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Yesterday I got up to water the front garden from 7-8AM. (For those who haven't been paying attention, we are in the middle of the worst drought we've ever had and there's no sign of it ending - in fact it's kind of getting scary - and at the moment we have fairly severe water restrictions). Fortunately I did not have to think, just sit there with a hose, a cup of tea and a profound sensation of blerginess. Oh, and strew Blood And Bone and Dynamic Lifter everywhere, which was my motivation for being up at that hour waving the hose around. I'm hoping that if I can do this a few more times, I'll have the trees adequately fertilised within a couple of weeks and then the greywater can do the rest. I hope so, anyway - yesterday was a bit of a stretch for Everyone's Favourite Noodle and I am reluctant to impose further on 10B on account of having a list of things a mile long that I want him to do, right at the start of the busy season.

I sincerely doubt we'll be allowed to water gardens with mains water at all after 30 September, but most of my tree feeding should be done now anyway.

After hosing, fertilising, then hosing again for an hour yesterday and still not having watered it in to my liking by the time the siren went(figuratively speaking) at 8AM, I have decided to give up on Blood And Bone and just use Dynamic Lifter pellets and/or whatever old manure I can lay my hands on. The likelihood of burning plants because I haven't got time to water it in properly is too much. Dynamic Lifter still needs watering in, but it's not actually going to hurt your plants if you can't water so thoroughly.


Oh and I'm worried about the local birds: they love to scratch over the mulch in search of food and, I suspect, moisture (or possibly it's just that you find more food in the damp bits). Anyway, the damp bits in the backyard are now damp on account of grey water. This is quite possibly not healthy for birds, but there's not really a lot I can do about it. We do have water dishes of various shapes and sizes round the place, but clearly they aren't what is wanted.

To this end I am wondering if perhaps I should develop a kind of mini-bog for them: one spot away from plants that gets a bucket of clean water a day and is kept well covered with mulchy goodness. I could even throw in some worms now and again.


But on the plus side, yesterday two green-breasted Rosellas stopped by to snack on our gum tree, and today we had a bird that looks initially like a brown blackbird but with a speckled breast and a smooth beak (I think) rather like a nectar eater. I've seen it before I'd not noticed the beak and I'm buggered if I know what it is. This is on top of a couple of other native bird species that already seem very grateful for the tree's presence, and an increasingly interested possum. (And no, I didn't get photos on account of racing out with the camera to realise the memory was full and no, I haven't looked all of them up yet either.)

And that's why you plant native trees, people! If you plant them, they will come.

Date: 2007-09-09 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragonsally.livejournal.com
A little bog area for the birds is a grand idea. I've got some great terracotta pots set around for our birds. Strangely the dogs prefer to drink water from them once the birds have had a bath...extra taste I guess.

I'm really concerned about the grey water I've been putting on the garden since your entry the other day sent me back to the Lanfax site. I had all their stuff printed out a few years ago, and reading the extra material they have there put the fear of god on me.
Now I don't think I'll even water the trees with water from the washing machine, because there is no way for us to filter it. One of the major drawbacks of renting.

I set the alarm this morning to make sure I got up and watered all our plants in pots. They've mainly been existing 'since the rain' on the water we collect in the kitchen waiting for the water to get hot, but last week I saw that my potted citrus were wilting. Obviously P isn't pissing on them enough!
I dread the thought of not being able to water them at all.

Date: 2007-09-09 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vimsig.livejournal.com
It's lovely to read your garden notes

Date: 2007-09-10 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] splodgenoodles.livejournal.com

And BTW, about Claude Levi-Strauss: I always feel a bit guilty when people mention him because I kind of read his stuff when I absolutely had to and then avoided him. I'm not sure I ever really understood quite what he was getting at, or whether in fact I understood it so well I was getting confused because I couldn't imagine it would be so simple.

I can't say it's ever occurred to me to go back for another look.

Date: 2007-09-12 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vimsig.livejournal.com
I have ordered Introducing Levi-Strauss and Structural Anthropology to have a wee peek into the subject - it may or may not be my bag but if I don't look I will never know will I. Thanks for your help.


Date: 2007-09-09 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pondhopper.livejournal.com
I doubt that the birds will suffer from your greywater. They drink in far worse places than what you have to offer. Unless there are really harsh chemicals it should be ok, hopefully.
If you put worms out they will come!

It´s harsh to read about your continuing drought. I got all excited when I saw rain had been included in the forecast for this week and was terribly disappointed to see the chances had been drastically lowered this morning.

Date: 2007-09-10 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] splodgenoodles.livejournal.com
We had a little rain last night and today. Hopefully more tomorrow.

Date: 2007-09-09 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadow-5tails.livejournal.com
I'm with [livejournal.com profile] pondhopper's comments above; urban birds will doubtless be exposed, on a regular basis, to more noxious stuff than they're going to find in your greywater. Perhaps reducing the number of water dishes you've got out and dampening a bit of soil for them will be nice, but honestly I suspect you'll find they're still just as keen on the greywatered parts.

Where's our rain, dammit? I was so glad to be heading home through some nice fat droplets, but they didn't last.


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