I've only had a small amount of time to work on the layout thanks to taxes and the weather, but I did manage to get some base scenery applied using some of the ground foam I recently acquired.
First I cleared off the area again.
Using Mod Podge thinned with water 50/50, I applied it with a 1" foam brush within a few inches of the ballast, as well as getting some on the lower portions of the ballast shoulder and then used a kitchen sieve and sprinkled a good layer of the Earth blend over the glued areas.
Once it was dry I vacuumed the excess up and reclaimed it to use later.
I repeated this process for the Turf blend. I made sure the glue mixture partially overlapped the Earth blend and proceeded to cover the rest of the areas as well. After letting it dry as before I again used the vacuum to reclaim the excess Turf blend.
Next I came back with an assorted variety of colors and coarser ground foam to give a little more flavor and texture. I sprinkled this with my fingers and tried to blend the two previous layers of Turf and Earth. This was then sprayed with 70% alcohol to wet it before applying more Mod Podge thinned to a 3:1 ratio.
The dark ground cover is dried, crushed leaves, I plan to plant a batch of trees in this location. I've read and seen how others have used this method to represent the ground cover under the trees.
I'm far from done with this scene, once I get all of this base down I'll come back with some static grass to add some depth and color, then some trees.
It feels good to get some scenery down again.