Saturday, April 17, 2010

On The Place Of Slate Chippings In The Domestic Garden

I did it, you know. Shifted 7 cubic tonnes of plum slate chippings. Each shovelful, each barrow load, each knackering run between non-returnable bag to dump site, nearly killed me. I staggered in afterwards, and standing at the kitchen sink as the kettle boiled I actually lost the ability to think. Ever had that happen? Then let that be a lesson to you.
Never take on a garden with slate chippings. No matter how much you love your client.


April said...

So, I had to google slate chippings. You're a goddess, you know.

I've been planting at our new house. My mother is an amazing gardener/ landscaper, but it's all new to me. I watched about 8 trillion YouTube videos by Stephen Hayes -- do you know of him?-- in prep for planting apple trees. I've thought of you many times, which is odd, since I don't actually know you, but I didn't let that stop me. :)

Amalee Issa said...

Remember that scene from "The Burbs?" "Once they get inside your head Ray, your lost!"

I shall send you a couple of links to brilliant websites, and interrogate you by email as to your orchard choices. You'll need to send me that thing Americans do with zoning - let me know your horticultural zone. Your mother is fabulous.


April said...

Our zone is 5. Though, in our yard, my mother maintains, it could be a 5b. Who am I to argue?

I posted about our trees on my blog. They aren't here yet. I'm eager to get them in the ground!