You may recognize the picture from an earlier post. Today, I'm focusing on the flower bed behind the darn House Sparrows.
This particular bed has been a thorn in my side since we moved in, 8 years ago. No matter what I do to amend the soil, it always reverts back to "dead dirt". There is nothing living in this dirt. Not one bug or worm. Every year it gets compost, but every year the plants don't seem to do well. They flower, but the green part begins looking anemic by mid-summer.
The old fashioned orange Cosmos are the only things that really thrive. Growing underneath them, is portulaca. Not the pretty, flowering kind, but the wild version. The yellow flowers they produce are about half as big as these letters.
I want, badly, not to just nuke the entire bed with Round Up and cover it with black plastic, but I'm just about there. I considered removing all the dirt and bringing in new, but the two Mountain Laurel trees don't seem to care one bit about the poor soil. I don't want to kill them by shocking them with a big change.
My other option, is to just dig out the entire mess, cap all the sprinkler heads and pour concrete. Who needs pretty flowers and butterflies and bees and birds anyway? What about some nice lawn chairs and an umbrella?