Wednesday Gardening

It’s been hot out here – really hot in the 100s, so our gardening is done at 6:00 am until the air temp is 80 or until my water bottle runs out of ice water.

Some days I drink iced tea instead, but that would be a different post …

We’ve been in our home for a year now and are working on fixing things up the way we like them. There’s been a lot of work on irrigation systems and getting raised beds built and filled with dirt. In the last two days I’ve moved about 8 wheelbarrows full of dirt. Didn’t take any pictures of me doing that. Trust me, hot sweaty me isn’t a picture you want to see.

There are a lot more projects under way but here are three we’ve completed. It should be noted that Heather is the head gardener and anything that looks good is likely her work. If it looks heavy to lift or a big hole was dug, that is likely my work. I’m also reasonably skilled at making tea – both hot and iced.


The new strawberry patch. Found these grow things/pots/planters/thingy at the garden center. Most this was Heather’s project. I did offer encouragement and did a tiny bit of lifting. Yes, the top one still needs plants.

There was a large strawberry patch out in front when we moved it and Heather’s been dividing those and planting them around the garden. The planter things above were Heather’s find at a local nursery.

There is an arbor on the back patio and we thought a wisteria growing over that would look nice.

A new wisteria to grow over an arbor. I dug the hole, Heather did the planting. It took a long time to dig the hole. I asked if explosives were allowed around here – turns out you need permits, licenses, safety equipment, so I just used a pry bar, a shovel and a lot of swearing.

Okay, it might be a couple of seasons before it grows enough to provide shade.

Lastly, we’ve been wanting a water feature and we bought some half wine barrels. I went online and found a small fountain pump and presto a simple water feature. Likely we’ll do something bigger when we find just the right thing.

Our new water feature with floating plants. There’s a local business that will deliver half wine barrels to your house for $35 each. I mean real wine barrels – this one still smelled of a nice merlot and was purple inside.

That’s it for this week. If we haven’t completely melted by then, more pictures next week.

If you need me, I’ll be out in the garden, digging a hole.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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36 Responses to Wednesday Gardening

  1. DeniseBalog says:

    Love the strawberry tierβ€οΈπŸ“πŸ“ Why so hard on digging the hole? What kind of soil do you have? Thank you for sharing your garden 🌱🌻

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    • We don’t really have soil. This house is built on a rocky hillside in the desert. The ground here is rock, some sand and clay. It’s highly compacted – shovels just bounce off it. You have to use an iron bar to break things up.


      • DeniseBalog says:

        😲😲 Oh my😲 Good job and bless you for your determination. Gardeners never give up once they see a plant vision 🌱🌱😁🌻🌺

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  2. YB says:

    I dig that Strawberry planter. Aloha from Hawai’i!

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  3. Sorry about the heat! And a full year? Already? I’m impressed by your guys’ gardening. That strawberry planter is cool. We’ve had a wisteria for years, and alllllllmooooost got some flowers from it last year. I blame the soil.

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  4. Sounds like you’re getting the heat wave we had a few days ago. 42C/107F is FAR beyond what we’re used to here. Thankfully we’re down to a comfortable 30C now, which is still unseasonably hot for us. Glad to hear you’re staying hydrated and cool(ish).

    Oh, and a word of advice about wisteria: It’s beautiful, but watch out for your foundations, walls, and especially sewer/water pipes. It’s very aggressive (read ‘potentially destructive’). Some sites recommend burying a six-foot steel panel between it and your foundation. No kiddin’…

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  5. Debra says:

    I love being able to see your work. For me, gardening is therapy, and if it means getting up early to beat the heat, I get it. πŸ™‚ Love your projects, and look forward to seeing more examples as things progress.

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  6. Looking good! I like those strawberry planters and the wisteria will be beautiful someday.

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  7. I like seeing your gardening pictures. It’s like I’m gardening myself from the comfort of my office.

    It’s hard to believe you’ve been there a year, Andrew.


  8. Nancy Ruegg says:

    You make interesting reading even out of digging holes, Andrew–a rare gift! I use the heat and humidity as an excuse to postpone the yard work. My day lilies are in serious need of pruning, but now we’re in a rain cycle, so I still can’t get out there. Do you hear the sadness in my voice? Me neither.

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  9. Hi, Andrew. I love seeing your photos. What a beautiful place you have. It really is nice to make a place your own, isn’t it? Keep the pictures coming. They are a joy to see. πŸ™‚

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  10. jfwknifton says:

    Well done! Doing heavy work in such temperatures is not an easy matter, even if you stop at 80Β°.

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  11. Pied Type says:

    You’ve got to be the busiest person I know! All those wonderful projects. You belong in Home & Garden (is it still being published?).

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  12. pommepal says:

    Those water hyacinth are declared noxious weeds over here. But they are so pretty we have sneaked a couple onto our ponds, but monitor them carefully They make excellent compost too.

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    • We’re in the desert here and almost a mile from the nearest body of water so we don’t worry too much about them. Likely, I’ll kill them long before they can escape this yard, but I do know places here in the states where they are basically outlawed.

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  13. There must be something inspirational happening this year. I have lived here for 22 years – my husband was born in this this house. He has done more yard projects this year than he has in the past 62 years. 😐

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  14. davidprosser says:

    Don’t dig too deep Andrew, it could get even hotter.

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  15. lifelessons says:

    I could donate acres of water hyacinths from the lake to you. They float in over the dams during the height of the rainy season.

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  16. A year already! Wild!

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