Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sodbuster

Well, construction of the bicycle path/dry arroyo has begun and should be finished by the end of the week. The biggest task so far has been digging up a beautiful stand of buffalo grass/blue grama (BGBG) that was growing smack dab in the middle of the proposed path and transplanting it to patchy spots in the front and back yards.  I've long had a vision for the veggie plot in which it is transformed from a neglected and forgotten former dog run/storage spot to a kitchen garden that pays homage to early prairie homesteaders. Since BGBG are the grasses that make up the foundation of the short grass prairie, I wanted to fill in the paths with this mix. I've made good progress toward that end, with about three-quarters of the space growing nicely with BGBG, but I still had one section to go:




The BGBG that is already established is growing very nicely and manages to crowd out the noxious grasses, like crab grass and foxtail, that were there before. It also looks beautiful:





Can't you just picture a woman homesteader walking out into a golden stand of prairie early in the morning to visit her garden?

So all week I've been digging up sod and transplanting it. In doing so, I temporarily created my own mini-sod farm:




I transplanted the sod the way my father taught me: dig a trench, pack in the chunks as tightly as possible and gently pound it in with your fist to make good contact with the soil. Then fill in any spaces between with loose dirt and water in.






Here are the results:




There now. Doesn't that look better already?

2 comments:

  1. Greetings from zone 3!

    Love your blog.

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  2. Yes, that looks better. It's great to see the before and after, and I hope there will be an after after...

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