We Had One of THOSE Fights In The Garden Today [Plus I Got Bit On the You-Wouldnt Guess Where By a Giant Bullant ๐Ÿœ)

in HiveGarden โ€ข 2 months ago

You know the ones. You start by discussing something, and then with frustration, you might start to raise your voice, or even cry.

I think I threw a tantrum. But I really did get upset. I'd been thinking for weeks about how to stop rabbits bloody digging everywhere and we'd been putting chicken wire under the mulch up against the main veggie patch. But then they started nibbling at the raspberries in the back veggie patches, of which there are three (patches, not raspberries). Would it ever end? So I was trying to explain to Jamie that I wanted a small fence that embraced two of the patches, and a gate, the iron one I'd picked up for cheap from marketplace that I thought was cute.

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But he thought it was too intrusive in our lovely sitting place by the plum tree, and he wanted to rip up the raspberry patch and put natives there, and I was trying to explain there was no where else to put the raspberries, and my food forest type garden started here, at the edge of the raspberry patch - but he wasn't listening, and I started yelling and CRYING like a two year old. Finally, he heard at last that the fence was only going to be two feet high, therefore not intrusive at all - aaaaah - oh dear.

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The result? I won. I only say this because he grumpily said at one point 'I suppose I'm not going to win this one'. But I couldn't see how I wasn't right, and I WAS, as he conceded in the end. Because it does work, and I get to keep my raspberries, plus, have another patch for vegetables that the rabbits won't get into. Bloody El Nina - too much food for rabbits, and the usual viruses aren't taking hold as they usually do. We are very close to buying a bow and arrow.

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We also had an argument about whether this was an Easter egger or something else. It was sold as one - I thought they were a mixed breed bred for the colour of their eggs, and she and her sister were sold to me as such. Whatever. I don't care really - I have blue eggs!

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We DIDN'T argue about the crab apple blossom. We both agree it's splendid.

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We also didn't argue about the iron gates I bought, much. This one is being used to grow small beans. Can you see the chicken wire? I've been cutting small strips and tunnels that cover the small seedlings that stop the blackbirds ripping them up. I planted a whole row of peas only for that to happen. So I've had to get nifty. It's the next best thing to covering the whole garden in netting, which I don't really want to do.

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We didn't argue about lemons either. There were silly amount of lemons and limes this year, and with the Spring winds, there was soooo much windfall.

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Plus, I had to put chicken wire along behind them to stop - yep, the rabbits. I put a heap of straw mulch down to cover it and prepare for the hot weather. The chooks will enjoy a scratch in that! I gave away a ton of lemons to a woman who will turn them into lemon butter and drop me off a jar or two. She was thrilled....

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Oh,and prude warning alert. Don't keep reading if you are easily offended. Remember I'm Australian so have no decorum. Plus it's just a body part so please don't get get up about it. Basically my hippie pants that I use for gardening have a big hole in the crutch. I was squatting cutting chicken wire and got bitten on THOSE bits by a bullant. Yep. Would have been funny if it didn't hurt so much. Actually it was still funny. But I'm throwing those trousers out. I've never removed trousers so freaking fast. Lucky it wasn't hanging on. For some reason I reckon Aish @trucklife-family might get a giggle out of this one.

Despite all this chaos, things are showing promise. I've been planting tomatoes this week which is exciting. I have put tree guards around them as sometimes there's an unexpected late frost, though I do think it's over. This week's rain is a boon for anything I plant! Won't be long before everything's in the ground - cucumbers, zucchini etc.

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The broad bean pods are beginning to form - yay! Lots of silverbeet. The rabbits got into the veggie patch and ate my swedes which upset me - I have four left. It'll kinda be good when Jamie goes back to work as I'll have more time to plant stuff. Seems I'm always being called away to do something when I am in the middle of something garden related.

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I got a lovely lavender, but some critter ate the top of it. Grrr.

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I've been cutting neat cages for natives to keep them rabbit proof until they grow big enough to not be eaten to death. I don't mind them so much, because they ARE neat. But that's why I'm confused about what ate the top of my lavender, because there IS a cage around it. What the?

It's going to be a great year for vegetables this year I hope. I do think the blackbirds have done a good job in debugging my vegetable patch as there doesn't seem to be anything eating the young seedlings this year, though I have put a heap of eggshells and dichotomeous earth around them just in case.

