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Just how bad did it get after 7 weeks of neglect?

We went away to see my folks. Whilst we did have a house sitter, we did not have a garden sitter. So, how bad did it get? Well, I did not have much hope to find anything alive by the time I come back, so I had set up the bed with some hardy plants and had fully intended to plant green manure. How did I go, I hear you saying. 

Well, the front garden looked something like this. it wasn't long before hubby grabbed the lawnmower and filled the 3 compost bins.

Next stop, all potted herbs got a refresh and replant, with new flowers for the bees. I took the opportunity to convert them into mini wicking beds.

The front veggie beds were all but dead. What did not die, got dutifully scratched and eaten by the chooks.

It looks like I have a clean slate to start over. Yay! Let's get planting.

I am trialling this new product called Greenbelt biofertiliser, we got at wholesale price. If it turns out any good, I will organise a delivery for the March garden visit.  

A quick rummage on local gardening facebook pages provided some free strawberry runners, lots of them. I am now on the lookout for more pipes to recycle for the other 25 plants...

On another front, we finally split our beehive and are happy to report that the hive was very healthy inside. Bees are frantically rebuilding in one of Rhys' new boxes. 

All in all, we are on track for a great garden visit in March. Thinking up additional activities. I have a few in mind : beeswax wraps or live dreamcatcher? 

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 27, 2018 at 10:49

I reckon I could get my Rozie into bees wax wraps as well. 

Comment by Susan on January 23, 2018 at 19:11

My strawberry wall is not doing so well at the moment - I need to pull them all down and put the runners into pots to set roots for next season but too damn hot and I'm too busy at the moment.   Looks real good Valerie.  I love the look of those dream catchers but would really like a demo on beeswax wraps.  I have about 500g of beeswax to offer up.

Comment by Valerie on January 22, 2018 at 11:09

This would be the time to trim strawberry plants so maybe try pages more local to you?

Comment by Valerie on January 22, 2018 at 11:08

It was a lady in the Gap. The Gap Gardeners. 

Comment by Sophie on January 22, 2018 at 11:00

that looks ok then! love the strawberry idea - what fb page did you use? i'd be keen for some more runners.. after seeing Susan's Strawberry Wall :)

Comment by Valerie on January 21, 2018 at 21:23

If I was ever in doubt about how much I do in the garden, this past week just showed me. In saying that, I have been relishing the clean slates and take it one enormously enjoyable slow step at a time. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 21, 2018 at 18:44

Recall Elaine saying "one day I will be able to say: 'it's all done'" Ho ho! As if!

It's good for a day or two to luxuriate in a state of bliss.

OK sooner or later we're going to drop off the twig but meantime, we love to do what we love to do and it gives us something to get up for.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on January 21, 2018 at 15:06

actually doesnt look too bad for 7 weeks absence - good looking after shots though - sometimes I dont think its worth ever going away - my dream is to one day wake up and think - wow what will i do today there arent any weeds to pull !!!! so it takes months to catch up if we go away ! 

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on January 21, 2018 at 10:02

Could have been worse without the dry hot weather.

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