Articles come off my keyboard kind of… scattershot.Â That might not work for everyone.Â That’s okay, there’s a Guided Tour!
Here are two Garden Glamour Shots, two hours’ work apart.
Fun Fact: You can’t see the difference much, but there’s two zucchinis and 8 lettuce planted in the cleared spaces.
This is fennel, impacted into a cinderblock hole. It’s what happens when you let things slide for two years.
I could not pull it out of the cinderblock, and I wasn’t about to let it keep growing. So the cinderblock itself had to go.
Here you can see one of the (weirdly flattened) roots which snaked out from the fennel and through the two layers of cinderblocks. This was just one of the roots that anchored the fennel, making it impossible to pull
And here it is, cinderblock destroyed and fennel cut down below the crown. The “crown” of a plant is the demarcation between the stuff that grows above ground and the roots. It’s pretty sure that cutting a plant to below the crown keeps it from coming back. Though some do root from roots alone. But not fennel, I hope!
I’ll let it sit out and exposed for a few days, then put in a new block, soil, and plant. And it WILL NOT be fennel.
Fun Fact: Fennel comes in two forms. One gives you delicious bulbs, one gives you seeds that self-seed and bugs like aphids, mealybugs and other nasties. KNOW WHICH ONE YOU’RE PLANTING or you’ll be sorry… like me.
Here are the new ladybugs for this year. They’re new — look how small, the fennel flowers look ginormous in comparison.
Fun Fact: Ladybugs are fiercest when young; the little crocodile-like larvae are voracious.
We spent the last three weeks putting this together. Isn’t it fantastic?
There is one great big wash basin (soon to be plumbed), two spaces for plastic drop-in tubs in the middle, and the far-right side is three sides of plywood: all the better to dump soil onto.
The 2×4 across the top will be for hanging handtools and watering wands. As soon as everything else that needs to be done is done, I’ll get around to slamming those nails in.
Okay, it was mostly my husband moving and cutting wood, and me pointing and gesturing, but I’m still taking credit for at least a quarter of this magnificent beast.
Fun Fact: We used an entire pound of galvanized screws on the bench, and I still have all my nails!
Just pics because I can.
, thank goodness.Â We’re finally getting enough eggs for ourselves (have been having to supplement) and now we’ll have a leeedle extra.Â Such good news!
Here are our six. The two in front are Alice and Alert, from the first batch. The four in back are, from left to right,
1st on left: Welsummer: Brown & gold
2nd: Cuckoo Maran: B&W w/ feathered legs (had all her tailfeathers plucked out at the breeder’s, so she’s called Buttless)
3rd: MilleFleur Leghorn: Million Flowers (I think we’re going to call her Beautiful)
4th, far right: Creole Penedesenca: Grey w/ white legs
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Fun Fact: the size of the chicken, her health,Â how good she eats, AND the season determines the size and amount of eggs layed.
Hey! My camera works! It had been stubborn for a few months. So let’s do ALL the pictures.
Garden Glamour Shot through the new back door that I spent two weeks altering to have a very sturdy doggie door:
Fun Fact: the dog hates the doggie door. It’s too tall for our little dwarf. *sigh*
Our old lemon tree came down in a storm (and then was helped, but we’re not getting into that). So this new keyhole-shaped bed will be a perennial bed, the large circle in the back for the lemon tree (probably another Eureka) and a modified herb-spiral down the rest of the ‘key’.
Fun Fact: herbs can be perennials. Even in Washington State the temperate-loving Rosemary can live for decades.