And there it is! We worked in some amendments (10-10-10, super phosphate) and compost and the guys helped me cover it over. A little further into the season I plan on a load of pine straw, but for now it will be fine.
I worked in a lot of last year's compost in the hole left where the myrtle used to be. Opening up so much new sunny garden space does make me a little giddy with possibilities.
I think I may start this new plot with a crop of early teff or barley, followed up by a late summer corn. Then again, it would also be great for some winter squash. I'm setting in some cinder blocks around the edges for weed control and path clarity, but I wound up three short. I hate to pay for new ones, so I'll just wait until I find a few more to salvage here and there.
What little troopers these guys are. They shoveled hard, had fun, and smooshed every grub. We even found a cicada still in its underground shell, but put it back before I got a picture. These two have earned a park outing for sure. Tomorrow the weather will turn again, reminding us it is still January, after all.
I'm glad we got this tree moved during such a perfect window of opportunity.
The coming rain will help the tree, and our new plot will have time to compost and settle for a few more weeks. I'll give it a little time, but those strawberry plants I mentioned earlier will go around the base, along with some perennials (still to be determined).
Starting tomorrow I will be more than ready for some less backbreaking projects, though.
Preferably involving fabric.
For now, keep calm and shovel on!