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I have been removing all the blackbird nests I can find. They chase away the native birds too which drives me wild. 21 eggs in 7 nests. That's a lot of blackbirds. I do love and respect all life but sometimes the balance must be addressed for the sake of OTHER life in my garden!

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I dont know how anyone does real jobs for a living. How does anyone have the time? Still, this marking job has also been time consuming, it'll be over in a week and I'll be able to be more active on HIVE too - that's been a struggle over the last few weeks! By the time I post this for Octobers #gardenjournal challenge marking will be over, phew! Hope you can join in - the challenge is pinned in the Hive Garden community.

With Love,

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What a lovely garden you two have, my gosh it's truly amazing! That must be such a nice place to sit down and think of nothing after you've taken care of all the plants there..

Sometimes a tantrum is needed to make a non-listening man listen, I know. Haha. I hate when it comes to that point but it has happened here too, lol. Glad he saw the need for it in the end!

I'm very sorry but I had to laugh reading the ant and pants story :) I shall call it your "AntPants" even though you threw it out :) I hope the pain won't last long though, must be horrible :(

I've never seen blue eggs lol, do they taste like regular eggs?

Thanks for sharing, it was a lovely read! Hopefully , you're well! I have been lacking at keeping up with many things lately due to the emigration because of the "manana culture" and things just not getting fixed as soon as I hoped.. Kid is now in school since 2 weeks so finally I can find my routine back, it's about time!

Have a good week ahead!

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Yep, sometimes you gotta tantrum!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ haha you know, I threw those ant pants out, they are too ripped to be repaired!!!

Blue eggs are the same as ordinary ones. My bro in law wouldn't eat them as he thought they were wierd?!! But there's so many different coloured eggs in the world...

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Thanks!

Wait ๐Ÿค” is your husband being discussed as one of your garden pests? ๐Ÿคฃ as for the bullant pests all you need to keep those out is proper pants or knickers lol We have resorted to putting up lots of chickwire enclosures for anything we don't want the rabbits to eat. Unfortunately we are sometimes too late. Spend too much time trying to decide if the rabbits are eating this or that and by then its all eaten up one morning ๐Ÿ™ Love the picture of the rock lined path past the lemon trees ๐Ÿ˜

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I'm lucky to wear clothes in the garden let alone knickers ๐Ÿคช Ha that's not true .. it's cold here and no one needs to see that ๐Ÿ˜‚ Ha, he was a pest until he did what he was told!!!

You know, those volcanic rocks are everywhere round here. They did used to make drystone walls from them for live stock back in the day. The farmers dig them up from fields.. from very small massive.

But they're not on trend ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ .. everyone wants to get rid of them!!! But I love them. For years we have been picking them up from people's gardens. I need more but Jamie's labour has to be begged for these days. Current beg is a trailer of mulch from reserve 200 metres away but as it's not on HIS priority list, I have to keep begging...

lots of lemons. When I see a lemon like that, my saliva seems to come out on its own.

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I take it you like lemons? ๐Ÿ‹

I LOVE this tour of the garden!
I wish I was in an area where I could grow more fruit. Or, at least, some citrus.
Sadly, we cannot.

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Thanks so much!! Nice to see you drop by. Lemons are a boon, that's for sure... They are definitely one thing every one can grow here and the birds don't steal them!!

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I had to google bull ants ofc. What a set of jaws: Ouchie!!
I have visions of someone getting a shotgun and sitting on your porch and finishing off the rabbits hehehe

ย 2 months agoย ย 

I need a shotgun for bullants too .mm they are massssive.

Lol yes... But we rent allowed guns here without a licence and can't shoot on our property anyway!!!!!!! So trapping in a cage and drowning, bow and arrow is only way to go. Can't do snares as you could catch other native animals. If my neighbours joined in the effort we might get somewhere. It's insane, an utter plague.

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Wow! Wow! Wow! What can I say? It was beautiful! ^_^ Lovely!
Every time I come home from the office, I take care of my garden. Better to water at night than in the morning. Speaking of rabbit, well... Hahaha.

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Hahah i bet you don't get rabbits there!

I have a pet Rabbit! hahaha...

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ย 2 months agoย ย 

yowsa... bull ants... little buggers

We don't get rabbits here thankfully. But we are mid plague of very Deadly very aggressive BROWN BLOODY SNAKES. the new development in the BUSH LAND (GRRRRRR) behind us is booting all the nasty wee snakes out of their houses and into OUR houses... lol

on the upside we have a influx of nice wee Kookaburras that hopefully might eat the snakes..?? well the baby ones.

