Digging Up the Pipeline

A garden needs water. I want to have the water on an automatic system in order to water the plants on migraine days and days when we are away from home.

The previous owner laid a line that goes from the patio/driveway area to the garden bed area. We had new water lines laid out last year – I can now merge those lines.

Trimmed some live oak in my way. That looks like a bush. It’s all clippings.

Came across some big rocks. Some weigh as much as 20 pounds. Good exercise for the day.

 

Checked on the drip system line on the north side of the property. Since I had my clippers with me, I trimmed a bit there too. The delicate flowering tree to the right of the bridge.

To be continued..

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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..

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…