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Sunday, August 19, 2007

10 Minute Gardener - August 19, 2007

Despite the heat, I needed to get outside for a little bit today. We have been spending most of our time indoors this weekend and I have a bit of cabin fever. Hard to believe in the middle of summer, but it does happen.

As soon as the sun went down, I headed out to the back garden to clear out a bit more of our old compost container by moving it into our second Garden Gourmet I set up a couple of months ago. It only took me about 10 minutes, but I had topped off the original unit and then completely filled the new one. I gave both of them a thorough soaking with the hose to get things moving again. Here in LA we often have to deal with compost piles drying out this time of year, which basically puts a halt to any sort of compost action.

After this I hit another quick task and removed 2 asparagus ferns which I had plopped into the ground years ago. After some recent tree pruning, this area is getting a lot more light and my wife has been itching for an herb garden, so this was the first step to opening that area for some amendments and soil work.

We don't really have enough of our own compost yet to work into the area, so I will probably have to go and buy a few bags of amendments to mix in. If we are really going to attemmpt this herb bed, I want to give them as much help as possible. Watering in that area is already handled by a soaker system, so we don't have to do anything different there.

Other than that, we are waiting for the heat to settle down a bit so we can plant some more lavendar in a bed my wife prepared a few weeks ago in the front garden. Just as most people experience in the Spring, it doesn't do any good to try and rush the planting season. You just end up losing a lot of plants, no matter how diligent you are about watering, etc.

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