May 16, 2006

Getting old (2): Gardening

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New House

We've been (myself, Rich and Thor) living in our house since July and we hadn't mowed the lawn in all the time we've been here, so when it was sunny last week, Rich and I took it upon ourselves to tidy up the garden after work, whilst Thor (who suddenly felt lazy that we'd both arrived home from working 9 – 5 and then started gardening) decided to do some work after noting that his main accomplishment of the day was 'having a shower'.

New Bin

However, the first hurdle was our new recyling garden bin as, like Casey, our brown bin had disappeared overnight, along with my normal bin. I decided to adopt a new bin from across the road that wasn't being used - does anyone know if you can "personalise" your bin so you know which one is yours?

Once I had acquired a new set of bins I successfully managed to stand in the street talking to our neighbours, whilst Rich and Thor happily(?) manoeuvred the brown bin through the house to the back garden.

New Look

Once the bin had arrived in the garden, I took the lawnmowing role (as Rich had never used a lawnmower before) whilst Rich cut back bushes, and pulled up dandelions.

Depite our lawn being about 2m x 2m, after an hour I gave up trying to mow the lawn as the blades flew out of the holders every time I went over a bump (a.k.a weed) in the grass. arghh…so frustrating!!!

Thankfully I visited my Dad last weekend and borrowed a strimmer so I could finish the lawn.

New Leaf

I was on my way home from work last week and decided that my housemates deserved presents for being lovely. So I bought Thor a bag of apples (as we are having a long–standing competition as to who can buy, and eat, the most fruit in our house) and Rich some compost and herb seeds as he is the house chef and likes adding herbs to his cooking.

He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.

Proverbs 12:11

We're being to think that the idea of having herbs grown from seed was a fantasy as they've been in soil, warm and watered for over a week now and nothing has appeared.

Are there any biologists / gardeners / cooks / clever people with any suggestions?


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  1. On the bin issue, paint your house number on the side for identification.
    On the herb issue, I always avoid seeds as they never work for me, but buy and pot up seedlings. If you're starting small it's best not to put them into a large container or straight into the bed I believe.

    16 May 2006, 07:47

  2. Hayley

    I need to read all entries before I reply to one.

    I'm a clever person. Or maybe I'm not, but I'm not a biologist, gardener or cook. Anyway, we painted flowers on our bin in my old house after neighbours kept pinching it and claiming it was theirs…

    Well, I'm glad mr stein is eating fruit… slightly disturbed to hear that his main achievement for any day could possibly be having a shower. Surely that's just something he does anyway? I've always thought of him as quite a clean boy…

    Well, I'll stop there cos I'm rambling…

    17 May 2006, 01:36


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