My day starts with the goldfish. They live in a converted planter (1200x450x450mm) under the jacaranda tree. Now their tank is thickly covered with blooms every morning and my first task is to remove them. Those blooms continues to rain onto their home and some settle and rot, polluting their water.
There is no powered filter or pump in the tank, so after scooping all the flowers off the surface, I put a hand pump in it to take out two buckets of the polluted water, replacing them with clean ones. As birds and animals use it as their water hole, I often need to replace more water than I take out. This water is nutrient rich so I use it as a booster/tonic. Sometimes I mix it with worm wee or compost.
My next stop is the worm farms. Often my neighbour Lee leaves half a bucket of her kitchen waste at the front and I take it with my own offerings to the hardest workers of my garden. Not only do they make food for my garden they are also the food for my goldfish. It’s a full cycle.
Once the fish pond is tended to and the worms and fish are fed, their waste is distributed around the orchard as I water the garden. Any excess is bottled and left for Lee to collect. The trees in my orchard are mostly in containers so watering is imperative. The timing is confined to water restriction rules: before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. so those are my gardening hours. It is too hot to work between 10 am and 4 pm anyway, though as the sun moves I can often find shade at different ends of the garden to extend my working hours.
I have been admiring the images of gardens around the world on WordPress and decided to add some colour to mine. Ang, my friend and volunteer driver took me to a nursery that also carries a range of potted blooms at $2 each. I indulged. Now, of course, I have to find room for them in the garden or pot them up. These $2 plants are made possible by an employment scheme that gives opportunities to the disadvantaged.
We’ve had a lot of rain lately and my black bamboo is trying to take over by sprouting everywhere. They can grow metres per day so I am regularly breaking them off at first opportunity. The green bamboo in the picture below is only a few days old. The building behind it is three stories high. When they are small I can twist them off but when they are this size I have to get out the loppers. I must remove them before they turn black or they’ll be as hard as metal and I will need a saw. That would be the job of the day.