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Yesterday I spent close to two hours digging out of the bottom of my compost bins. Last year, when I was out of commission, the Mr. did it, and he just piled it up near the bins. I don't know whether that encouraged the evil English ivy to grow into the bins, but the older bin, especially, was a wad of tiny rootlets, and it was hard to get anything out. Still, I got out about a dozen pails-ful, and poked and turned the upper stuff a little so that it fell down into the empty spaces I'd just made. Then I started planting bulbs, with lots of nice compost in the holes, but didn't finish. I have 30 narcissus (3 kinds), 20 crocus, 20 miniature iris, and 10 squills (pushkinia). The narcissus need to be 4-6 inches inches apart from each other, and the ground is tough - it's ground that's now getting some sun since the big dead oak came down and no one's dug in it for decades at least.

So today my hands and forearms are all stiff and sore. But I was outside in the daylight for about 3 hours, so that's got to be good. I hope to plant the rest at the end of the week, when I'm off for Thanksgiving.

And on Saturday I got a therapeutic lamp for phototherapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Man, that thing is bright! I have it in the kitchen because the first thing I do on weekdays is made breakfast and pack lunch for the Young Lady.

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smillaraaq
Nov. 24th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
D'you have a bulb auger? Those can be a huge help dealing with bulbs in really dense ground. (Well, assuming you also have a sufficiently powerful drill to drive them with, of course.)

And do keep us posted on the lamp -- I've been curious about trying one for years, but the dang things are so bloody expensive as to discourage experimentation.

chomiji
Nov. 24th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)

Nope, no bulb auger! Just a couple of trowels - a wide one and a skinny one. But really, chopping through the mats of roots in the compost bins was worse than planting the bulbs. The landscape guys put in some daffodils for me last year, but I like the many-flower-to-a-stem scented little narcissus better. I kept to the budget I gave myself when I bought the bulbs, which is probably just as well in terms of the effort this takes!

smillaraaq
Nov. 25th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Well, if you want some help planting the second round, I'd be happy for a chance to get some proper dirt under my nails. :)
chomiji
Nov. 27th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)

Wanna come over on Friday? The weather is supposed to be OK-ish.

smillaraaq
Nov. 27th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
54 is far from OK-ish in my books, but at least the ground won't be frozen. ;)

And sounds like a plan! Unfortunately I left behind all my nifty bulb augers and other gardening tools barring the handful of little things I needed for houseplants. But I can bring my own trowel, at least!
chomiji
Nov. 27th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)

LOL! Hey, it's supposed to be sunny, and not raining, and more than 20° above freezing! You can't expect more than that at the end of November!

smillaraaq
Nov. 27th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
You can in the sub-tropics, darn it. As far as I'm concerned, this is supposed to be prime surfing season! ;)

(And I keep wanting to mentally subtitle your icon "atsui ne!" *chuckle*)
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