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Feet of Clay

So, today it was clear, and we have stuff that has to be planted. So datapard and I did the prep work: blending our clay soil with compost and peat to fill two giant tub planters. The clay came up in wet clumps. It had to be mixed with the compost and peat by hand. We even went looking for a small cement mixer to do the mixing. The cheapest we found was $250. No way. So we came home and finished the prep, including mixing the soil, laying down bark for drainage, and filling the planters. We cleaned up as the sun set. Needless to say, we're both tired, and will probably ache tomorrow.

Tomorrow we plant the roma tomato seedlings that I put in to sprout about three weeks ago, and that are now 6 to 8 inches tall. Then I have to find a decent place for the basil plant, and of course will expand the drip watering system to account for the new arrangement.

BTW, the blueberry bushes are doing well, and two of the four surviving have a lot of blossoms, and the other two have a few. I may see blueberries this year.

One of the three rasberry bushes that I planted on a whim this year actually might make it. It had leaves growing from it when I got it, and after an overnight wilt, they perked right up. The other two I not so sanguine about. OTOH, the garlic that I planted a few weeks ago is mostly sprouting. The elephant garlic I planted the same time is not - probably bad bulbs.

I haven't been able to get out to the back yard and see if my strawberries survived. I can't get past the damned obstacle course that is the back porch and yard! The plants in front are doing OK, but don't have any blossoms, probably because of the lousy soil and last years tomatos causing them shade.


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Apr. 3rd, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, tomatoes.

I do so miss having a yard to grow things in.

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