With the new job it's been hard to keep up with the land plans. It is ironic that I'm working for a landscaping contractor who practices the more industrial form of 'landscaping'. He's a good guy though and has a great deal of knowledge in modern irrigation. The hombres have accepted me, I think. I'm the only 'wedo' on the past two jobs who was allowed into the beer cooler at the end of the day. I believe all grunt workers of the world can relate on a certain level. Some of us 'wedos', I admit, are a bit on the delicate side. I respect where these men have come from. I'm also referred to by name now instead of the general insult.

Overall everything is overgrowing as predicted. The driveway has deteriorated immensely from the recent rains. ( Mental note to transport rocks there). Tire tracks at the entry indicate the youngun's have re-discovered a country park and hang spot. They stayed on the margin and didn't leave any garbage but I think I'll put the bamboo back up.

 I was young once and we lacked places to just get out and go hang under a starry sky. I understand but the possibility exists of wrecking some carefully thought out organic systems. Maybe I should just create a space but the observant and pessimistic side of me says no way. Are the younger folk (in general) responsible enough today to handle such a gift with respect? My gut says NOPE.  Then again maybe they do nothing but sit there and stare at their phones.


Green Report 051515

A long stretch of days of cloud cover and rain. The growth  spurt for the few hours the sun light was visible was  phenomonal . Myceleum is abundant and fruiting bodies on  cultured forest beds is a good sign. Many more flowering  plants have shown themselves but so has the grass. The good  sign is it's the clump grass and not that damned sod/bermuda  left over still from the 50's. I am finding less and less of  that.
The immediately important preparations will be for the pears  and the dewberries. The winemaker is interested in  experimenting with both. Harvest will be soon for the raw  fruits and processed food like jams and pies.

 Top field: Buckeye flowers turning. Nuts soon.
Layer Thing: All but the old sweet corn has taken well.  Replaced old sweet corn with p/c corn transplants for now.  Will have to chop/drop and re-mulch between veg/flowers. 
Willy Nilly Sand Bed: one corn sprout, soybean spread well,  two pumpkin, echinacea finally showing. Snake activity. 
Shack deluxe: Strung one bean plant and one pumpkin plant.  cleared excess radish. All experiencing wonderful growth  spurt. Honey locust has spread it's limbs and the shack has  great natural cover already. Note to craft more solar  lights.
Tipi/Dead Dog Stump: Tatume doing well. Morning Glory spaced  well so far. Beans are at about 30%. Lichen increase on  stones. 
Lower Field: No new projects yet. Path visible. Honey  locusts and Dewberries spreading into niches. Churning good.
Drive bed 01:
Hectic: Corn, beans, and pumpkin showing well. Sumac going  crazy. Pruned all stumps. Mowed out topper and dog bush.  Will observe for regrowth.
Pods: Lettuce still stumped. Sunflowers showing. Radishes  waning.
Tree Tiki: Pruned lower limbs. Pulled clump grass and put in  bamboo guides around Morning Glories. Canine maintains  interest in northern part of stump. No visible but olfactory  sense of myceleum is strong. 
Lonely Bean: Still lonely and growing slow.
Drivebeds 2/3: Slow dewberries. Sunflowers taking time. Need to prune trees.
Back: Passing glances. Wysteria is gone complete. No in depth exploration yet other than chasing canine. Canine has made friends with small neighborhood canines.


Canceled Identity: You are now absorbed.

It's amazing how moving leaves around, worms, discarded human pulp products, vegetable remains, poop, peed on it, spilled beer, a couple of roaches, pocketfuls of seeds, some wood chunks with white stuff on them, electric company clearing crew remains, and a dog that keeps wanting to dig it all up too. He's helping until he gets thunderfaced.


Yeah, this song has been playing in my head for a few weeks now and it won't fucking go away. Thanks yall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udmTfK6_aM8


The Things

This project has been so ongoing that it's cemented into my psyche as a base record of other events. The super psychedelic DIY mind melt project. It seems there's a resistance though, even still, to 'home made' art.

I was asked to do a live painting and was tempted to say yes. A live painting utilizing the things could prove to be a wonderful experiment. Interactive art can be a gamble based on audience vs. participant.

Spring Notes: Red Clover

Rained today, scarce sun. Stormed briefly around 3p with a good downpour, little wind, lightning in proximity.   

Birds are pleased with recent developments and perching the edge again. A noticeable increase in butterflies and dragonflies. Spotted a bat in the direct front yard / top field. Neighborhood canines and felines continue to visit. House Canine is using pathways now.

Red Clover everywhere. Bees have not re-established water meter hive. 

Driveway: Continues to be a problem and only re-emphasizes need to re-construct vehicle / main path. 

Top Field: Raked Mimosa head again. Steam pile out, left it be. Radishes around shack excelling beyond other areas. Contour differences becoming more prominent visually.

Drive bed 02: sm basket dewberry flowers.  

Pole bed: raked back front half, collected large bundle cleavers. Purple Irises budding out.

Pod beds: Canine now brings ball back to bush as base instead of Hackberry tree. Pulled /clump grass. One new corn shoot. med basket of redbud flowers. New turkey tails. 

Backyard border: Wysteria has at least doubled since last year. Contacted winemaker.