Our gardening club is like a mini version of the country in many ways, but while that philosophical statement is broad, I am focusing more narrowly. I am talking about grass here. Most people typically live in homes, rented or owned and these homes have yards. Sometimes large yards; but me, I just have a couple of grass paths. Like the big lawns, the grass paths require care and attention. They require containing and guidance as I have shown in another posting featuring edging. Today I went a step further with the grass path care—I aerated them. Aerating my grass paths is something that I time. I wait for a moment where rain is forecast in the early spring. I first edge the paths and then the next day, I aerate the paths followed by a feeding of blood meal. My paths are looking sort of sorry at the minute. These paths make me think of the Scottish shortbread that I make with their little prik holes. You know, this aeration really is important for our grassy areas. The main reason to do it is to alleviate the compacting that occurs over the course of time. So, what’s the big deal— so my soil’s compacted. So what. Well it’s the nature of compacting— when the soil becomes compressed there is too little space between the particles underground. The result is that the air flow (oxygenation) is diminished, the water doesn’t soak down properly and there is a less than optimal uptake of nutrients. So then, the key word here is alleviation. The pressure of the compacting is alleviated, not removed. Like letting off steam as it were. To totally get rid of the compacting one would have to actually plough up the ground. The alleviation allows the three points above to be improved. That is my goal. While in the lottie, I checked in on the sugar snap peas that I planted a few days ago and one is coming up already. Woo-hoo ! One small step, but it is a beginning. It is exciting for me.