It has been overcast and gray, and sad as it is to say goodbye to summer, I hope we've turned the corner into autumn actual. Hot weather and sun-blast days destroy my motivation to hang out in the garden.
But today, we were back in business with 3 simple goals:
- Repopulate the worm farm.
- Plant something that will pay off.
- Tidy up a bit, you're a disgrace.
Repopulate the worm farm
For the last few years, whenever hot weather wiped out my worm tower, I'd do the suburban middle-class thing and buy a booster box, then hate myself for being so damn consumer. This year, things would be different.
We took steps to dodge the heat by moving the tower into the shed. This turned out to be utterly useless, because the one time we moved it was our weekend away, when it was cool and rainy here in Perth. This filled me with a false sense of security, so the next heatwave, I fell back on optimistic denial, and all my worms died. Mea culpa.
Luckily, a gardener friend mentioned she had put all her worms in flower pots and the garden bed before summer. So this afternoon, I sifted through our garden bed and found a few little wormies - alive! These little Adameves have been moved from Eden to the worm tower, to beget many wriggly Cains and Abels. Hopefully with less jealousy and murder.
The plan now will be to continually move worms between the tower and garden. Not only should this help towards self-sustaining plant beds, but it'll provide safe-havens for future breeding stock.
Plant something that will pay off
So, carrots. Baby ones.
After seeing how reasonable a pumpkin we can grow with some focus and attention, I'll try to be more conscientious this season.
We have 2 rows of 8 or so plant sites, with 3 seeds in each, taking up half the veggie bed. Once they've sprouted, the seedlings will be distributed more evenly across the whole patch.
Which is, at the moment, a right mess. Seems to be customary after every new planting. Whatever cat winds up living next door regards our yard as their patrol zone, so to protect our tender garden from harsh piss reality, we tart it up like a death trap until the plants are big enough to crowd out visitors.
Tidy up a bit
I'm not overly invested in carrot stocks here cos we may upset everything in a couple months. We're planning on moving to a house with more growing space, so it'd be worth it in the end.
In preparation, much of my funemployment time will involve finishing the konmari of our home, cleaning up, and packing. We don't know yet when this will happen, but we cut a deal with both the rental agent and the future landlord, that we'll be ready to haul ass asap at a moment's notice.
I'm excited about kicking off with this level of unpredictability. I don't think I could have taken it before, but with all the introspection and lifestyle changing lately, this feels befitting - like if it were to happen any other way, it would feel as though nothing has improved. There's a fire under my arse now. I don't feel so asleep today.
This post is looking pretty bare, so here are a few more photos. Today, I planted some fresh marigold seeds. Here are the seeds in a pot. Exciting stuff.
We went to the Less is More Festival this afternoon at The Grove Library, and while waiting for the ecoburbia goat workshop to start, the presenter Shari came round with a bag of dried marigolds for people to take home!
My favourite workshop was on urban livestock, not just because the presenter Danielle is my friend, but because it was super interesting to deep-dive into some of the details of animal rearing. There are so many domestic animals I never thought of as livestock before today. I almost feel like a real suburban farmer now.
These are my Crassula tetragona cuttings from last October. They grew ever so slightly over summer. As you can see, some of the soil has washed away, so they'll need a top-up soon. I quite like how they look in this very tiny bonsai pot, though I'm not sure how well they'll survive. I have a larger pot with another cutting that hasn't grown at all. Maybe these twins should become triplets and encourage each other as a team.
Finally, this guy. At the start of summer, I found a 'Little Donkey' Sedum morganianum under a pile of detritus. It had fallen off a plant that didn't even come close to making it. Somehow, spending months ignored in the dank shade kept this guy alive. He only had one 'tail' when we found him, but has now become three-tailed. We kept him shadowy and moist during the hot weather. I think he might be all right after all. I'd like a whole pot full of this, please. :)
What does your garden look like at the moment? What are your plans for autumn and winter?