A very quick catch up on the ph 10 compost fiasco:
Yesterday I received a phone call from the supplier, who sent an enthusiastic lad around who will dig out 50% of the compost from the beds, lay down some sulphur and then top up the beds with topsoil… at their expense. He’s pleased to be doing it, “I like to be active. I’m sick of driving trucks all day”… and I’m pleased that maybe I can grow things in the beds over summer.
The only thing is… I have to get all of the plants out before Thursday morning. He’s going to Port Douglas next week and this is a job that should be done sooner rather than later. So the Plant Ambulance will be brought out again.
Tonight after school I’ll be tutoring a year 10 kid for an hour, then I’ll jump in the car and race down to Coles. They have cheap potting mix. I’ll buy a couple of bags of it, then race home and begin transferring plants from their toxic soil to the interim soil.
Then I’ll go down to the bread shop to pick up what hasn’t sold, as I do every Tuesday, then come home, continue moving plants until I have to get ready for the Valedictory Dinner at the racecourse for the year 12s.
Tomorrow I’m going in to see the Tutankhamen exhibition with the year 7 History kids (a lurk and perk of teaching!), then as soon as we get back I’ll be in the garden, moving every last plant I can. I don’t know how many will survive.
I have 3 sorts of beans, 3 sorts of lettuce, mustard, stawberries, carrots, radish, parsnip, beetroot, capsicum, garlic, marigold, peas, zuchini and tomatoes planted in these beds. I’m hopeful that at least some of these will survive, but time will tell. I’ve resigned myself to resowing the root crops, while the capsiums are a lost cause. If I can get away with these as the only losses then I’ll be doing quite well.
Hopefully by the weekend the beds will be assembled again and I can continue on my merry way. Fingers crossed that it all goes well…