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27 March 2014 @ 02:56 pm
being watched :)  
Yesterday I was trying to get the compost bin back in the garden, and was having a bit of a hard time getting it going. Finally, exasperated, I made a cross-eyed sticky-outty-tongue face and rolled my entire head as I bodily lifted it and changed its direction so I could get it to move. Then I looked up and a guy across the street, waiting at the red light in his car, had been watching and was now laughing and laughing and laughing.

So that was okay. :)

(I admit I often do that kind of thing (and had in fact in this case) for the benefit of any potential onlookers, but I'd never had (or caught) one before. It was pretty funny. :))

Speaking of compost (sort of) in a fit of enthusiasm inspired by my friend Chrysoula, I have bought the roses and raspberries I want to plant in the back garden along the wall. Unfortunately I haven't cleared out the growing area there, so ... I gotta go do that. And I suspect I essentially lack the materials required to do it properly, but I'm going to go attack it with a rake in a few minutes here and at least attempt to beat back the dead stuff. Then I may go at it all with the giant hedge shears, after which I should be thoroughly exhausted, particularly since I got up at 4:40 this morning. @.@

I have probably too-ambitious dreams of putting a container-garden together on the garden walls, too. I mean, truthfully what I need for it is a concrete drill, some hanging baskets and some compost (I have seeds), which isn't very much but which may be more than I have actual enthusiasm for. But I'd really *like* to...
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on March 27th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
Vertical gardening is becoming all the rage as it were here,
one interesting way of doing it was old wooden pallets where there is now a bottom slat on one end, and the back is all solid, and the front, the openings (once its filled with dirt) are where the plants go.

On container gardening, you can use just about anything to plant in, as long as there are some drainage holes in the bottom.

kitmizkit on March 27th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen the pallets thing, which I think is pretty cool. If I had access to any pallets I'd try it. :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on March 27th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
skulking around alleys for fun and profit.. grin.

One can actually BUY them in the snootier shops.
Chrysoulachrysoula on March 27th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
I did a pallet last year (flat though) and did not find it particularly good. It might be better vertical against a warm wall, though. Or maybe a better pallet.
Mspiritdance on March 27th, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
Container gardening is pretty easy - just put out a few pots with things you like to eat in them (for starters). You can worry about leveling up later to raised beds. For those, you could likely get by without drilling the existing cement;just make them a bit deeper with some gravel or river rocks in the bottom to allow drainage.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on March 27th, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
The trick with container gardening is that you have to remember to keep watering, just about every day. (Says the woman who failed badly at container gardening, despite growing a huge regular garden every year.)