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Mulched base of tree.This is the season when you can easily lose your garden if you don't keep the weeds below the level of the emerging seedlings.  So, for days and days and days, our outdoors chores have consisted of hours and hours and hours of weeding and mowing.  I can't speak for Mark, but I'm heartily sick of it.

But Thursday afternoon I took a little break to mulch.  This is the dessert, the gravy at the end of weeding.  Well-rotted wood chips, streaked with white lines of mycelia, sodden with imbibed rainwater.  I can't really explain why I love mulching --- maybe because I know that for every hour I spend mulching, it saves three or four hours of later weeding, maybe because I know the mulch will break down and feed my perennials.  Regardless, I feel revived enough to carry on weeding like crazy for another couple of weeks until the garden is safe.

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