It wasn't a pretty sight up there. The snails have been sliming amok. The weeds are rampant. My lettuces have been turning to sludge. Not good.
So, in soupy humidity, this is what I did this morning:
- Pulled out a heaped wheelbarrow full of weeds.
- Took wheelbarrow up to compost heap. Dumped weeds and replaced with compost. Noted that those little fruit stickers don't break down. Is it too much to expect that stickers on fruit are compostable?
- Took compost back to garden and spread into empty areas for replanting.
- Picked dozens of snails off leeks, silverbeet, garlic and lettuce. Put in bucket and took down to ducks.
- Went with bucket into sheep paddock to pick up manure (ah, the glamour!). Not much to pick up. The rain is probably breaking it down quickly.
- Spread manure on garden.
- Pruned grapevines and took prunings over to sheep - they lerve grape leaves.
- Back in vegie garden, topped up mulch. Again, I think the rain is causing the mulch to break down faster than normal.
- Noted sad state of cucumbers, eggplant and capsicum. No obvious problems with disease or pests, just very little growth in two months since planting.
- Up to worm bin to get castings to make casting tea to give these sad sacks a bit of a perk up.
- Fed vegies worm casting tea.
- Made up Dipel spray to spray on the cabbages.
- Harvested zucchinis and silverbeet.
- Fed chooks and ducks spoiled lettuces. Sigh, will have to buy lettuce for the next couples of weeks.
Two hours was quite enough for me, but fortunately that was enough to make things in the vegie garden respectable again.