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

Tuesday 22nd July 2015

Again temperature over 30° C. Last night we watered the garden and this morning we did it again. The fresh cut meadow looks very dry and instead of a green carpet we look on an ocher one. We also did some weeding in fact we did the Nasturtium bed (Tropaeolum majus). 

Exciting was the cropping of the potatoes `Charlotte`. It was like to search for gold and we where quite successful about it since we  could dig out about three kilos out of 18 plants. The `Carla` potatoes are not quite ready now to crop. Even the leaves are mostly dry I would leave them for another one to two weeks in the ground. 

One fruit tree is suffering. Probably some mice are on the roots trying to survive the hot summer.

dg

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Tuesday 22nd July 2015

Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Hot again, also very dry! Watering becomes the main issue since we had no rain for the last weeks. We raked the hay and prepared it for the farmer to collect. There was no lawn to cut since the grass is not growing because of the heat. 

Some potatoesleaves (Charlotte and Carla) are getting dry. Probably soon they will be ready to crop.

dg

Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Tuesday, 7th July 2015

Very hot and dry today.  Temperatures again up to 35° C. We started to cut the meadow early in the morning at 6 a.m. Four of us where in the garden and it took about 7 hours for the cutting. We left the grass for a couple of days on the ground so all the seeds can trop out easily. 

dg

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Tuesday, 7th July 2015

Wednesday, 1th July 2015

Very hot and dry today.  Temperatures up to 35° C. Sometimes more then four people worked all day till late in the evening. Today we finished to weed all tree pit surfaces. Also did the lawn cutting again. The Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) are starting to bloom. Brought in some more poppies seeds since they never germinated, which is strange. The meadow looks ripe and wants to be cut by next week. In the early evening when the sun was not so hot again, we watered the whole garden for about 2-3 hours (afterwards we could hear the plants singing sweet songs). The garden looks good!

dg

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Wednesday, 1th July 2015

Wednesday, 24th June 2015

Nice weather again after rainy days over the weekend.  Sunny, around 25°C. Again the soil is moist and perfect to weed. We have sown some more Blue Flux (Linum lewisii) in to the bed since the growing looks quite week. We also did the weekly mowing of the lawn. Today we managed to weed about fifteen tree pit surfaces out of sixty. So there is more to do! Since we want to improve the herb variety of our meadow we also have to maintain it by controlling obnoxious plants like Broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius). With the spate we dug them out and made sure the roots will dry out in the sun so they not growing again. Three of us worked all morning and in the afternoon we were two. We just did maintenance all day! The garden looks good, special after such a successful working day.

dg

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Wednesday, 24th June 2015