Adventures in landscaping part 1: discover that the former owners used a tarp-like building wrap under the mulch instead of proper landscape fabric. You know, this may seem like a resourceful, brilliant idea but I assure you, it is not. Building wrap (Tyvek style) is not meant to be permeable so instead of letting water sufficiently drain from the mulch it sits there and it molds, and it holds any soil that blows onto the mulch on top of it which means weeds grow there anyway. Kinda defeats the purpose of a landscape fabric don’t ya think? I personally prefer to use just mulch alone and no landscape fabric at all. It allows for sufficient drainage, allows any windblown soil to sift down below the mulch layer and lets my plants naturally spread as they are meant to. After about four hours of raking mulch back, pulling up the building wrap and raking the mulch back into place, I decided a mid-afternoon beverage was well deserved. Hello, summer mules!
This summer mule is a simple version of a traditional Moscow mule. I’ve used gin instead of vodka but you can use vodka (or even whiskey) if you wish. Lime, mint, cucumber and ginger beer or ginger ale round out the flavors for a refreshing summery drink. Ginger ale makes it a bit lighter so go for the ginger beer for a more authentic summer mule.
- 2 ounces gin or vodka
- ½ ounce elderflower liquor
- 4 ounces ginger beer (or ginger ale for a lighter version)
- juice of ½ lime
- 2 mint leaves
- 2 slices cucumber
- Fill a mug or other glass about half to ¾ full of ice.
- Add cucumber and mint leaves and muddle lightly with a spoon.
- Add the gin, liquor, lime juice and ginger beer and stir.
- Cheers to summer!