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…

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…

Upcycled Bird Feeder

I would like to bring bird activity closer to the house. I’ve been successful at bringing the hummingbirds closer, but am still waiting for THE BIRDS.

I had set up the bird bath. I added color and texture, plus put in some hay, which naturally keeps the water clean. I’ve seen one bee in the bird bath – who was wounded – that doesn’t really count.

So…

Inspiration: The Garden Glove

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Ceiling glass light cover, as is.

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“Painted” with Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Marker.  Baked at 350° F for 1/2 hour to “set” the colors.

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Rope fitting enhanced with Permatex Clear RTV silicone adhesive. Added extra adhesive to the tied knot.

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Found these giant hooks at Dollar Store.

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The finished project, filled with bird seed, hanging from the Bay Laurel tree..at the front door.

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Good luck!

To be continued…