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. 

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

Exploding Water!

The heat. Gets so that I could only work in the yard by whatever area had shade.

No longer! Mom gave me a spare outdoor umbrella and stand. Made a huge difference today. Thanks Mom!

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The existing drip system runs underground, through pvc, from the Bird of Paradise to the garden beds. I’ll modify that aspect later, as we got new outdoor water faucets installed.

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I’m modifying the system further, at the bed sites, by replacing thin hosing with the standard drip hose. Running the hose to go up and over the edging of the bed, with spickots at each bed.

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Having the spikots up and over the bed edge means I won’t have to¬† get on my knees to turn on or off water to a particular bed.

Four beds now have water to the beds. Turned on the water to test for leaks. Had four explosions.

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Fixed those.

Next step, run tubing in the Iris bed. Poor plants..down to three in the bed.

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To be continued…

B6 Soak

I transplanted some plants, planted some plants.

Whenever I plant or transplant I always give the plants a good soaking with vitamin B6.

Steeping in B6 today are: calla lilies, some succulents, geranium, and hydrangea.

The geranium and hydrangea were given to me, by Mom. The geranium is special scented to repel bugs. You just grab some leaves and rub then on exposed skin.

The hydrangea blooms in three colors! Can’t wait to see that.

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Thanks Mom!

 

To be continued…

Water, water, flower, and tree.

Mom got me a cool water hose.  It expands when it’s full of water, shrinks when water isn’t in it.

It’s a rather delicate tool.  Having broken one before, I decided to make a little bucket, to store it.

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Safety razor blade, next to bucket.   Ready!

I used the razor blade to make one of the holes larger.  Cool.

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I have a barrel on the garden patio, primarily to water the compost. Secondary to help with planting. I put a “bubbler” on the hose so I don’t have to hold the hose while the barrel fills.

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Spearmint and tobacco plant, soaking in water before I transplant.

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This is a resin cast squirrel. Damit was unclear about it.

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Wore my grandmother’s hat!

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Teeny flower. A few bloom.  Has a very short blooming period.

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Barrel done!

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Dang critters made a big hole in the area where logs are waiting to get split.

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EWWWW! I hate having to do this! I filled the hole with dog poop. I strongly encourage the squirrels to relocate. Can’t argue with proven results.

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Went to Oceanside later. These trees are in bloom.  Have no idea what it’s called.  Will upload the pics to an app, which will hopefully identify it.  Would like a couple on our property.

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One flower pod.  Any ideas as to the name?

To be continued…