There are days when I just feel like a big curmudgeon. Last season I did a whole series of posts called “Let’s Not Be Mindless…” about different things including how to use mulch. Most times when I talk about why I don’t use mulch on my heavy, wet clay soil I feel a little like John the Baptist: a lonely voice crying out in the wilderness.
Unlike John, however, my voice is rarely heeded. I think people think I am just a contrarian.
Now it’s “spring” (at least according to the calendar) or what passes for spring in my part of the country: cold, wet damp days on end followed by an occasional nice day or perhaps even an unseemly warm day. Mud season. People ask my why I’m not out working in the garden.
“Can’t,” I reply. “The soil is too wet. I’ll ruin it.”
Now I might as well be one of those mythical beasts with 3 or 4 heads from the looks I get. Even the magazines are running articles and newsletter posts with titles like “Get Out There!”
Well, yes, and no. Depending on where you live, what your conditions are, and how wet your soil is, you can really be doing a lot of harm if you “get out there” and walk on wet lawn or soil.
So gardeners, know yourselves, your gardens and your conditions. And on a bright sunny day, if those conditions aren’t right for working in the garden, take a walk instead!