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Friday, 18 September 2015

Chillies!


About a month ago I thought the chilli crop would be poor due to a very hot and dry summer. Watering the plants helps, but nothing can replace good rain showers. Finally, we had some rain in August and my chillies woke up. 
I decided not to put them into vinegar but dry them in a hot air. 
And they are hot just as I like.



Monday, 14 September 2015

Working Hard


Six beautiful days are ahead and I tend to use them to tidy up my garden. I finally started to rearrange the south border. I chopped down the juniper tree because it tilted too much over the border. Then I dug out all the plants. I want to work the ground thoroughly before I plant them back. It is going to be a lot of hard work digging the entire ground over and adding compost and manure. Planning the border is the easy part. The thing is that I need to finish preparing the bed today and plant all the plants tomorrow. They have been staying in water for two days. 


A part of the south border as it looks now. I need to level up the lawn and sow some new grass as well. How odd it looks now so bare. This is how it looked like in 1995 and 1997!


It is still the old neighbour's house wall behind and the juniper was so small.


The tall Sedum telephium 'Autumn Joy' justifies its name. It is not yet in full bloom but, it is already full of busy bees.


Walnut collecting is in order.


Liriope muscari


Fuchsia magellanica, the hardy one.




Saturday, 5 September 2015

Rainy Day

This morning at 5.50.

It's been raining finally. I was only collecting slugs between the two rainfalls. I haven't killed too many of them. The slug pellets I distributed some days ago did the job.


But, what's with the birds? They ate all my endive seedlings a month ago. I planted the new set of seedlings yesterday. I did not have to cover the lettuce seedlings ever before. 


The Chinese cabbage germinated very well. 


The Japanese Persimmons grow bigger. There are only seven fruits left. I read that fruit shedding is a common problem in young trees.