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In which I dig a lot in the rain and get overexcited about radishes - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 23rd, 2013

09:14 am - In which I dig a lot in the rain and get overexcited about radishes

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So this weekend started with thunder and lightning on the outdoors, and just lightning on the indoors. We went to Forks in Sockets, a thing put on by a couple of friends of ours who built a big tesla coil and a robotic bass guitar then decided to make it into a band. Because, why not? Muwahaha.


I am somewhat jaded about tesla coils, as evidenced by my lack of agogness at the one they had at Rainbow Serpent, which wasn't as big as PYRAMIDER and also didn't play any music. However, if you haven't heard/seen a tesla coil playing the theme from Phantom of the Opera, you should rectify this immediately.


It absolutely chucked it down all day Saturday. It wasn't cold, just wet and windy and yucky. However, I still managed to get to the garden centre and purchase the necessaries for making our herb garden. Then we spent a pleasant afternoon and evening hiding indoors with Happy and tieke, who had conveniently also been storing my gardening tools.

So we were walking home in the middle of the night carrying a fork and a rake and a spade, and two guys thought it'd be funny to hassle us about how we were off to tend our marijuana plot. Laughter was had all round, then as they walked away I heard one of them say sotto voce - "Not very obvious, are they?" To which I responded "Not very smart, are they?" Because if we were off to tend our marijuana plot, we would not be carrying a rake. Duh.

Anyway, it was also raining on Sunday, but like I said - determined. And to be fair it had slowed to patchy showers rather than a downpour. So I got stuck in.

Remember the neglected little kitchen garden?



First, weed around the sides and dig it over. Turns out the soil in here was pretty good but I added half a bag of compost anyway. I also left the two little patches of onion weed because they are pretty and flowering, and gave the bush at the end a haircut:



Next, consult the plan, which is somewhat damp and floppy after getting rained on:



Cut the bottoms out of a pair of tubs to bury in the garden around the two mint based plants. This is supposed to help keep them under control by stopping their underground runners from escaping.



Sort of follow the plan - although it felt weird to be allowing such a large space for comfrey when the plant itself is just a seedling. In here are comfrey, lovage, parsley, catnip, greek oregano, two types of sage, common mint, lavender, prostrate savory, garlic chives, german chamomile, bay, common thyme and lemon thyme. This garden gets full sun till 2pm-ish, so hopefully they'll grow fast and fill in the gaps and be pretty.



Those rocks are from the bank by the garage - a lot of Wellington hills are rotten rock based, and I'm guessing these bits have fallen down over the years and been put around various beds because they are everywhere.

So that was that job jobbed. But wait! What is this? Leftover plants?



Okay, I know I said I wouldn't do this till after, but I might have slipped and bought some flower plants because they were having a sale. Oops. There are old border type beds existing along the driveway, but they are in a state of neglect and the only reason I knew they were there is that I hit the concrete border with the lawnmower. Anyway, start at one end, right?



Right by the letterbox is a sort of rockery which I'll get to next, but meanwhile, another removal of weeds, pruning of overhanging bushes, addition of some soil conditioning materials, and planting of geraniums, dahlias and delphiniums. I've no idea how the delphiniums will do in the wind we get, but I can always stake them. And if it wasn't raining, this bit would be all day sunny too.



So by now it was nearly lunchtime, and I turned my eye to the horribly overgrown bank behind the house vegie garden.



I was surprised how little actual rubbish I found in amongst all that tangle. The other thing I found was a previously existing retaining wall made from bricks and old hardwood posts - so I refurbished that as much as possible and staked it in place at the edge of the drop off, then terraced a strip about a metre wide and used the huge bits of rotten rock that folks had chucked down the bank over the years as a border:



Those plants are potatoes. We don't eat a lot of potatoes but they are growing wild in the garden so I corralled a few of them just so I could have some plants in. I also left the fennel because fennel is a reasonable replacement for dill, and it grows really well here. This area gets sun pretty much all day and is sheltered from the worst of the wind, and there's another area about the same size behind where I took the photo from that I can extend into if necessary. There's also still the bit behind the shed, but I'd had enough of digging by now and pombagira was due to show up for cups of tea and Yorick fittings, so I went to do the final task of watering my seed trays, and lo!



We have radishes coming up! And also broccoli, which at this early stage look just like the radishes. Eeeee I R EXCITE because seedlings OMG!


There is still about another 30 metres of driveway border, a bunch of pruning and probably the preparation of more vegie garden to do, and then there's the Secret Mystery Wild Garden, and a shed that I'm pretty sure is on the property as well, and it's all quite a lot of work but hey, spring is here and I like being outside and doing work, right?

But tonight, I might put my feet up - after inspecting my seedlings to see if they're any bigger yet, that is...

Also, apparently it was the equinox this weekend and I was supposed to be doing a ritual to mark the turn of the wheel into the summer half of the year. How'd I do?

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From:pombagira
Date:September 22nd, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
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damn fine.. bit of digging in the dirt and bring new things to light, i would say fits the theme of the spring equinox perfectly.. whoot

and yesterday was awsome!!


*bounces*
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From:phd_fan
Date:September 22nd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Wow, VERY impressive! When you decide to do something, you really dig in (har har)!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 22nd, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Hehe - luckily for me, the digging was fairly easy. I get the feeling that somewhere in the dim distant past, someone else has gardened this place quite thoroughly. It makes my job heaps easier.

Also, chip butties.
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 23rd, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
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That herb spacing looks great to me! I can show you pictures of my hulking beast of a comfrey plant if you need reassurance :-D
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From:tatjna
Date:September 23rd, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
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It's all good, I've grown comfrey before and I know that eventually it'll take over the universe like some spreading alien life form. But right now it's 10cm across and teeny-tiny!
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 23rd, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Aw, I remember when mine was that small *sniffle*
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From:ecosopher
Date:September 23rd, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
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Yay, gardening! Looks awesome.

We've been having a fair bit of rain here too, but there's still that springtime feel to the air and I'm getting outside every minute I can.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 23rd, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Yep. Spring in Wellington is characterised by lots of wind. We've definitely been getting that, but the temperatures are now consistently above scarf weather. Yay!
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From:meathiel
Date:September 23rd, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
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Looks like you really got a lot of work done in the garden ...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 23rd, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
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It does, eh? I guess that's what happens when you wake up at Stupid o'clock every morning. Roll on daylight savings..
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From:adam_0oo
Date:September 23rd, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Oooo, well done.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 23rd, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
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It might be a day or twelve before I'm ready to do any more..
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From:downwardlashes
Date:September 23rd, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Now I'm suspicious that you are actually four people. ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 23rd, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Mostly I'm one person who's a bit obsessive and currently can't sleep past 5:30am. It's amazing how much you can get done with an extra 3 hours in a day!
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