Wednesday 26th August 2015

A good day to work in the garden since the weather is just perfect. It`s a sunny day and about 30°C. After a couple of weeks neglecting the garden it`s time to be back on track. Luckily we are four of us to do what has to be done. Mowing the lawn is the big issue since the grass is grown high. It took us all day to do it. We also took out Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius) and did the weeding around the tree stems. 

The crop of the potatoes we took out today is not enormous as expected. But about two kilos for each potatoes variety (`Eigenheimer`, `Ratte` and `King Edward`) is still quite satisfying. By chance we could organize 1-2 m3 soil, which the workmen on the campus side promised to bring in the next days. That means we can start to equalize our uneven trench in the next weeks. After a long and hard day we are all happy about the state of being on top of the garden again.

dg

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Wednesday 26th August 2015

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Not a very good day for gardening since the weather is cold (16° C) and wet. But it is a good chance to get a good impression of the gardens state after being absence for a couple of weeks. In general the garden looks fine, nothing has grown too much after weeks of heat (over 30° C). But still there is a lot to do since the mowing of our lawn has been neglected and wants now to be cut as soon the weather gets dry again. One fruit tree (`Hallauer Aemli`) seems to be dead, probably some mice caused it, and has to be replaced in autumn. Interesting is the state of the potatoes ripeness’! `Charlotte` was the first one and then came `Carla` and ` Eersterling ` about three weeks ago by the end of July. `King Edward` and `Ratte` are ripe to dig out now as soon the soil is dried up again. Next crop will be `Up to date` and ` Eigenheimer ` in about two weeks and last but not least `Blaue Schweden` by the beginning of September. 

Looking at the seeding beds is showing the following: Purple Tansy (Phacelia tanacetifolium) are getting dry after blooming, Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is doing well but has not shown an exciting grow, Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) did very well but are now over, Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is still blooming but could have been done better probably because they wanted more watering in the past. Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum) has been an great disappointment since nothing came up unless weeds, Yellow Marigold (Calendula officinalis) did well but started to finish flowering, Blue Flux (Linum lewisii) did very well but is now dry as well and White Clover (Trifolium repens) did well but could have done better.

Thinking about the future would be appropriate now to find out what could be done to improve the quality of the soil. Maybe bringing out some manure in about two month could guaranty a richer growing for annuals, perennials and even vegetable for next year.

dg

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Wednesday 19th August 2015