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mrsmig

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A long day in the yard, prepping those two beds referenced above. I admit it: I'm beat. But fingers crossed that come spring, all that prep will pay off with two great new spaces to plant.

And that was my last big gardening job for 2021.
 
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I've been spending 30 minute chunks of time outside, today, raking leaves, turning soil, digging up tired plants, sifting compost, trenching leaves, and watering. It's hot! We hit 95 a day or two ago. But this has been great to be out in the dirt again, and getting the soil ready for winter crops. Altogether I've done two or three hours of work, interspersed with cooler indoor stuff.

I found a kohlrabi to harvest, and I might pull up a few carrots. There are probably a few peas from the planting I tried a month or so ago, but they're hard to get to at the moment, and there are the pumpkin blossoms.

The raccoon has been back twice this month.
 

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It's suddenly turning to summer here after a cold wet spring. We've got most stuff planted out, with a few tomatoes and pumpkins yet to go. One or two more beds to clear/weed/dig over. But the tomato plants already have little green tomatoes, and the cucumbers have their first flowers.

My carrots seem to have all gone woody, so I'm gradually collecting armloads of them to scrub, core, and chop up the good outer bits for soup. Many of the leeks are also heading but they still seem quite edible, so I'm dicing those to add to the bags of chopped veg for soup mix.

The fennel and mint have gone berko and are taking over the planet. I need to harvest a few armloads and bring them in to work to distribute to herb lovers who are less gardenified than me.
 

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I was hoping to rake leaves and maybe prune roses today, but the wind blew 25-30 mph all day and continues to blow tonight. Just as well. I'd forgotten I was scheduled to go to a friend's place to use her cutting table to cut out the last blocks of a tee shirt quilt I'm making for my son at his request. Maybe tomorrow.
 

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I have a little bit over half an acre of garden and vegies and chooks and it's always threatening to get away from me, partly because I'm opposed to sprays and killing things and chemical feeds, and usually resort to Very Loud Discouragement (which is not as effective as the planting guides suggest. Discourage forget-me-nots. They tend to take over. Have you ever ever ever seen a discouraged forget-me-not? No, and neither have I. They define resilient. But I digress...) and partly because I'm an idiot about most things.

BUT

Today a young urban-coffee-shop type man (my favourite kind of man) came by and asked if he could have some of my native violets and forget-me-nots and other self-seeded naughtiness because - get this - because he's a GUERILLA GARDENER! And it turns out he's responsible for the incremental change that I've watched overtaking a local piece of rubbish council land for most of last year. And he wants organic ground-fillers.

I feel like an actual gardener!

ETA: I let him use my wheelbarrow and I gave him six eggs from my organic chooks.

I feel so proud :)
 
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Forget-me-nots very often come up where they're not wanted but since I have a soft spot for blue flowers, they usually get relocated. To see them relocated to green up other spaces must be so lovely. :)

It seems the Balcony Bandit (the rodent that made a habit of raiding my bulbs and acorns from my first floor balcony) has a successor. I've noticed someone had a careful root around in the one or two pots, since it wasn't as brazen robbery as the Balcony Bandit did, I didn't pay as much attention.

But then earlier this month we had water leaking through the ceiling of the balcony inside. The balcony is waterproofed, with wooden tiles and packed with dozens and dozens of potted plants for summer. To get to the leak we had to speed up the process of bringing the plants inside and raising the wooden tiles. But it's been raining almost all month. Queue lots of buckets and mops. Sadly, we've been here before. I hate leaks but they seem to love me.

But then it started pouring out of the ceiling like an open tap. That was new. Luckily by then the plants were in, the tiles were up, we had lots of buckets and we could start looking for the hole.

We found a mousehole. In the asphalt roofing.

The new Balcony Bandit has bit a very neat and round hole in the roofing, right under the door, where wall and floor meet. Covered by tiles so practically invisible before. No wonder the water has been pouring in!

So after some cursing, some more mopping, some pouring rodenticide in the hole, some more cursing and patching it up with waterproof roofing, I hope this is the last we see of this Balcony Bandit.
 
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