It’s been a challenging week. Maybe I should have titled the post: Six Challenges
One of the solar Pestbye cat scarers I bought through Amazon Germany and delivered last week has died already! I reported it but as they are having a high volume of traffic it may be some time before I get a reply. I have a horrible feeling because we purchased a pair that both will need to be returned. The same thing happened with some solar lights a couple of years ago. We returned both and then they were out of stock.
My gnome has just reported we have two big holes in the newly raked bed.
The second challenge was to source seed compost without going inside a shop. Donned with mask and visor I eventually found some in a compost cage at a gardening drogeria in the next rural town. I did plant a few seeds in normal compost but that was too fibrous.
The third challenge was my seed order which I thought I’d placed a week ago. The website kept glitching, it wouldn’t accept my address. Fair enough. I contacted the company and they found my order in my virtual basket and placed it for me. It was only when the confirmation came through that I realised half the order was missing. That issue resolved and payment finally made through bank transfer I then noticed they had not included a house number. Sigh. I phoned and emailed and was assured it was okay and delivery would be Friday. I am not surprised the order did not arrive. It would not be so bad but to get free delivery I encouraged two friends to share the order.
1. Invasive Weed – Oxalis pes-caprae or Bermuda Buttercup
This is one weed you do not want in your garden. Swathes of bright yellow may look pretty in the wild but in the garden, no. (See Wild Wednesday ). Unless you dig deep and remove these little bulbs the plant will spread rapidly and the only way to remove is to dig up the garden bed.
The Bermuda Buttercup has already made inself at home in this rockery.
2. Who is the ‘Mystery Muncher’?
There are no birds, slugs or snails so I can only assume there are some nasties lurking in the compost. Hence a rare trip outside the boundaries of our garden to a garden shop to buy seed compost. Any ideas what’s eating my courgette seedlings. I have already lost three plants.
3. Mint Challenges
Why does mint only grow where it is not supposed to? I have tried for years to grow mint in pots but with no success.
The mint I’d been growing in a bottle of water all winter I transferred to the herb bed. I don’t mind if it takes over I just want it to grow!
4. Pine Trees – Gardening Nightmare
The pine trees in our neighbours garden are a nightmare. Every time the wind blows it sheds needles, and if it’s not needles it’s yellow pollen-like dust and in January/February the deadly Processionary Caterpillars fall from their nests high in the trees.
Try removing pine needles from gravel.
5. Succulent Rockery
I finally finished weeding and removing as many pine needles from the bed as humanly possible.
Section by section, I am pleased with the result.
6. Repotting Hydrangea
This poor hydrangea defintely needed some TLC
That’s a wrap for this week. Why not join the Six on Saturday garden bloggers over at Mr. P’s gardening blog.