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.

Swiped Plants

There are these incredibly bright bunches of flowers that are scattered all over our village roads. Seem to be of a succulent sort, as it is seen out in the open of full sun and thriving. Have no idea what they are called.

On our way home today (from the annual Gas Bash in Fontana, California), I asked hubby to pull over at the field that I’ve scouted out. I jumped out and pulled enough to fill two pots.

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The plants in the B6 bath have been moved to the greenhouse. I really enjoy my plant meter. I used it to determine which plants had soaked long enough. So handy! Paid a few bucks for it. It’s value is greater.

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Doesn’t take much to make me happy.

To be continued…

D-fence and D-shed.

Last Thursday I just kind-of lost it.

I’ll have periods where I’m ignoring and pondering something on the property, and then all of a sudden, I get out the tools and “fix that dang thing, for once and for all!”

That day, it was the plants at the gate. While I was in a good mood, I attacked the shed door next.

The plants line the opening portion of the driveway, to the north-ish.  However, when I open the gate to get the car through, I always have to fight the plants a bit, to keep the gate open.

The electric hedge trimmer required four extension cords, from the house to the gate.  The trimmer came with the property.  I think the blades need sharpening, as the work took longer than expected.

I forgot to take the “before” photo.

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There’s the mangling I did.

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I can almost open the gate as wide as I want, but this is much better.

By the by, below is a short video of the coolest thing that Frank did to the gate. He fixes things so that they work with the least amount of effort.

Little Effort

The trimmer is stored in the shed.  The shed door gets hung up when it’s opened and closed.  I spent about an hour trimming the bottom of it..just right.  Used a cool tool that I bought with Mom at Harbor Freight (some guys tried to pick us up there – ha!).
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See the stacked bricks at the bottom of the door?  I put them there to cover up the hole that the rats were working on.  I began applying wood putty to it, however it was going to take too long to build it. I had to leave that project and think about it more.

Yesterday Frank noticed the shed door opened easier.  He gave the door a quick fix of the hole that the rats have been working on. WHOO-HOO! It’s great when a marriage works like that.

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To be continued…

Succulent and Nesting Material

This cute, little succulent is called “Haworthia Attenuata”.  The common name is Zebra Plant.  I like it because it’s small, and for a succulent, it’s colourful.  When it flowers, it projects a long, thin stem, from which a few teeny flowers pop out, which are also stripped.

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My daughter, Erin, painted the small purple pot.  I only managed to get four separate plants from this group.

I had an idea to decorate the other box of nesting supplies, from the previous post, with melted marbles.  I located and sorted all the small ones that I have.  When I was deciding on which type of adhesive to use, the instructions suggested a bond onto a painted surface..so..

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..I painted the surface!

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It’s a color that I had custom made for a portion of a wall in our living room.  I hadn’t seen it out of the can yet.  Sometimes it looks blue, other times it looks like lavender, depending on the lighting.

Next stage is gluing on the marbles.  I’m thinking of hanging a sort of beaded earing off of the sides of the handle.

To be continued..

Planting Cannas. Part 2 of 2. Winter Spring.

The native flowers came out this week. Up and down the freeway, you can see orange and yellow California Poppies.  This sight is only here for a few weeks.  It is my heart’s declaration of spring.

It rained yesterday. 1/10 of an inch.  That’s quite a lot for this drought driven period.  The birds are happy about it.  The squirrels announced it’s time to migrate closer to our house.

I checked out our plants that I planted in the last few days.  Most of the canna show promise. Those that have not popped up from the dirt yet, I’m keeping them where they are.

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For the ones that have shown the greatest promise, I have moved their pots to dwell in the iris bed.

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The canna rhizomes that I promised to plant elsewhere, have been planted. I had talked to my husband in deciding a suitable place that would be pleasant to the eye; when we walk out of the house. We decided that the ridge just beyond the firewood pile would be a suitable place.

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I found that I can nurture a plant to death.  Thus, I decided to just scratch out a little hole and throw the rhizomes in there. Covering it up with the dirt, stamping on it, and placing a marker.

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I moved on in my winter spring mood to clean out a couple of wooden pieces that I’m hoping the birds will use for nesting material.

One item is a hallowed log, with a hallowed knot on it’s side..I  a gift left from the property’s previous owner. What joy!

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The other item has been constructed out of wood.  I found it here on the property, as is.

I dusted them both off, and in doing so noticed at the bottom of the constructed item had come loose.

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I pulled out the old rusty nails and replace them with brand new shiny ones.

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I tacked down the ends and put a little finesse to the hanger.

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I placed “hallow” inside of a corner post.  Clever use of “negative space”.  Underneath it, you see the side of an old fuel pump, that hubby is going to restore.

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“Constructed” is ready for for decoration.  I have to decide how. I’m going to research nesting material on Pinterest. I’m leaning towards red glitter.

To be continued..

Planting Cannas. Part 1 of 2.

We did go out to eat at the Mexican restaurant close to our home last night.  Pricy, but it seems that you can’t get out of any restaurant for under $30 these days. The food was very good though. Plus atmosphere.

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I spent 1:35 minutes outside today. Damit got spooked by something, maybe a salamander..He insisted that something was “right there!”, but I overturned everything and didn’t find his spook.  That event exhausted him.  He’s in bed now.

I made my own potting mix.  I used 4 parts vermiculite, 8 parts cheap soil, 2 parts good soil, 4 parts mushroom mulch. The mix turned out good.  I keep it in a Rubbermaid® trash can.  It survives living outdoors.

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Planting the cannas was tricky.  I’m not good at centering plants during transplant.  I was able to get a bunch of “babies” off of the root stalks – I planted a bunch of those in a couple of pots.  It was overwhelming, so I’m soaking the rest in water, to plant directly into soil tomorrow. I’ll walk around tonight and see if I can find a suitable place.

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I’ll think about planting these tomorrow..The spiky succulent, the spiny succulent and popcorn tree seeds.

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As promised, I filled a rodent hole (at the “New Picnic Area” with dog poop and dog hair.

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To be continued..

Sorting

I love sorting.  As far as simple jobs go, give me a messy room and I’ll sort out everything and get it looking better.  It’s kind of like doing the dishes.  Something that needs to be done and are given solitude to do it.

I got the pots sorted out.  The clay and ceramic ones I put in the garden patio area. 

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The plastic ones are messy.  Haven’t decided quite where they belong yet.  I have to consider the rodents..Not to give them nesting area.

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The “give aways” are of inferior plastic.  Too good to send to recycling, but might be perfect for someone else.

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Where I had put the pots yesterday – I like the brick edgers, but there isn’t enough of any to put together in a conventional manner.  I priced them.  VERY expensive.  I’m not going to buy any to complete any circles.  I might find a way to make it work as is.

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Frank cleaned up all the leaves and trash for me.

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Plantings I get to do tomorrow:  succulents, popcorn tree seeds, calla lilies, and four o’clocks.

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Check this out.  Mom let me dig these up at her house.  I just bunched them together and stuck them in the middle of this beautiful pot (from her friend Donnie, who moved out of state).  It’s filling out and looking great!

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Feel good about how this day turned out.  Frankie and I are going to go to the local Mexican restaurant for dinner now.

To be continued..