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dinabethI have 2 gardens to work in presently

My own, and my dad’s.

It’s autumn and I would much prefer to have the time to work in my own garden because now is ideal for getting all those pre spring jobs done. It’s a perfect time to start planting out new tree seedlings too.

While I am staying at my dad’s place (he needs someone to look after him these days) I can work on his garden. Dad doesn’t have the health to continue the work that is needed to keep his vege patch going. I’ve slowly been digging out the weeds and putting mulch down and planting out vege seedlings in dad’s garden and it’s coming along nicely. I bought some more seedlings yesterday and will be putting them in either later today or tomorrow.

I was home last week and had planted out a couple of tree seedlings and started digging up my vege patch near the back verandah. The seeds dropped from last season’s crop of beetroot, coriander, parsley and a few other herbs and veges, are starting to come up. We’ll have more than enough. When I’m home again I will have to see it the seedlings are ready for moving and transplanting out to other areas in the garden.

Gardening is always very relaxing. 12 months ago

dinabethMulching my trees

I now have quite a bit of hay to be used around my garden for mulching. Though I’m taking my time getting the mulching done I am quite pleased with what I’ve managed so far.

All the stone fruit bar the apricot is done in the poultry yard, one of the two apple trees are done and the other is halfway there. I’ve started mulching the lavenders in that yard too.

Yesterday I managed to mulch the loquat tree in the back yard and clear the weeds from around the wooly bush. I also watered all the roses in the rose garden and the trees that I have in the back yard, including the crepe myrtle in the middle of the rose garden.

Today I plan to go out and do more work in the garden. I’ve started to re organise the garden at the back verandah and want to get it ready for salad vege seeds to be put in. 15 months ago

dinabethOn again off again of late

I’ve been so busy doing other things to do with the extended family that I haven’t had time to keep the water up to my garden. It’s been so dry of late that my rose garden is really suffering. In the last 2 days I’ve decided to make a concerted effort to restructure and mulch around my rose bushes – I’m almost a third of the way through. Some of my roses have died so I need to plan the plots they were in ready for next rainy season(or autumn)and find replacement roses to put in their place. I should never have let my son prune back my roses earlier this year to as far back as he had. That kind of pruning works well in a well watered garden but not in mine and it put too much strain on even the plants that had been doing well before (I don’t have mains water and rely on dam and tank water, which is limited). 17 months ago

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