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Gardening.

Planted out my punnet of lettuce seedlings. A bit hard to say how they'll go in the long hot summer, but it's worth a shot. I've put some in the vegie crate, and poked a few into other pots in shady places, that get a lot of water. There's a few in with the orange tree (placed as far away from the plant as is possible in a pot, as the roots of citrus lie close to the surface and do hate to be disturbed, and as the trunk of citrus is prone to collar rot, which is more likely if there is not good airflow around the trunk). Also a few in with an abutilon, which I grew from a cutting as it's probably one of the easiest things to go from cuttings (and for that reason will be cheerfully removed if I have more plants I particularly like than space to put them) and a couple more in a large pot that already contains onions, silverbeet, basil and parsley.

I got stung by stinging nettle a few times - it's a plant that cheerfully self seeds around here. Some self seeding plants lose out when you start cultivating an area, but clearly not stinging nettle and it loves living in large, well watered pots. I'm not engaging in a war of attrition with it though, as I understand it has uses and I might look into using it at some point, so I only pull it out when it's actually in the way. And when it's bitten me.

My whitefly traps are, pleasingly, now coated in whitefly. Oh and one bee. Sorry bee.

Then there was watering. And I have more to do later. (Y'know, once I get the watering mechanised I'm going to have lots more fun out there. There's a lot to be said for handwatering, as it slows you down and reminds you to look closely at everything, but not every damn day.)

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hometime
Dec. 2nd, 2014 09:56 am (UTC)
Next ar we have to do terrariums as a set practical for the IB. Well, I say we, but I won't be there! Anyway, I have collected over 50 plastic fruit juice bottles, and next step is planning which plants we/not me shall use.

My workmate has never done terrariums before, but that is because he wasn't raised by hippies.
splodgenoodles
Dec. 2nd, 2014 10:33 am (UTC)
Making a terrarium is on my things-to-do list. After many other things of course, but it's there.
cmcmck
Dec. 2nd, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC)
Stinging nettles are a plant that cheerfully self seed EVERYWHERE!

The bees like 'em when they flower though. :o)
ant_queen
Dec. 7th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
Bloody stinging nettle. I've been stung several times now by stealth stinging nettles that have been hiding amongst other weeds. I often tolerate weeds to a certain extent, but I loath anything stingy, spiky, or sticky. At the top of my hitlist are stinging nettles, sow thistles, and cleaver weed. On the positive side, I've discovered that I've got two types of mallow growing rampantly in my yard. There's the usual common mallow/small flowered mallow, but also a lovely red flowered mallow, that grows prostrate and is proving to be an excellent ground cover, so I'm encouraging it. Ideally I'd replace all the "lawn" parts of the yard with wooly thyme and corsican mint. Life's to short to mow lawns.
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