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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Garden Rehab

This weekend was very much a "let's rehab the garden" weekend. Yesterday we went to Lowes, and picked up supplies: planters, seeds, potting soil, seedling starting soil, a rubber mallet, some wire mesh and other fun things. I rehabbed a few older plants - repot, refertilise etc, but burned out under the blistering heat of the sun too fast. The most important thing completed was the maintenance of the arugula plant:


Arugula Progress

 This is the only blighter that survived a random and horrific rainstorm that killed the rest of her sisters. So she got some more nutrition and a new pot, and I chucked in a few seeds on the offchance it's not too hot for them to grow now.

Today, I planted even more. From left to right: bucket o'wood (waiting to be turned into something else), planters with bee/hummingbird friendly flowers (waiting for better soil to occur) and cucumber seedlings.

Planter Setup

Bee/Hummingbird friendly planters

Cucumber planters

Allegedly, cucumber seedlings cope quite well with being planted directly into the ground they're supposed to grow in. But can be tricky if they're container grown (chosen for tidiness and efficiency - in the future they'll be in raised beds). Who knows, we'll see how this turns out. It's a cheap experiment.

Hops Progress

The hops are turning out well.

Fred. Zucchini plant.

As is the zucchini plant. I've not kept count, but I think we've had well over 10 zucchinis so far - the great thing about these, are that the more you pick, the more they grow, so you don't get a huge harvest all at once. The best way to cook them so far: cut them into thin strips and stir fry them.

The Mulch Pile! It works!

The mulch pile, much to our surprise, is actually breaking down the weeds into something extremely useful. For an area that is so dry, it's decomposing well. Which is great, because we needed it for this sucker:

Compost Enclave

A compost enclave! Now we're getting serious about gardening, and composting is relieving us of a lot of garbage, it's time to build a really big pile of the stuff so that we don't have to purchase store bought fertiliser or schlep the cheap stuff from the dump on a borrowed/rented truck. This was very much inspired by the ladies of Chance Ranch, who continue to lead the way in accessible sustainable living (for us, anyway).Total cost: $35 for the wire mesh, $0 for the PVC piping, which we salvaged from the gross pile of contractor waste under the mulberrry tree (now halfway depleted thanks to a lot of hard work).

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