March 22, 2016

Making good use of a LONG weekend

Beautiful Autumn/Indian Summer weather and a long weekend combined to provide the perfect opportunity to finally get some SERIOUS gardening done at our DD's home.

Here is the weekend in Fast Forward!




There were Weeds....




.... and more weeds
It was backbreaking work digging them out of  the dark / sticky Volcanic soil



but ever so gratifying once it was done
and the topsoil loam was spread






Then the lawn seed was finally able to be sown!



All through the day as we worked, we had the company of the local bird population - waiting and watching - we were sure THEY knew what was happening...
(Free bird seed for all!)



Shade cloth over the new seed should help protect it until it has sprouted.




Well, that is the new lawn sorted - now what is NEXT on the list?
Taming the Veggie Patch!

The Veggie patch is producing lots of lovely produce but that sweet, rustic, meadow grass between the beds is about to die off and leave sticky mud between DD and her Crop.
Time for some "Extreme gardening"



Slash it all down to the ground, Prune up the plants


... barrow in a nice thick layer
of Chip Bark mulch.

Good! - that should keep their boots clean over winter
and THAT 'little job' is done!



While all of  this was going on I had my own pet project I keep coming back to ....
The FRONT garden.

This is a perfect example of WHY you should finish one project before you start another...
but that being said - this has been my hobby that I go back to when I am not needed elsewhere...

Time to get it FINISHED!

Much better!

The Sunflowers were sewn from just half a packet of Cheap Bird Seed as an inexpensive way of filling in a very large garden bed while we worked out what to do with it!

I did find it fascinating that after all the hours I spent working on this project by myself - just as it is nearly completed - The Guys appear!
Oh well, if they want to pull out a few weeds (and rocks) who am I to argue with them?

(To be fair: D-SIL is actually installing a watering system, while DH & DS#2 contemplate a rather deep rooted weed.)
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At the end of the weekend we were all very sore and tired (my Fitbit registered many more steps than usual) and justifiably pleased with ourselves! 

 I think it was a VERY productive 3 days!



1 comment:

  1. Wowee! That is impressive to see the end result against the before photos. :D

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