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Planted some more of the taller pot marigolds and snapdragons in another border with 2 lupins. Dug up a small growing hardy fuchsia and put it in a pot for now until I decide what to do with it.
 
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Earlier this week: Ripped out the first round of plants in project " deforestation of the house"! Haha. Some sago's (ouch!), Hydrangeas and philodendron and this palm thingy. No after pics, too rainy today. Next step will be some struggling azaleas and then trees. We've identified up to 8 trees we would like to remove, but that number may get adjusted when we get the estimate. They are all way too big to remove myself and some of them close to the house.
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Earlier this week: Ripped out the first round of plants in project " deforestation of the house"! Haha. Some sago's (ouch!), Hydrangeas and philodendron and this palm thingy. No after pics, too rainy today. Next step will be some struggling azaleas and then trees. We've identified up to 8 trees we would like to remove, but that number may get adjusted when we get the estimate. They are all way too big to remove myself and some of them close to the house.
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I would still like to burn or retort wood to biochar, but splitting the wood down is my trap. I just keep finding other things to spend a grand on beside a log splitter. No way I do it by hand.
 
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As rain was forecast for around 1.00pm, I went out around 10.00am and mowed the lawn.
It's nearly recovered from my scarifying a week or so ago,

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For once the forecast was right it rained at 1.00pm.


If I'd gone to golf as normal on a Friday, I'd have got rained on when we were on the 15th or 16th, so all the wet gear would have had to come out of my bag. I can do without that.

Our cheap garden chairs arrived this morning in two cartons, just a question of bolting them together. I hate stuff where you have to use an Allen key, when you can't get a full turn on it. Fortunately I've an Allen key bit that fits my leccy drill, so it wasn't a problem.

I'm quite pleased with them at just over thirty quid each. They are well made, very sturdy and comfortable.

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I would still like to burn or retort wood to biochar, but splitting the wood down is my trap. I just keep finding other things to spend a grand on beside a log splitter. No way I do it by hand.
I tried doing it by hand... Still have an ax stuck in a log, haha! I'll probably have them leave me some for the fire pit, but my rack is already full from the aftermath of Michael.
 
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I tried doing it by hand... Still have an ax stuck in a log, haha! I'll probably have them leave me some for the fire pit, but my rack is already full from the aftermath of Michael.
Last year or so the tree service came and took 7 down for me. I managed to give away the firewood and chipped A LOT for compost. Now the arborist that came to treat my golden raintree identified 2 late cycle trees in addition to 4 that have died or are dying. It comes in spurts thank goodness, but full oaks are monsters
 
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Alternating between sun and heavy rain, so didn't do a lot.

Dismantled my cheap garden vac to give it a clean.

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I bought it on ebay for about thirty quid three years ago. it's quite powerful, 2,600w.
Trouble is, after a lot of use, there gets a build up of mud inside. So the efficiency slowly reduces. Fortunately, it's held together by screws...over a dozen of them! So easy to take to pieces, clean and lubricate.

Changed our thirty-two year-old tea-house, to "summer mode."

I keep my vinyl jukeboxes in here. They don't like damp and prefer to be at room temperature.
This is because they have in each, four electric motors, some gearboxes and a lot of exposed leaf switches. Difficult to maintain in the winter in an unheated glorified garden shed. The cold thickens the oil and if you try to use them when it's like this, they can trip out (three breakers protect the circuits) and keep having to be reset.
So I cover them with multi-layered dust sheets and keep a 60w inspection lamp on, sitting inside both of them on their floors.

The opposite problem occurs in summer. It can get very hot in there.

So I uncover the vents at the back.

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Raise the roof cover at the front, (it's just like a heavy wooden box lid) and insert the vent made from two halves of a recycled dishwasher cutlery tray. I designed it to let air out and prevent anything getting in.

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Then set the timer on the extractor fan.

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On really warm days I just open one of the doors.


My neighbour came round to return my Fiskar's lopper, he'd borrowed. Took the opportunity to walk round to see how my fish were doing.
They are all in good condition. This pool is only three years old and has a very sophisticated filter system, capable of sustaining a denser population of fish than was mine. The "biggy" is just one which was mine, a tancho sanke. So I'm pleased they are being well looked after.

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Hi,

Over the last few days I've been working flat out whilst trying to hide from my cloud Blackie; we have a 60' long hedge to the top of our garden it mostly laurel and it takes a lot of time and effort keeping it under control; we don't have laurel bushes we have laurel trees these at one time were 30' tall until I attacked them with my petrol chainsaw; once again I've been cutting them back and it's hard graft; because of Blackie putting so much rain down every day I struggle to work when it isn't raining meaning I go mad to do as much as possible which quickly tires me out; I've put in a full morning this morning and at last have completed the job but I've still got lots of bags to take to the tip and another big pile to shred; I've been to the tip a number of times and also shredded at lot. Of course its raining again. GRRRRR.

Kind regards, Colin.

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Cutting back is hard enough but getting rid of the brash even harder.

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What a tiring job; please note the meadow flowers coming into bloom.

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Dragging more debris down the mountain to the shredder on an old bed sheet.

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Once these start growing again they go ballistic at least they aren't the 30' tall they used to be. I dream of getting into the workshop but other more pressing jobs keep getting in the way
 
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Stop the rain in Michigan! We've gotten so much! Perennials are huge but starting to yellow! Some seeds have germinated great but I think some bit the dust before having a chance! Lake levels are hitting historic levels. Will be interesting to see how summer progresses.

I wanted to fertilize the plants but not sure if it would cause more harm to the struggling ones from so much rain. Thoughts?
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Stop the rain in Michigan! We've gotten so much! Perennials are huge but starting to yellow! Some seeds have germinated great but I think some bit the dust before having a chance! Lake levels are hitting historic levels. Will be interesting to see how summer progresses.

I wanted to fertilize the plants but not sure if it would cause more harm to the struggling ones from so much rain. Thoughts?
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My thought is TEMPERATURE. Given any volume of organic fertilizer you wish, the temperature energy becomes a component of the distribution channel in the sense that organisms that are either helpful or foul all work less on survival in a high energy environment, and thus if you give too much, you will get aggressive attention from pathogens during the heat of summer. Where that attention is directed is most assuredly where you spread their food.
 

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Hi,

Thanks Sheal; yes it sure does and a usual normal summers day. I managed to tidy the top of the mountain this morning and run another full load of debris to the tip; of course everything was still soaking wet after Blackie enjoyed drenching me at 6:30 last night when I was stupid enough to do a bit of shredding; it's been fine this morning but not any longer;

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/set-rain-huddersfield-next-70-16406776

Let's have a drop of rain for a change? :cry: I'd better stop crying because I'm only adding to it.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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Mostly finished with my project. There are some smaller weeds right on the edge of the driveway that I haven't removed yet, but I got most of the bigger weeds out, and left the natives. I also planted about 10 native seedlings and a couple ferns. Hopefully it'll look nice in a couple years.

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