Here’s my rock garden — at least, my flower beds surrounded by rocks — after a very light shower: There are circular marks where single droplets struck the stone!

The soil of the bed was mulched, it’s dark with carbon, and soaking up moisture; the soil of the “lawn,” which I really want to abolish, wasn’t, isn’t, and isn’t. Mulch really does help soil become more and more like itself, doesn’t it? Whereas a “lawn” is as empty and flat as a mirror.

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