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What To Do Today?

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Comment by carla Lazenby on September 8, 2011 at 11:50am
Hi there Jane, what a good trade horse manure for free range eggs.  I also worked in horse manure into soil last year. All my plants did great on it. Looking back I would have done it differently because I think that horse manure straight into a veggie bed is a bit strong. I would use it in hot compost for at least 3 works and then work it into the various beds that you would like to use it in. Your worms in the compost will love the manure. Good luck, you're doing great!
Comment by Jane Maarie on September 8, 2011 at 11:17am
Traded two big bags of hosey poo for two dozen free range eggs this morning so feeling happy that I have manure to put on the corn plot well in time for planting in October. Am going to try planting straight into the soil instead of potting up seedlings for chook food this time. Bought early & late crop seed potatoes of maris anchor, desiree & red rascal which are all new types I haven't grown before.  Will still grow the ole favourite of ILam Hardy & Rua as well.  Noticed slugs or some critter has got into my pea seedlings which has chewing markings on them.  Cucumbers have not  taken at all but everything else needs potting into bigger containers. Will have to try again.
Comment by Karen Bee on September 5, 2011 at 8:49pm

Observations:

What's germinating? Calendula, mesclun, spinach - all inside the house 4 improved warmth.

Water seedlings.

Thrilled to see the 4 Pompalier grape sticks I bought at Treecrops sale for $1 for 4 are beginning to burst into life! (I had feared they may remain as dead sticks!)

Sowing rye/cover mix on bare patches in paddocks, to create some healthy competition for weeds. Experimental, should be fine. Gentle rake over. Good now moisture has come to the Waikato!

Grubbing thistles, pulling out tiny gorse seedlings - with the root complete.

Still trying to fill new raised gardens with healthy soil - broken concrete for drainage, plastic liner for moisture retention, compost, old rotten hay, good topsoil, will add some vermicast. 

Comment by Lynn on September 5, 2011 at 2:32pm
As so often happens with a day, things change! LOL  I have NOT been able to do the creative thing, sadly, as other things have cropped up and now it's too late in the day to start a project. Oh well...better luck tomorrow. It's been a lovely day though, the sun is shining and a slight breeze...nice enough to get an hour in the garden now.
Comment by Jane Maarie on September 5, 2011 at 1:32pm
Lynn, you read my mind! Thats exactly what I intend to do...all day even though its another beaut day.
Comment by Lynn on September 5, 2011 at 11:37am
Chill out today with some artwork, Jane! I am. :)
Comment by Lynn on September 5, 2011 at 11:36am
Screaming, running AND stripping...that must've been hilarious to watch. Not much fun for you though, I know!
Comment by Matt Moir on September 5, 2011 at 11:09am
thanks for reminding me need to trim up and clean up my flax thats tomorrows job. unless I get any volinteers????l
Comment by Jane Maarie on September 5, 2011 at 10:19am
I don't know what kind it was lynn...only that I was sure i could see the hairs on it's back! It was sitting on my leg & I bruised myself in getting it off  whilst screaming, running, stripping and all that hahaha sounds funny now but like you I still shiver!
Comment by Lynn on September 5, 2011 at 9:58am

What sort of big hairy spiders?

I remember when I was a kid living in Riverhead, near Auckland, that we had an outside dunny...very often visited by Avondale spiders! Still makes me shiver! lol

 

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