I don't have my pewter hobby bits and pieces at the farm yet, so I had to find something else to do. This is one of the things that (albeit briefly) kept me busy.
I had a craving for some sprouts, but my sprouting tower was at the town house. No matter - I grabbed the closest jar, filled it with dry seeds, damped them down, and using a plastic band, tied some recycled netting to the top. It worked a treat :)
RMan decided that the outdoor furniture needed some maintenance so he pulled out the raw linseed oil. It is applied neat to the wood with a soft brush and then allowed to become absorbed / dry for a week or so before using the furniture. Ideally this should be done just prior to winter, but with the fierce sun and wind on the farm RMan decided the time had come.
Obviously, RMan has more patience than I do - getting to all those little nooks and crannies would drive me to distraction.
|Raw linseed oil - the most eco-friendly method|
of preserving wooden outdoor furniture
I also had to ensure that whatever I planted could not be a hiding place for any wandering snake - I don't want to encourage them to take up residence so close to the house. I want to view whatever wildlife there is from a distance, thank you. So none of the plants that went into the ground should form a shady snake spot - hopefully. If they do, well, they'll get ripped out, and I'll have to find another suitable spot for them.
We are planning on making the entrance stairs much wider, so I have left space for that...
|Rose bushes waiting to be planted in front|
of the grape vines made a brief statement
I have planted some Spekboom ("Portulacaria Afra" or Elephant Food) which is well-known for absorbing carbon dioxide from the air. Also, some yellow aloes got a spot. And some Cotyledon sp, Echeveria and Crassula. But, for the other couple of indigenous plants that found a home in these two beds... I have no idea what they are called. I just know they are water-wise. And if they make for a prettier entrance, then they've done their job :)
|Done and planted - I reckon it looks great.|
Now it just needs to grow a little...
And, finally, RMan constructed a very important piece of garden equipment for me. Gone are the days of walking distances around the plot to find suitably large bushes on which I can hang wet clothing. I now have a washing line :)
|My homemade washing line|