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megpie71: Dark-skinned boy saying "please not to rush the genius" (Don't rush me)
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 06:17 am
Went off and bought some seedlings and seeds on Tuesday. This batch were all for the vegetable garden - tomatoes, capsicum, chilli, and cucumber, plus some corn seeds (the seedlings were all about $3 a pop, the seeds cost $6.20). Those have all been planted out, and I took some photos of everything yesterday. In happy news, the bush beans and climbing beans I thought weren't likely to sprout have decided to show me the error of my doubting ways, and have started poking their heads through the soil, so it looks like they're going to be an interesting mixture as well.

I'm in two minds as to where to head next when it comes to garden purchases. On the one hand, I need to get some hoses and sprinklers fairly quickly, since we're coming into the dry time of the year, and that means I'm going to be needing to water things. On the other hand, these are all things which will cost significant chunks of money, and I've just finished up the contract with the ABS, which means I'm back to subsisting on the dole. So I think the hoses and the sprinklers are next week's purchase (from Bunnings), done with some of my ABS money, with no seeds or seedlings added to the mix, and then I'll drop back to my intended habit of spending about $5 per week on putting new plants into the garden from there on in. Must remember to start a new page in the spreadsheet for "garden expenses", so I can keep track of what I'm doing.
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megpie71: Photo of sign reading "Those who throw objects at the crocodiles will be asked to retrieve them." (Crocodiles)
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 04:19 pm
I went out to Waldecks in Bentley today, and spent about $22 on some more plants for the garden. I got some flat leafed parsley and zucchini seedlings for the vegetable patch (if all the zucchini do well, expect to hear plaintive calls for zucchini recipes in a few months) and some pansies, a verbena and a "Royal Daphne" (Bouvardia longiflouum) for the existing front garden beds. At some point, I'm going to need to hire someone to dig up the front "lawn" on the left side of the path (scare quotes because as far as I'm concerned, a collection of scraggly couch grass does NOT count as a lawn) and help me put in some terraced beds.

But first, let me fill the beds I do have, before I go creating more of them. Once they're all over-flowing, then we can move onto something else.
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megpie71: Avon standing in front of Zen's dome, caption "Confirmed" (confirmed)
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 03:24 pm
(Just so everyone's aware, any photos of the garden are hosted at Instagram - the account is megpie71, same as usual).

Having had a couple of reasonably sunny days in a row, I got enough enthusiasm together this morning to head out and do some shopping for the house and the garden. For the house, or more particularly, for my bedroom, I went to Spotlight, and picked up a packet of that plastic-coated wire used for hanging curtains, and a sheer curtain to go on it (my bedroom window faces straight out into the street, and it's easy enough for anyone passing by to see straight in; I'd rather have the minor degree of privacy afforded by having a sheer curtain covering the window). For the garden, I headed down to Bunnings, and got a spade (or is it a shovel? Whichever of them has the square mouth, I got one of those), a swan-necked hoe, and a three-prong cultivator. I also bought a grafted black passionfruit vine, which I then planted out in the back garden.

I also planted out the three packets of bean seeds I'd brought with me from the last place. This comprised one unopened packet of "Purple King" climbing beans (which I planted out near the trellis) and a couple of half-used packets of green bush beans and yellow butter beans. They were all marked as "Use By AUG 2016", so we'll see whether or not they come up (I figure if they do, that's great; if they don't, well, no great loss).

There's photos on Instagram of the passionfruit vine, and the spots where I planted out the beans. Not much to look at for the moment, but I'm sure things will improve over time.

I also chucked another handful of snail bait into the mailbox, along with a fairly hefty scattering of the stuff on the ground below the mailbox. The aim being to eventually dissuade the snails from feasting on our letters, junk mail, and just about anything else which winds up being put in the mailbox. (Failing that, I shall settle for crushing up the snail shells and using them as a calcium supplement for the garden).

I've just been trying to cut the plastic covered wire (so I can put up the curtain) but ran into a minor snag... namely, that it's plastic covered wire, and I don't have any wire cutters to hand. So I shall have to wait for Steve to return home and beg the use of the ones on his Swiss Army Knife. First big setback of the day (*le sigh*).

Future plans include letting the plants be watered by the rain we're expecting tonight and tomorrow, and seeing if I can find me some information on how to do terraced garden beds for the long-term of the front garden (and the back, and probably the side alley as well). I also want to get my potted plants moved from the back paved space around to the front garden area, where I can keep a better eye on them. But that's going to be a gradual job (and may involve hiring or borrowing a hand-truck for the larger plants).
megpie71: Simplified Bishie Sephiroth says "Squee!" (Squee2)
Monday, September 5th, 2016 05:28 pm
If anyone wants to see photos of the garden as it currently is (and one photo of how it looked when we first moved in) I've opened an Instagram account. Username is megpie71, same as always.
megpie71: AC Tifa Lockheart looking at camera, very determined (Give me the chocolate & nobody dies)
Saturday, August 20th, 2016 11:36 am
I went and visited my parents yesterday, and picked up a collection of plants for our garden.

Long blatheration under fold )

(I'm considering the possibility of contemplating the idea of starting an Instagram account or something similar, so I can share pictures of this garden as I work on it. If only because I want to keep a record of what I've achieved).