What a Great Way to begin a day!
But before I could spread the mulch,
I needed to put my compost pile's "Black Gold" to good use!
Yes, it was a challenge to sift, given the extremely dry conditions around here.
I dug big clods of dry dirt onto the sifter.
(The pulverized dirt will fall through a double layer of hardware cloth;
the top layer being slightly less wide than the box and free on one end.)
This is what remained after the rest had fallen through the mesh layers.
A fun exercise was to flip those remaining little clods onto the
other side of the compost pile!
(Below you'll see the results of the first "flip.")
Yes, I continued to work until I'd nearly filled my wheelbarrow three times.
The "Black Gold" was distributed over the Woodland Walk, the Big Backyard Shady Bed,
and the small Bed by the Shed.
It wasn't until later in the afternoon (after the beds had been sufficiently watered)
that the mulch began to be distributed. I still have quite a bit to put out... but
and I want to take my time!
Nothing "shady" here but the shade!