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This was going to contain much more whining about our landlords

... but I'm tired of it, so I won't. I just wish our mutual understanding of the term "quiet enjoyment" involved fewer inspections and more autonomy in the garden.

Anyway. The other day I picked up some herbs from the CERES nursery, and on Monday I planted them along the front fence:

herbs planted in a narrow bed, with my shadow visible across them

There was already a small rosemary bush there, on the left. Reading from left to right, there's now also oregano, chives, and common and lemon thyme.

(Do you like my dorky gardening hat? One day I might actually take a pic of it that's not a shadow.)

I also did a bunch of weeding and made some weed tea:

bucket full of weeds and water

It's just a bucket of weeds and water, which I'll put a lid on and leave for a few weeks, then use the liquid as plant food and keep topping it up until it's leached all the goodness out of the weeds. Lots of weeds have deep taproots and are great at getting nutrients from marginal soil, so this helps get those nutrients back into the bits of garden where I want them to be. Once you've refilled the water a few times and a couple of months have passed, the weeds are supposedly very dead and can safely be used as mulch or chucked in the compost without risk of them reseeding/rerooting there.

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Posted by fe2h2o on March 28, 2013 at 02:58

I rather like the shadow hat—it's all artistic like:-)

Weed tea... there's a notion... we generally have a fine and healthy crop of weeds:-) This is something we can do—and the kids will love making it:-) (They often do something similar in their 'cafe', and serve it to us... the garden will probably appreciate it more:-) )