Anyway, this weekend I planted 4 New Zealand Snow White tea trees (leptospermum, for those of you that need to know - I love that). They are really quite gorgeous.
Working with my own two hands in the dirt is so incredibly rewarding for me.
Last July I planted zucchini in the same spot. When I dug the holes for the plants, I found so many rocks, construction debris and various other items that generally do not belong in soil. I was so sad to see that there were no earthworms. The soil was not fertile.
When I planted the zucchini, I amended the soil. All winter long, I got lovely zucchini that I grated into my meatloaf and enchiladas, sauteed with Trader Joe's chicken sausage and ate raw right out of the garden.
When I went to plant my tea trees this weekend, I found hundreds of earthworms - big and juicy and little guys crawling through the soil making it full of good nutrients. I am really freaking proud of my soil!!!! I've been saving coffee grounds and egg shells to further enrich the soil in my back yard. I spread out a little coffee, some crushed egg shells and went to work. I dug 8 gallon holes and planted the trees. They should provide shade and privacy when they grow to their full height of 8 feet. They also smell lovely and have beautiful white flowers.
All weekend I've been combing my landscaping books and magazines. With some serious sweat equity, I swear, by this summer I am going to have a landscaped garden. This is the year!
Tomorrow I'll share with you the huge pot of delicious chicken soup I made last night!!!
Damn. I'm Doris freakin' Day. Who's the Jewish equivalent of Doris Day?