Nothing too exciting to report, but a few updates for the blog.
1) A vegetable garden extension
I decided to expand the existing winter garden. The men have dug the overgrown patch to a respectable state. The roots and other bits and pieces were removed, but, unfortunately, it is not in quite the condition I would have liked. The exposed top soil can be harmful to the larvae, who live for years under the ground and are there for the plant roots. The birds have been flocking to try and scoop up the worms and bugs that are appearing on the surface…not perfect for the ground but a nice site for us.
2) A perennials clearance
At the same time antoher problem is pyllisteltiin weeds and perennials bouquet. Our ambitious goal is to take a giant step towards the cottage garden. The front of the column is absolutely covered and will be a tough job. There are some nice plants, but unfortunately all higgledy piggledy and very few and far between. I had a quick read of the “Encyclopedia of Gardening” instructions issued on the subject and feeling encouraged we took the pitchfork and a shovel. We raised Sep leimun and a huge Aster, we removed the dead parts, and moved the perennials to new habitats of a suitable size. This probably sounds easier than it was, but we really had to fight to get the job done and could have done with an axe. It seems that all the effort paid off as almost all perennials transferred seem to have recovered from the move.
3) Plant Shopping
We somehow managed to fit in a shopping trip so we could finally fill in the flower beds where needed. We had a nursery trip in the Britzin district and grabbed as many plants as we could. In the garden is now a blueberry, strawberry, and currant bush, and more to come including geranium, roses, hollyhocks and malvaa. Have to admit, the end result isn’t quite what I wanted. Did the plants take up too much space? Did we put too much horse manure planting in the soil mix?
4) A frog in the pond
Also on the Ranch will be a small frog pond. The guys already dug the basin ground (good, men!) And the end of the week we are going to visit a small trade show to obtain the pond plants. I’ll report back later.
I’m considering whether to do the P90X program, or maybe that will be too strenuous for me. I want something that will strengthen my muscles, but I don’t want to be permanently sore. There is no gym nearby, so I’ll have to use my home and the land. Physical fitness is important to me, but there is so much information it is hard to know what to believe.
Today’s musical inspiration The Who: Let’s See Action