Often these days, as we work on the house and yard, I wish I could work and not grow tired or get sore muscles. I am digging a flower garden under our bedroom windows. The soil here is clay-y. It is moon dusty when dry, when you wet it, it becomes runny and sticky, then when that dries, it's hard as rock. In fact, the dirt does form rock and it's called caleachie. So digging is very difficult and you have to amend the soil before you can plant anything. I am moving the plants from the side of the house to the front because we are going to put a concrete sidewalk from the garage to the side door. I was told there shouldn't be plantings right next to the house because it will undermine the soil next to the greenboard that skirts the crawlspace under the house. We can end up with pools of water under the house and grow mosquitos. Don't want that with the West Nile Virus present in the Phoenix area.
On that note, I'll get back to digging.