winn decided to set up his own lawn chemistry lab at home. he got one of those soil-testing kits to find out which nutrients our poor lawn is lacking. we have really rocky soil (lots of limestone) and southern sun exposure on our hill, which fries the grass. he discovered that the pH was too high, and we needed to add some aluminum sulfate. so hopefully we're on our way to a greener, lusher lawn!
in between rains, i spent much of this week doing yard work and planting flowers and plants in our back yard. i planted some creeping phlox and other perennials above our retaining wall and then laid some mulch. i also planted several annuals in hanging baskets and pots, including petunias, impatiens, and salvias. now it's even more enjoyable to eat our supper out on the deck on these nice summer evenings.