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The zucchini has left the garden...

17 Jul 2010
Rainy 12°C / 54°F

Got out this morning & cleaned up the old zucchini bed. All the anti-chook wire was pulled down & the posts for the old bean/pea/cucumber/kiwano crops were taken out. There weren’t too many weeds (thanks, world domination zucchini!) but any that were there were pretty easy to get out – the soil is beautiful & crumbly from all the compost I put in last spring. With all the trees currently dormant (except for the mandarin), it looks quite bare, now!

The chooks will have the run of the bed until spring, when I’m ready to plant the next lot of crops. They were already in there as I worked…pulling up weeds, hunting down insects & scratching up the topsoil. They’re great wee workers.

I also went round & checked how all the worm buckets were faring (with chooks in tow…they know there’s something yummy inside but can’t get to it – it’s quite funny). Over the last week, I’ve been slowly installing in-ground worm buckets. They’re a bucket (with lid)…bottom cut out, holes cut into the side…buried in the ground in the garden beds (my beds are quite big, so I’ve been putting 2 buckets to each bed). Inside these buckets go the kitchen scraps that my big worm farm can’t use during the week (we generate a lot of peelings & the like). The idea is that worms will eat the scraps in the bucket, then deposit all those yummy worm castings throughout the garden bed as they move round. It reduces the amount of stuff I have to cart round the garden & also stops the vinegar fly problem in the cold compost heap, as there’s no fruit peelings exposed to the air (fruit peels are like crack cocaine to a vinegar fly & within hours of putting them in the heap, half the world’s population of vinegar flies find their way to my back yard…argh!). The compost heap will be used for chook poo ageing & composting weeds, etc.

I do love a good, up-to-date website. Thanks to the BOM’s satellite page, I was able to see a big mass of rain heading towards us, so managed to get all my tools & bits & pieces cleaned up, wire rolled up, posts stacked, weeds disposed of, etc…& indoors just as the first spots of rain started to fall.

I know we need the rain…but it’d be nice to have some relatively windless, rain-free days to finish up what needs doing in the garden (oh…that’s right – got to wait until spring! sigh…).


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chobbzy

chobbzy

Folia Helper

Australia10

Great link thanks have bookmarked it for Sydney, have a weather station hooked up here to my computer but its still nice to see a radar picture good stuff.

Posted on 18 Jul 10 (almost 9 years ago)
graibeard

graibeard

Folia Helper

Australia9b

They are great helpers and great company. So long as you keep exposing earth they’ll be your faithful companions. :)
Have you got your tanks in yet? I thought they were due but I don’t recall a post about them.

Posted on 18 Jul 10 (almost 9 years ago)
epiphany

epiphany

Folia Helper

Australia10

Footings went in today. We have had to wait for the tanks to arrive from the manufacturer.

I’m still a bit annoyed about the installer, though – he dumped the excess stone mulch off my driveway onto one of my garden beds (not even remotely where I asked him to put it) & completely engulfed several plants…which I have tried to uncover the best I could (this evening in the dark & pouring rain)…only to be side tracked trying to move huge lumps of concrete off my neighbour’s lawn (he left them there after cutting up the driveway). I assume he’ll be removing…edit – he will be removing them but we can’t just leave them on the grass until he decides to take them away. The neighbour’s lawn will die in the meantime. Not happy. Oh…& one of my irises seems to have disappeared (I assume it’s somewhere in the big pile of dirt that’s sitting on my driveway).

My hands are all sliced to shreds & I’m still fuming. When I’ve calmed down & it’s daylight again, I’ll post some pics & an update.

Posted on 18 Jul 10 (almost 9 years ago)

I love the BOM site. It has saved many a plant in our yard from frosts and like you, many tools from rust! Sometimes I can sit on there and watch the radar as storms roll over. Nerdy but fun.

Posted on 18 Jul 10 (almost 9 years ago)

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epiphany

Cranbourne North

Australia



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