Round the garden in 80 days #27

‘Don’t make perfection the enemy of the good’ is a phrase I have recently become acquainted with. It seems an excellent way of keeping expectations in proportion with reality.

So, how is this phrase relevant today?

Yesterday, in #26 I was musing about the garden path vis-à-vis the site for the new raised bed. Moving the stones, I knew, would be no bother. On the other hand, I was less than thrilled at the thought of digging out anymore violets.

Then I decided that a thick layer of newspapers would be my friend. I’d used this technique to eliminate the lawn and can at least see if this trick will work as well with violets as it did with grass.

So, after digging out bigger plants with sturdier root systems (eg dandelions and more strawberry plants), I brought out a pile of newspapers from the shed. Down they went over the area that needs de-violeting and then the stones for the path were easily moved to hold the newspapers down.

Yes, there are uncovered violets round the spot where the stones used to be and they will be dealt with in a similar manner. Though a brick will have to do to hold these newspapers down.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Round the garden in 80 days #27

  1. I must be the only one that likes violets. I’m glad you’re employing the newsprint method. I did that with cardboard many years ago, also to kill the lawn while enriching the soil.

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I use cardboard round my fruit bushes and it certainly helps to reduce weeds of all kinds. With stones on top those newspapers should save you loads of work.

  3. An interesting technique

  4. Carol anne says:

    I think your on to something Helen! I think the newspapers will work a treat!

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