The thing I am looking forward to most about my son starting junior high school in April is not having to go and get him from school at 3:30 every day. Because we chose to take the kids to a school that is not within walking distance of our house I have spent the last 8 years getting frustrated every afternoon when I start to do something in the garden, but realise I have to stop soon to go and get the kids from school. Half the time I figure I only have an hour or so and therefore there is no point in actually starting. Lately I have been trying to change that attitude though and looking at it from the point of view that I have a whole hour to spend in the garden so what can I get done?
Today I started working on the back garden area that has always been a bit of a mess. I find this area hard as it has never really been a "garden", but is probably supposed to be a Japanese style garden as it is outside our tatami room. Although I spent a bit more than an hour, I ended up pulling out all the weeds, making an edge for the area, piling up all the remaining big rocks that I couldn't smash for the front garden and then smashing up some roof tiles to make another layer of rocks in front of them. Hopefully I will get around to getting some shitake log mulch in the next week or so for the front area and maybe plant a few grasses or something there. Anything has to be better than weeds!