Start small.

I’m one who prepares for everything. I think big and have the patience to start small.  In the terms of gardening, I’m frustrated.

I write a budget every month. Every month I think of how little I pay for the fresh food I buy, and how I’d enjoy it more if I picked it out of my garden.  Financially.

We had company last week, my friend Rich Taub, came out to California with his daughter, Ava.  

“Hi Rich!!” 33 years and counting!

As we toured the property, the bees attacked​ my German Shepherd, Hubby’s English Pointer, and Hubby.  We weren’t close enough to the hive to impose a threat. The bees on our property have grown aggressive.  

Video:  Artistian Water is back!

The lift of the drought brought artistian water back!  The tiny pond is serving​ as a watering home for the bees, but it is very close to the house. I’m crushed that I have to call an exterminator. It goes against my personal philosophy.

Here’s today’s work: 

Four O’Clocks cleared out of targeted “worm bed”.  I pulled most of the leaves off for the compost.  The branches take too long to deteriorate, they will go out to the local “greens” pickup with the trash.  The green that’s in the bed – that’s Four O’Clocks roots. I’m going to pot them and put them by our bedroom window. When they are bloomed, we’ll have their​ wonderful scent enhancing our sleep. 

Here’s my Start Small: Lemon Verbena.  Super delicious in infused water.

To be continued..

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This ‘n That

Big weekend. Hubby and I did some projects together, some individually.

Cleaned the fish pond.

Put license plate collection up.

Moved barrels to open up squirrel hunting. Put down a trap.

Took time to appreciate the flowers. 

Check out curly.All the variations of the Four O’clock plant.. I’m in awe. The scent is pure perfume.

Frank found homes from our last excavation in the desert..red lava, bottles..mingled it in with rocks and metal.

Headlights, railroad rails, railroad ties, railroad spikes.

Shadow is keeping eye out for bunnies and squirrels.

Took a break inside to polish silver. $5 find, plated silver fruit bowl. 

Back outside, taking stock of drought victims.

Mosey back to worm bed. Admiring last week’s work.

Still thinking about making it deeper. I’ll probably go down to double the depth. Make it easier to turn the compost and have a lot of wonderful nutrient rich soil.

Last two projects of the weekend involve Flex Seal, in a can. This PVC pipe goes from the driveway to the garden beds. I don’t want to use pvc glue, because I can smell the glue, in the water, for over 6 week’s after application. I don’t want that in my soil or food.

Used green scrub to scratch up the pipe, for adhesion. The paint dries on the quick side, so I moved as quickly as I could. If the  lid is left off too long, it will form skim. 

The mess is easy clean up. Wipes right off my hands. Use mineral spirits to clean the brush. Easy.

24-48 hour cure. Will be safe for drinking.

The TV commercial for Flex Seal advertises that you can dip tool handles in for nice, smooth grip. Putting it to the test. 

Electric Gardening

Dug out the dirt, down to the rusted wire cloth. About seven 5-gallon containers to get there. Using an oscillating tool to cut the wire away from the cinder blocks.

I’m assuming, at this point, that I’ll be able to pull the remaining wire out from under the cinder block. If not, I’ll just bend them over to reduce opportunity for tetanus. My current immunization is good for four more years.

The oscillating tool is so cool. It works so quickly, and on various surfaces. I think I might be able to use it to carve holes through the concrete in the cinder blocks, so I can put pvc frame in..to turn the beds into mini greenhouses.

No picture of activity of the garden today. Got too dark. I got dirty though!

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you! I’m getting coffee grounds (for free!) from Starbucks. BIG bag! The clerks really don’t like making the bag of used grounds; I try to appear super grateful. (“Asking for you to do your job”.)

Next prospective source is local craft beer shops. Hops gets discarded after it’s intended purpose during beer manufacturing.

Link for Bunny Poop for Easy Perfect Soil here.

Chipping moved!

Mulch, mulch, mulch. Hubby loaded and dumped it, I raked it in place.

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Cleared out more grass for the mint to come.

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This is really past flowering time. I’m quite happy about this.

Checked out some bunny work:

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Another shrub flowering:

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Found more Lilly bulbs. Just planted them straight away in the pot I want them to live in.

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And just in case you forgot..bunny poop..

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I genuinely tried to get the rusted wire out of the proposed work garden. When it was cool enough to work, the bugs kept pestering me.

Do those bug repellant candles and coils really work?

I think it’s time for power tools.

To be continued…

Video of progress
Video tour of bunny holes

Transplants Ready for Adoption

Hubby and I had found several lilly bulbs and lilly babies when we cleaned up after a fallen tree.

By description, these are supposed to be content in full sun, but this variety doesn’t tolerate it. Partial sun, mostly shade.

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I had pampered them in the greenhouse before I transplanted them into pots.

They are ready to go to their new home, as soon as my friend can make the travel to pick them up.

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To be continued…

Dig That Dirt

Got the rabbit poop started – collecting it at least. Also have a small bag of worm castings.

The evening weather is just now cool enough to dig the dirt out of the raised bed that the bunny poop is going to go into.

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Located the “bottom” of the bed. Some sort of wire mesh. It’s all rusted out, so I’m going to have to replace it..If it wasn’t for those pesky gophers.

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About 2/3rd dug out. 14 5-gallon buckets worth. Doing 7 buckets per day so as not to induce a migraine. Putting the dirt in an area that the gophers aerated.

Listening to the hummingbirds fight, the fish pond gurgling, the water fountain cascading. The scent of four o’clock flowers fills the air..which is why I enjoy doing this work in the evening.

Of course, THIS is what I’d rather be doing to the gophers..Blow up gopher holes!  As far as I could tell, no gophers were harmed in the creation of this video.

To be continued…