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

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…

Bunny hole plugged

Summer moved in all the squirrels and bunnies. They have dug holes deeper than last year – and crawling deep under the trees.

Today was a good day.  I pitched all the small and medium sized bricks and rocks from my metal excavation, into the wagon. Left the big ones there. I’m not quite stong enough to pick those up anyway.

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Cut up all the termite infested planks that used to be the top of a picnic table. Got to use my portable electric saw. Yay! Put those remnants in the trash can.

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Dropped off all the rocks into the hole at the tree. About 18″ deep, covering about a quarter of the base of the tree. Covered that with a wagon full of chippings.  Looks good.

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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…