I do love your garden, so peaceful

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ย 2 months agoย ย 

Aw, hello kookie!!! HOnestly, I'd rather snakes than rabbits!

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hmmmmm but not brown snakes.... deadly little bastards...

You guys sound like a happily married couple. Start to question the relationship when no one gives a dam and shit just doesn't matter. The nice thing around here is that no one is around when we raise our voices, which happens now and again. ๐Ÿ˜

It's not funny, but it is, we guys need time for things to sink in for a while, and then most often we're very agreeable. You know it's not good for our ego when you gals are right so often!!!!!!

You've got some critter problems for sure, Bow and arrow would work great, nice and quiet, no one would ever know you're a varmint killer.

Despite all of the pests, including your loving hubby, the garden looks wonderful.
Giving some of your abundant crop of lemons to the neighbor sounds like a fair trade, never had it, but lemon butter sounds appetizing.

Torn clothing seems to be the rage these days, but torn in the crotch, not so much.
Those ants or whatever they are looking nasty.

Last year Robin had a few bees fly up the leg of her pants. She felt something funny and after the first sting her pants came off like Brad Pitt was standing there bare naked. I was wondering what the heck was going on, at first I thought it was an invitation.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

You're the real deal, and that's very COOL!

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The nice thing around here is that no one is around when we raise our voices, which happens now and again.

Us too, thank god. We don't raise our voices often, you learn that it's not sustainable in a marriage, right?!

You know it's not good for our ego when you gals are right so often

HHHahahah you know, my Mum always used to laugh about how the men would be doing something and she'd offer a gentle solution, wait, and then lo and behond, about half an hour later they'd come up with that idea and pass it off as their own. She'd roll her eyes and get on with it. At least her idea was utilised in the end, though for some reason the men thought they came up with it hahah. Actually, Jamie said the other day 'you've come up with some really good ideas lately' and I had to roll my eyes like Mum. 'Darling, I always come up with the good ideas', to which he said 'yep, you're right.'. He often calls me into the shed to help me solve problems ahaha. But I AM like my Mum - really good at problem solving. Like, really good at it! I pride myself on it, can you tell?

I was wondering what the heck was going on, at first I thought it was an invitation.

Hahah live and dream!

You know, the perfect couple DOES fight every now and then, but they know how to laugh too, and appreciate each other, and support each other. You guys seem that sort of couple too. And the fact you share gardening together is special too. My neighbours, well, she's awesome and gets in there and digs and weeds and orders gravel etc etc and he just watches telly and runs. It's hilarious. He wouldn't know a spade from a fork. I can't imagine not doing gardening with my hubs, even if he does get a little argumentative sometimes... :P

Problem-solving is a skill and thinking out of the box is a good way to look at a problem. Patience is key to coming up with an alternative method.

Laughter, nothing like it, and so good for your general well-being.
We share many of the mundane chores as well, dishes, laundry, and cleaning the house, but the cooking is left to Robin, and she loves doing it and I love eating. What a great combo!

ย 2 months agoย ย 

I got bitten by something while gardening recently and whatever it was has left me with hard lumps and even a blister on my leg. It wasn't even in an amusing enough place to laugh about, either. ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ No bull ants in my garden, thankfully.

ย 2 months agoย ย 

Very first thing, after removing sod, when making a new garden, is a VERY good fence. Fortunately, there's plenty in the pastures and what remains of the woods so, knock wood, the birds have not been an issue. Glad you seem to be winning most critter skirmishes.

Bull ants, ouch. I have been bitten a few times in the garden, stung as well. I can just about see you ripping those pants off. That bit did make me giggle a little.
Your garden looks great and well done on the fencing for the rabbits, I don't have to worry about them where I am, instead I have had horses get into mine and they destroyed quite a few plants. Wild boar are the big problem round these parts, but there are quite a few dogs where I am, so they stay away xxxx

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OH my god I was laughing at myself. I tell you what you haven't lived til you've been bitten on the labia, and not by something you'd want to be bitten by bahahahahahahah. AT least it let go!!!!!!!

Wild boar would be so destructive. THe neighbours pig got out once when I lived in Dorset and ate all my beetroot. I was so livid, I was looking forward to fresh beetroot which at the time no one in England seemed to eat and I couldn't get it in the shops. They were doing so well. She felt so bad she gave me 50 quid lol.