A soggy but successful Sunday

Extremely yucky morning. Rainy and windy. Generally nasty. Especially if the plan is to watch your daughter play soccer. But I can’t complain about the rain because we need it and have to take it when it comes these days. So here I am. Sitting in the car waiting for soccer to begin and catching up with Garden Booyah.

I finally got my cactus replanted and it appears to have been successful. It wasn’t even as difficult as I thought it would be. At more than 4 1/2 feet tall and spindly, I was afraid that it would snap in half when pulled out of its pot and lifted into the bigger one. But with the help of husband Randy and daughter Cassie, it was a piece of cake.

Once I loosened the dirt around it, Cassie and Randy used rags to keep the cactus from swaying helping lift it while I guided it into a half-full pot of cactus potting soil. I was amazed by how strong the stems were as we moved it – not once did they seem in danger of breaking. Once in the new pot, it took a bit of repositioning to get it in the center and straight at the same time. Randy found a piece of PVC pipe that I pushed into the pot, and we tied a string around it and the cactus near the top to hold it in place and prevent swaying. Overall, I don’t think it took more than 45 minutes for the whole project. Including setup and cleanup time.

I decided to keep the cactus in the same spot in front of a window in our living room. My biggest concern is that it’s a window our beagle Chloe looks out quite a bit, but so far her tail has caught it only a few times and the PVC and string seems to be doing their job.

I’m on vacation this coming week, and hope to get some garden work done if the rain stops and it dries out enough. I’d like to divide some of the salvia, and remove the tomato cages and pull out some of the dried-up plants and weeds. