No, that’s not a metaphor Dear Reader, I’m getting my portable pond ready. The seeds are really starting to grow, well, two did at least, I had to dig deep to get some heavy clay and after a rinse through and a lining with pea-gravel I have to wait and see how clear it’ll get. I realised I haven’t been keeping you abreast, astomach?, of my recovery from my abdominoplasty, mostly because there hasn’t been much to report. It’s getting better, but it’s already so amazingly wonderful, no I’m being serious, it’s hard to tell when small changes occur. I’m in a no swell stage again, it relapsed before so I’m just letting it carry on, no twinges in a while and the scar is starting to fade a little. I’m prone to heavy scarring so it may never really fade that much. Such is life, Dear Reader, it’s why I talk so much about healthy eating and good diets, you don’t want to face what I have and will have to yet. I do want to see an end, but I just can’t think about it all the time, it can eat away at you. Someday I will sit here and talk of the end, no too soon I hope.
I can’t speak in terms of certainties in regards the pond or mushrooms, but I can share the steps and we’ll all see where this takes us. If you want to try then go ahead, but don’t blame Jack if it all goes wrong, if it goes better than me then don’t tell me either. The pot is about forty five litres, I bored two overflow holes in the sides, just jammed a knife in there as it’s rubber, that way if the water level rises it won’t spill over the edge and drag out the plant. That’s the idea at least, I still have to plant the germinated seeds and that’s scary, we have a heatwave incoming so I’ll let it settle and see how hot it gets, I don’t want to risk shocking them. The mushroom still hasn’t gotten the dreaded death fuzz and I think I see a little of the spawn creeping to the top. Somehow in-spite of terrible weather there are still worms alive in the wormery. I gave them ample bedding and have to fashion a permanent cover to keep out the rain, I still can’t see how it gets in, but flooded worms are a no-no. The bokashi is almost full, there isn’t much run-off, maybe when it rests?, but it’s nowhere as useful as the wormery juice so I won’t complain. I’m curious to see how it’ll affect the compost in the bins.
I’m slowly planting all that will grow this year. I want to get more seeds down tomorrow if we see this promised heatwave. I have carrots down, I was a little crafty this year, I scraped off all the top soil down to about an inch, cleaned and weeded it, put it into a bucket and then gently smoothed the bed, sprinkled the carrot seeds as thinly as I could and returned the soil, dampened it and lightly press it down. The key is keeping it moist, once they get large they’re pretty easy, admittedly a heatwave can cause issues, but as it may not last I need to take a risk and use the heat for germination. I have two squashes starting now, I love this part more than any other, one harlequin and one honeybear. I haven’t planted too much this year, there was so much waste last year, but I’ll have nearly forty seedlings, the cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower. I have basil started too, that can be fussy, but I’ll keep an eye on it. I’m still eating pesto made from last year’s harvest. I think I’ve bored you enough for one night, Dear Reader, take care.