Something about the intense cold and the tons of snow we had this winter has led to a great deal of upheaval in the nearby yards. And I literally mean upheaval. Fence posts are thrown up out of the ground and are tilting at crazy angles; paving stones are all buckled and pushed around, and the grass in the yards is as wavy as an ocean. My garden itself seems pretty smooth in comparison. There are a few places where bulbs I evidently didn’t plant deeply enough are showing, but in general, the garden’s fared better than the walkways and grass.
When we moved in, my husband replaced some of the fence posts in our backyard. It was one of his first do-it-yourself projects here; he dug deep, round holes, poured in concrete (or do I mean cement?), and sank the fence posts. He was so, so proud of himself when he was done. I’m not sure what he did wrong, but those fence posts have been working their way out of the earth ever since he finished, and this year, they may finally have to be replaced if they’re to go on holding up fences.
Why is it that the fix-it-up projects that look the best right after you’re done turn out to be the ones that don’t last?