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[Aug. 15th, 2010|06:41 pm]
Verminius Rex
 I am looking forward to the kids being in school again tomorrow. I have stuff to do and can't while they are everywhere and in everything. 

Kids have bizarre logic. A simple event of bathing suits and a sprinkler in the back yard becomes an argument about why Pari can't wear her rainboots and use her umbrella. Or swap out the sprinkler for the hose nozzle, so she can more directly soak her brother. 

I'm working on reclaiming the overgrown parts of the garden, so I can set up stuff for next year's growing. Out go the lettuce and radishes, tomatoes will be separated from the peppers since they are bullies and crowd them out, blocking all sunlight. In will go a watering system, possibly hooked up to a timer if I can arrange for my back tap to not drip. Up will go a rabbit fence that will also keep kids out. Two more raised beds will be built, so I will have 6  beds for all the crops I want. Better trellis arrangement for the cucumbers, better cages for the tomatoes. More spraying to keep bugs off my plants. Right now it's so hot the simple act of pulling weeds for a few minutes leaves me drenched in sweat.

The downstairs continues to progress. I've started removing things from the niche so it can be painted, and sorting out garbage sale stuff. Tomorrow I'll see what Dad says can be cleared out so I have room to work.

The storms brought down plenty of branches, which I get to cut up and set out. I also trimmed the apple tree growing untended in the neighbors yard into ours, resulting in me smacking my head ever time I mow. Now the path is clear, but there are more branches to take care of. I need to look up and see if the city is still picking up branches and compost on Mondays. 



[User Picture]From: anais2
2010-08-16 01:49 am (UTC)
A rule will keep kids out, what? Better than a rabbit fence. So will an occasional smack on the ass, or failing that, bear traps. I've never known anything to work as well as "This is MY area, that is yours, etc.", frankly.

I've had luck with tomatoes in a row and simple 3' "X"es of 1x2 with 1x2x8' pieces laid inside the top of the Xes and spaced 8' or so apart for the horizontals. Then the plants come up through the center, and are laying out on the horizontals and the tomatoes fall through, does that form a mental image? The Xes are crosswise the row, the horizontals form a "V" shaped open trench about 2' off the ground at the nearest point. They are easy to put away flat in the shed for the winter if you use screws to assemble, too.
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