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..

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

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…

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…

Migraine Awareness Month & Drip System

June is Migraine Awareness Month. Here’s my 2 cents worth on the subject:

One of the things about having migraines is that nothing can get done in an orderly process. I can chip away at projects, but I can’t complete them in the same day. In addition, it can take me a very long time to figure out how I want to proceed in any project. My pain free time is limited, I want to be precise in my actions. “No time for dilly dally”, my Dad would say.

Tonight I linked garden beds #1 and #6 on the drip system.

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Using compression elbow, for extra strength.

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Next time I work on it, I’ll be linking #2 and #5. THEN I’ll be digging out bed #1 to begin the long awaited worm bed.

To be continued…

Bunnies and Worms

Took over a month to find a local source of rabbit droppings for the worm garden.

Next step in preparation for the worms:
*Block sun from east (using solid wood)
*Obtain shade cloth, to protect from western sun

*Dig dirt out of bed (cats used it)
*Prepare mulch for bed
*Finish drip system for the bed

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Cut plywood to conform to bed size. Really like the little Rockwell hand saw.

Painted one side and one edge of the plywood.

To be continued…

Drip System Repair. First things first.

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Worked on the drip system for the garden beds. Previous owner laid pvc pipe from west side of driveway to the beds. This inlet pipe was leaking, so I cut off the leaking part and glued on the repair.

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Here is the other end of the laid pipe. To the left, it runs off to the beds. To the right is experimental.

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The beds will have hose that runs up and out, so I won’t have to lean over too far to turn on/off any particular bed. Still needs refinement.

Checked on transplants. Doing ok. Will add mushroom mulch later.

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Greenhouse plants look better. Need to find new homes for these. Are ready for planting into the soil.

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Took a moment to enjoy the view.

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Pecan tree on the right. Oak and tangerines on left and center. Still rationing water. Probably won’t have fruit to harvest again this year.

To be continued…