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So, following my baffled yet pleased statement that I had a non-eaten pumpkin plant, I came home yesterday morning and found all its leaves lying on the ground*, and the main eaten through. Just the stem, nothing else. Bastards! *shakes fist*

*What? Doesn't everyone check their garden as soon as they come home from night shift?
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I have a parasitic wasp! She's just a Pimpla instigator (is that an awesome name or what?), which is quite a common species. Her host species include Gipsy Moth and Large White butterfly caterpillars. This is really exciting, because while her larvae are carnivorous, she needs nectar and honeydew for food. It means my tiny little garden is likely producing enough nectar and host species to make it profitable for her to hang around for a while.

My tiny little ecosystem works! It looks weird and disjointed: half is decorative plants, half is vegetables. I don't know why certain things happen: my potato plants are nearly leafless due to slugs and snails, but the pumpkin plant right next to the potatoes is completely untouched. There's slug pellets everywhere (one can't aim these things, it seems), which is not stopping massive snails from nomming my marigolds (talk about a scarily effective trap crop). I've got a jar of cheap lager buried in the bed and have to fish out the casualties every few days, but it does not attract baby slugs or any snails.

I have no idea what I'm doing and have stuck a hummingbird onna stick and a swordfish in the bed for visual appeal, but it apparently doesn't matter. I have a parasitic wasp! And a massive bumblebee! And hoverflies! And bees! This is so awesome!
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I've found a really pathetic and small holly in a plastic pot. It was hidden by the honeysuckles and some other plant I cannot identify (but considering it was obviously conspiring with the honeysuckles, it's being removed). Hopefully it will grow enough so I can give it a spot in the garden when there's space to plant things.

The raised bed is now more than half-cleared and I have started removing roots. I don't know what the hell else used to be in that bed, but the ground is now pretty much held together by various root systems. The soil appears to be clay and contains an astonishing amount of pebbles. It's a good thing I plan to use it as a base for a raised hugelkultur bed anyway, because there is no way on earth that I'd be able to turn that soil into something usable without hurting myself in interesting ways.

I've also been deconstructing the rock wall around the bed. This wasn't part of the original plan, but it made life easier grubbing up some of the more impressive roots. The removed rocks will probably be recycled as edging for the future bed.

Ahem. So. Yes. Garden. Sorry, I'm still getting used to this whole gardening urge. I'm sure I will eventually stop going on about it every chance I get.

I'm otherwise ludicrously happy. There's still a 'wait, you mean I don't have to leave? Ever again?' quality to living here and sharing a house with [livejournal.com profile] azekeil. We can go and visit people and then go home together. This is a wonderful novelty.
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I've found a really pathetic and small holly in a plastic pot. It was hidden by the honeysuckles and some other plant I cannot identify (but considering it was obviously conspiring with the honeysuckles, it's being removed). Hopefully it will grow enough so I can give it a spot in the garden when there's space to plant things.

The raised bed is now more than half-cleared and I have started removing roots. I don't know what the hell else used to be in that bed, but the ground is now pretty much held together by various root systems. The soil appears to be clay and contains an astonishing amount of pebbles. It's a good thing I plan to use it as a base for a raised hugelkultur bed anyway, because there is no way on earth that I'd be able to turn that soil into something usable without hurting myself in interesting ways.

I've also been deconstructing the rock wall around the bed. This wasn't part of the original plan, but it made life easier grubbing up some of the more impressive roots. The removed rocks will probably be recycled as edging for the future bed.

Ahem. So. Yes. Garden. Sorry, I'm still getting used to this whole gardening urge. I'm sure I will eventually stop going on about it every chance I get.

I'm otherwise ludicrously happy. There's still a 'wait, you mean I don't have to leave? Ever again?' quality to living here and sharing a house with [livejournal.com profile] azekeil. We can go and visit people and then go home together. This is a wonderful novelty.

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Jun. 6th, 2011 11:12 am
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I've been reclaiming the garden one square metre at a time and the difference is impressive even though I've only done a small amount (compared to what needs to be done in total). Due to years of only minimal maintenance, I have yet to find many plants that my limited skills can save. The plants are either dead or completely stunted and twisted and unhappy looking.

I try not to think about how much work is still to come because gibbering in sheer terror does not get the garden cleared, damnit.

Neither does it get my stuff upstairs unpacked and tidied away, so I think I'll go do a bit of that now before I go into the garden again to do battle with the honeysuckle (and evey other damned weed).

Productive

Jun. 6th, 2011 11:12 am
sessifet: (Smiling)
I've been reclaiming the garden one square metre at a time and the difference is impressive even though I've only done a small amount (compared to what needs to be done in total). Due to years of only minimal maintenance, I have yet to find many plants that my limited skills can save. The plants are either dead or completely stunted and twisted and unhappy looking.

I try not to think about how much work is still to come because gibbering in sheer terror does not get the garden cleared, damnit.

Neither does it get my stuff upstairs unpacked and tidied away, so I think I'll go do a bit of that now before I go into the garden again to do battle with the honeysuckle (and evey other damned weed).

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