Most of the “body” of the Turtle Island is covered by Thyme, Thymus Praecox pseudo langinosus (see Groundcovers). The Thyme grows beautifully and is a slow creeper. We like to keep the edges razor-sharp, like they where painted, and this Thyme is ideal for that. It can be left unattended for a while and will keep sharp edges for a couple of months.
A small hand-rake to temporarily remove the gravel and a pair of household- scissors to cut the Thyme is all that is needed. The thyme is like a carped and can be clipped like a linen-cloth. And of course we need our gravel-rake to bring the gravel back to where it came from, with or without waves, depending on my mood.
And of course, while we are clipping, ants are crawling over my hands.
If you want to know more about our relation with ants, please read the earlier post on the subject.
So, before I rake the gravel back I first spay with a pesticide in an attempt to try to at least limit the uncontrollable expansion.
You may have noticed the special sit of the author. Although perhaps not the most charming position, it is the posture that I use about half of the time that I spend working in the garden. Most people can’t sit this way on their heels but squatting on the ground in this way is a really comfortable posture to perform ground-level work.