Last week in Ligaya Garden #11

So much is happening, both here and out there in the big world that we thought it worth doing a little catch-up every Sunday and publish it roughly on a Monday, Oz time.

All of the posts will be listed here on this page for your elucidation and convenience.

Shadecloth sails
The shadecloth sails are being unfurled

Another week of tidying up unfinished and even unstated job.

Like most ‘handy’ guys, I’m always picking up bits and pieces ‘just in case’ and ‘for that next project’. In a small space like ours, that gets a bit confused, congested and generally untidy eventually

So over the last couple of months, I’ve been finishing lots of little things that don’t quite rate highly enough to make blog posts about. It’s things like a replacement switch, a leaky tap, new filters..that sort of stuff.

I identified the jobs that I really wasn’t likely to ever get to (we all have those ‘ideas’, don’t we?). So lots of stuff was given away, recycled or, sadly in some cases where we couldn’t find a home for them….dumped.

There was a video though. A pre-Summer look at the aquaponics system. It took me a couple of days to realise that I’d used the wrong graphic on the page…it says ‘winter walkthrough’. Ouc!

Every day I’ve been putting out our shadecloth sails to beat the upcoming heat. I only do one section a day because it’s difficult for me to work above my head for too long – old injuries, arthritis…all that.

I’m upgrading some sections of shadecloth from 70% block out to 90%. Last Summer, we discovered that 70% wasn’t enough in some places and had to double up sometimes.

I’ve added an extra layer of white 50% to the trellis that screens the front porch. Last year things got a little warm there but we can’t block too much because of Jelina’s more delicate plants that she keeps there. It’s pretty well shaded by the trees on and off during the day, so just a little extra was needed.

On Saturday, I gave the garden its last really deep, thorough wate for the year. I really gave the mulch and soil under it a good spray of home made liquid fertizer followed by a good water, then an hour on the drippers to get really deep.

Of course, there’ll be spot watering, regular drippers and some patches soaked by the washing water but I mean that it’s the last real soak until we get some more rain.

That’s really it. I forgot to do a Ligaya Gardening Tips post on Thursday. I was having a bad day with my little ailment and just let it slip.

A family with a garden near Gawler where we experiment with sustainability.

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