It's with a great deal of trepidation, and full acknowledgement that I've been known to drift away from such things as easily as I drift into them, that I plan to attempt an ongoing series, of sorts, pertaining to garden-ish things, to the state-of-the-land-ish things -- of which this is the third installment. :) You can find the first here, and the second here.
Ah, the weather! You'd be forgiven if you pointed out that mostly all I write about (or, more accurately, complain about) is the weather. How can I not? It's a powerful influencer, after all. *snark*
So, yes....winter to high summer...and now, back again to a vaguely spring feel, although closer to late winter...in a matter of days.
It's been the earth-on-steriods around here.
I'll let the pictures do most of the talking...
The path is finished! Hooray and thank f*ck that's over.
205lbs of granite plus 30x50lb bags (that's 1500lbs total!) of pea gravel and my chiropractor is planning an extra tropical holiday this year.
You know that thing where you imagine a project to be far simpler and easier than it actually turns out to be?
Yeah, so that.
I did it in about four separate stages -- determined first by my inability to calculate how much of everything I was going to need and then by the weather. It got to be too stinking hot for schlepping bags of gravel and rearranging large slabs of stone.
I also changed my mind several times throughout --- determined by budget mostly, and also my screaming muscles -- buying stone by the pound turns out to be a fairly costly venture. It takes a lot of stones to make a path and when the stones are heavy...well, one adapts ones original design plans.
But, I'm thoroughly delighted with it and suitably chuffed at my efforts. I'm not entirely feeble yet, it seems. I actually made a little 'video tour' but I need to charge the camera battery before I do anything with it. Stay tuned.
Other activities have included a bit of garden centre/nursery perusing. I generally don't buy a whole lot at this time of year as it's far more thrifty to wait a bit until they start putting things on sale. But I wanted to get a few more veg seedlings so couldn't help but bring home a perennial or two.
My planting strategy has evolved into one of a Victory garden type -- ie. planting veg amongst the flowers. This serves two purposes: a) a better use of the sunny places and b) solve my inherent problem with laziness when it comes to keeping on top of my harvests.
The actual veg garden is being more and more encroached by the expanding canopy of some gorgeous, mature trees....so the areas of full-on sun are getting smaller. Thusly, I've got cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and watermelon in my flower borders.
Following the theme of "plant where the sun is", I've popped some pumpkin seedlings into the old truck tires we set along the edge of the pond. They're there as companions to some herb that B is trying out.
Say no more. ;)
The pumpkin plants are entirely for a lark...I've never had much luck with them and they take up SO much space with their viney ways but they have plenty of room to spread there and with any luck the little nieces and nephew can come to their own pumpkin patch in the fall. So far so good, though.
These boxes used to be in the garage when the hens would come in there to lay their eggs. When they moved in for the winter, they used them to sleep in/perch on so they became rather....soiled. Instead of chucking them out, I just moved them to the sunny edge of the veg patch and added more compost and some soil. Added to the straw and chicken doo that was already in them.....makes for some instant 'raised beds' as well as getting a no-dig start on the reclaiming of that grassy space to expand the veg beds.
Bloody marvelous, this no-dig thing.
The strawberries are moste abundant and even since taking this photo, there are some honking great berries there, just waiting to ripen. I've since extricated most of the creeping charlie as well.
I'm finished work now, for the next while...how long? who knows? ;)... and am looking forward to settling into more regular writing routine. I've a master list of Jobs That Need Doing but I'm going to take my time and let it all happen in a leisurely manner....with plenty of tea breaks on the back step.