Hillside Project - Phase One Update
What a difference a month makes. We have not had a lot of rain but a little goes a long way when at the same time the temperature drops by 20 degrees and the sun becomes a stranger. The picture above was taken during the middle of the Camp Fire at the very end of the dry season. The much more verdant looking shot below was taken roughly five weeks later. Other than a chance of frost in Jan/Feb now is a good time to plant. The available soil moisture gives plants a head start before the dry season returns.
|December 2018 - post juniper removal|
|Adding oyster shell and crushed volcanic rock|
Hmm - the piles of crushed rock I added to improve drainage look pitifully small. I'll add more before planting. Also sprinkled over the length of this planting space are crushed oyster shells for calcium and a bag of azomite which adds trace elements ( learn more Micronutrients: missing pieces of the plant nutrition puzzle )
|Yours Truly delivering 4 yds of soil amendment|
Amended native soil
|Telluride Gold Drystack|
I've been using a lot of the rustic looking, drystack stone pictured above over the last few years. It's manageable for 1 or 2 people to move, easy to stack, and I like how it's warm colors contrast with the blues and greens of agave and aloes. I just happened to buy the last palette in stock - I hope Lyngso orders more.
|Starting a serpentine wall|
|Landscape wall almost done.|
Ok, so between demolition, trips to buy materials, amendment, rough grading and building a small, decorative wall I've already invested a lot of time. Planting usually goes pretty fast but acquiring some of the plants I have my eye on will take even more time. Luckily in my backyard there are a few dozen agave I've been growing in 5 gal pots that are ready to go in the ground but this wont be enough...
In my next post I'll show how the planting is progressing. Until then - Happy New Year!