Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The Plot Thickens

We've got dirt! Like, a lot of dirt! It took Hugh several trips to the soil dealer and cost more than I can admit without wanting to throw up, but, we've got dirt!

We also have a fully functioning irrigation system, which will be both convenient and cost-effective. Plus, we will be able to conserve water, which is pretty darn important in these times of historical drought.

The system runs through the large PVC pipes that Hugh drilled holes into; once the pipe fills up, the water slowly seeps into the soil, from the bottom, up. All I have to do is insert the hose into the intake pipe and wait for the water level to hit the drainage pipe on the opposite side of the planter.
Because the planter is lined with plastic, the rest of the water will be retained, leaving no waste.

The small planter that catches the run-off will be full of zinnias, which will help entice pollinators to the garden; I am planning to plant those seeds this weekend, along with the other seeds that I have gathered and the vegetable and herb plants that are currently residing in my garage.

The only thing left for Hugh to do is to construct the wire arch that will serve as a trellis for my climbing plants, but; that doesn't need to happen for a while, yet. He is also going to lay some cement pavers on the ground, next to the shed. This will create a level space where I can set a small table and chair, for days that I feel like coming to the garden to enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine while the birds and bees visit those zinnias that I mentioned a minute ago.

At least, that's how it goes in my dreams, anyway. Time will tell, but, in the meantime, we've got dirt!


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