The new bed is working out
I’m relieved that the new bed actually seems happy. The solarizing then adding soil really worked well back there, and I intend to use it again. Right now I am working on another grass removal experiment in the back yard, in a spot where the dogs have already killed most of the grass. I just put some plants in, threw a temporary fence around it to keep the dogs out, and that’s it. Of course now that the dogs aren’t disturbing it any more and it’s getting water frequently, the grass is coming back! So now my plan is to loosen the soil a bit with the fork, pull up the grass, put in some more plants, and mulch it to keep the grass down. This may be my new little wildscape area where I have a birdbath and birdfeeders, and eventually a little fountain or pond. It’s a work in progress.
Last year’s work did pay off, with the orchid tree blooming in front of the salvia and mutabilis rose.