I hand dug trenches, and did a simple turn of the dirt. Heavy clay and very compacted, that might have been why grass never grew there. Also moved about 3 cubic yards of compost to amend the soil. (We have a compost bin in the back corner, dump grass, shredded leaves, sawdust and jointer/planer waste and what not in. Turn it a few times a year, keep it wet, and in 2 years to have this great black dirt compost. Tossed some lime and 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer in. Then borrowed a neighbor's tiller, and tilled it all in.
Put wet newspaper down, and some landscape fabric to keep the weeds from popping up. Put a 4' fence around it to keep bunnies and deer out (those !@#$!@# have eaten all the tulips and some of the daisies).. Seeds have been started already, lots to grow this year:
- green beans (bush)
- black beans (bush)
- Roma tomatoes
- heirloom tomatoes
- sweet peppers (banana)
- hot peppers (jalapeno)
- squash (yellow)
- egg plant
- basil (this'll be container grown I think)
Anyway, seeds are almost all sprouted in starter pots. Will need to transfer them once to larger pots, then into the ground they go.
From all the work, only a few splinters and no bad blisters, thankfully.
As for the job search, have an offer with a small company in the area. The work they do sounds really interesting. I'd be 'in charge' of a large project, and would work as-needed on other stuff. Very mathy and analytical type work, not just coding. That appeals to me, get to stretch my brain. But being a small company (9 folks) benefits might be an issue. Struggle to figure it all out.
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