Amid the drone of the cicadas and the zipping of the dragonflies, the lazy, humid, languid days of July are coming to an end. The heavy air can keep one out of the garden just a bit too long. The crabgrass is growing with seemingly frenetic fervor and those walkways have been inundated with a myriad of weeds. Short of spraying herbicide, the only option is digging out the offenders. The walkway should be relaid with no cracks or crevices but that is a major project which probably will not get done. There is a small area by the walkway which has ledge removed for drainage but the ledge is not far from the surface so options other than plants are required. I have had some stone dust here but it washes out and the weeds are hard to pull.
This is what the area looked like a couple of weeks ago before I tackled the task of cleanup. It is the area along the walkway which is pretty much green in this shot. In my defense, Buffa10 called and I answered. Tackle it though I did and here is how it looks right now.
I am pleased with the little Mexican beach buttons which only look better when they get wet.
They come in a bag and can also be used to mulch your cactus, aloe or agaves in containers.
Here is a closer picture of the stones which are available at stone yards and garden centers.
On another note, the cucumbers have been producing prolifically. I need to make some refrigerator pickles or something, I guess. These are quite crunchy and tasty. I think they were English longs. I hope your garden is producing. What are you picking these days?