Thursday, 3 November 2016
The weather turned out as good as predicted. I hoped to cross two mulching projects off of the work board by the end of the day.
The Depot Restaurant
Before we could acquire mulch, we had to do the rest of the fall clean up at the Depot garden, including taking the hops down from the dining deck lattice.
Chef Michael asked for an extra project, clearing a narrow area between deck and wall of bamboo so that a repairman could get in to fix the heater.
Fortunately, Allan could fit in the narrow passageway. I am not sure I could have. Well, I could have fit, but not worked easily.
Allan did the inside passage to the dining deck.
All the bare, strangely textured stiff stems of hops have to be clipped and teased out through the lattice. I had been hoping to be able to get, say, five bales of Gardner and Bloome compost from the Planter Box for this mulching project. As soon as I was reviewed it, I realized I would need a full yard of Soil Energy from all the way up at Peninsula Landscape Supply.
We just had time to do some clean up of a lavatera and some perennials at Long Beach city hall on the way.
We divested ourselves of today’s debris and headed north to
Peninsula Landscape Supply“This light, absorbent and nutrient rich manufactured soil provides an excellent medium to grow grass, bedding plants, shrubs, roses, and fruit trees. It is our lightest and most free draining soil with great fertility and growth characteristics. This works as well in your deck’s planter boxes as it does in your landscape beds. You can plant straight into it or use it as a soil amendment added to your existing soil to give it a boost and improve its drain-ability. Soil energy combines composted wood products, aged screened sawdust, screened sand, composted chicken manure, lime, fertilizer and iron. (pH 6.2, brown tan in color, 38.9% organic matter)”
back to The Depot Restaurant
We had time to go the Dennis Company in Long Beach and buy two bales of Gardner and Bloome for the pocket garden at the kite musuem.
World Kite Museum
Rather to my surprise, we had time to tidy up the planters along Sid Snyder drive (just north of the kite museum).
Our friends Steve and John of the Bayside Garden drove by while we were working but we didn’t see. Steve snapped this photo downtown showing a color match by one of the planters:
On our way to a near dusk debris offload, we pulled a few more clumps of crocosmia from the parking lot berms.
I had time at home to write up one blog post before going to dinner at
The Cove Restaurant
where we were joined at our usual North Beach Garden Gang dinner meeting by Our Kathleen, down for a long weekend. All we local gardeners are just getting over property tax and quarterly sales tax payments so salad followed by fish tacos ($3 each!) was the order of the night.As usual, we closed the place down and lingered for a bit more chatting in the parking lot.
The work board lost four things today: two mulching projects and the fall clean up of city hall and the Depot. Now the latter two get shifted into a new column: post frost clean up, whenever that might be.
Not all jobs get a special post frost clean up. The Depot has window boxes that need to be cleaned out after a freeze.
Tomorrow, I hope Ilwaco and the port and the boatyard will drop off the fall clean up list.
1995 (age 71):
Nov 3: Finished digging dahlias. Cut down lily stalks in UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and PBB [Patio Back Bed??] Drove around Yelm paying bills, bank, Payless, Stock Market, and Gordon’s. Bought 16 more pansies and more perennials.