Well, it's that time of term again - you know the one where all the marking and reporting needs to happen. Currently, I have three piles of exam papers to mark with another two coming Tuesday so what do I do? Why, I find every excuse NOT to be marking this weekend, then I'll end up in a god awful panic at 6pm tomorrow night and stay up till two doing the most urgent (yr 9 papers) and spend the rest of the week cranky and stressed and tired because I have too much work to do. Even though I KNOW this is the case, do you think that makes me start earlier?
What I did do was HEAPS of gardening related activities. My morning consisted of getting up at 6.30 and going for a run, then doing some seed sorting of my seed box and planting out next lot of seeds. Today I planted out into my little wicking pots:
- Broccoli (Italian sprouting and purple sicilian) (I'm comparing what does better for the broc and cauli's and any left overs are going to my school garden)
-Cauliflower (quick heart and all year round)
- Cabbage (ruby ball)
- lettuce (green mignonette)
- variety of flowers (red sunflowers saved from seed, calendula, foxglove, poppies, hollyhock)
-> sugar snap peas went into the garden.
The one at the back is Zack's garden - only a couple of seeds came up so we added some of my many strawberry runners.
My poor little worm farm needed a new layer, so I made that up with some compost, dried grass, newspaper and the leftover feed. I then used the worm juice which I hadn't been using at all and put it on all my raspberries which were looking a bit yellow despite having fertilisers added.
And I've had a rat problem. One of my cucumbers and all of my eggplants bar one have been chomped. So I had to net the eggplant this morning and then bought ratsak for around the yard - I don't mess around with rats. See the corn debacle from last year.
So this was all before 9.30 this morning. I then had a shower and off I went to the Ipswich plant expo :) I met RobBob -> was so excited to see him there. And I saw Jerry Colby Williams. My day was complete. I wandered around looking at some beautiful plants and arts and crafts. I am planning a subtropical shade garden for down the side of the house and am slowly building up supplies of various gingers and shade loving plants. I bought some ornamental gingers and dwf canna lily previously and today, I picked up a torch ginger (did you know you can eat the flowers??), champagne beehive ginger (for the shade garden) and papillo hippeastrum and from Robbob's store, a 20L bag of vermicast -> I'm out of compost.
I'm so over my chickens. They kept getting into the front garden and tearing everything up. I put up this little fence this arvo to try to keep them out. There are carrots and herbs (what the chickens didn't scratch up) and in the far one, I'm planting more carrots tomorrow.
The backyard is growing well. While I'm still having some problems (rust substance on tomato's, aphids, cockaroaches eating seedlings) everything else is growing well and I have enough crops planted that I'll be harvesting something every week. Hope this gives you an idea of how it looks.
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