Sunday, May 31, 2015

Weed Busters, and the saga of the Fairy Garden

WEED BUSTERS and the saga of the Fairy Garden.

Damn, there are SOOO many weeds to contend with before this place is in any healthy shape!
My husband is getting much satisfaction mowing down anything that needs to be eradicated in the acreage paddocks - we have to wait to do occasional legal burns, and so create weed mulch heaps in the mean time.  I am now a seasoned ride-on-mower driver - well practised, with some scary 5 metre sheer drops along the creek fence line under my belt. This creek bend was ravaged during the worst of the floods. There are several wooden fence posts with more than 30 metres of their connecting wires hanging several metres out in mid-air.

Otherwise an easy and leisurely flat paddock experience with an occasional grinding stop if I hit a hidden rock (get out, pick it up) or a tree root (just avoid next time). I still have my husbands voice "accelerate, accelerate!" ringing in my ears.

I spend so much time trying to tame just the house area weeds, that I am inadvertently teaching Lucinda the intricacies of identifying and pulling weeds by the roots, carefully  bagging the seeded weeds, mulching areas, and of course planning her little fairy garden.  Lu has her own gloves, little wheel barrow, a set of garden tools and an eager disposition; though short lived with dashes to her swing, trampoline or playhouse to continue her rich imaginative life, burning up her almost 4 year old's energy. 

We have blocked off Maisie's attempts to madly race through the side open walls of her little play house, thus landing on and destroying ALL the hardy geraniums and succulents we planted last month to keep her little wee fairy company (Fairy does need a friend!).
It was a dust bowl when I arrived.  Now I have strategically placed large pots along the garden too, as any freshly dug areas also attract Maisie like a magnet - 'only helping us' I'm sure she thinks.  Her dug 'nests' have increased to 3, plus who knows what under Little House, where she loves to disappear in the deep dark spider zone.

Lucinda helped paint the few boards that are on the fairy garden side of playhouse - purple and pink splotches. It is great to have an area that it really doesn't matter what is done to it, but remains the cherished work of the child.  I know I said photos on the way - will get there!

292 comments:

  1. Ride on mowing actually sounds fun. My gardens so small it is a fairy garden.

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    1. Hi Lynda - yes, after initial trepidation I love the ride-on! Fortunately it is a new one so behaves well, and doesn't shudder me off the seat like the old one. Small gardens can be magic.

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  2. Our weeds are often used to feed the chickens and guinea pigs. In fact, during the middle and tail end of winter, I miss the weeds I can so easily pluck for our herbivores and omnivores during the growing season.

    If you ever find the battle too much and want to quit fighting weeds, don't feel like you failed. Its just nature and weeds can be used to your advantage too. You should try an experiment, where you leave a small section for the weeds to run amok. Cut them down (may need a brushcutter) at the beginning of spring, then several times again during summer. At the beginning of winter, see what kind of soil you have in the weed patch. It will be the best darn soil, and you may even want to turn it into a pumpkin patch.

    So if you can't beat 'em, use 'em! ;)

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  3. Thanks Chris - we would love to have chooks and ducks eventually. I think it is little steps with more planning- leaving areas cut & uncleared is worth a try. Dan has started mulching a pile for non-seeded weeds & tree prunings. David has a new brush-cutter and has cleared the slopes close to the houses. When time & energy allows, either he & Dan will attack beyond the creek which is a nightmare, but will respond really well I know. Cheers

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  6. Its such a lovely idea to have your little one build and maintain her own Fairy Garden. I'd love to make one outside with my 2 kids but unfortunately we have bandicots who love to dig up the yard and a dog who likes to chew.

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