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The Mulchification of America

Last year we didn't mulch the bushes and flowerbeds around the house, and naturally it meant a bumper crop of weeds.  This year I insisted we avoid this.  Darwin and I went to the hardware store, where I bought a bunch of hanging plants for the front porch and some potted plants for the altar.  We also bought several bags of red mulch.  Back home, I used two bags around my stone altar and set the plants around it.  (The pine trees poison nearly anything I could actually plant, so I don't.)  Lovely!

However, the bags of mulch proved not to be nearly enough, and it would be expensive to buy what we needed.  Darwin surfed around and found a nursery that sold it in bulk and would deliver--for half the price of bagged mulch.  We ended up with a great pile of it at the bottom of the driveway.  Darwin's sister and brother-in-law came over to help spread it, and we set to work.  I also trimmed some of the trees and bushes.

The mulch looks really good, and the weeds won't be a problem!

The next day, I got home from work and discovered our neighbor, who hadn't mulched last year, had a huge pile of it in his driveway.  Copycat!

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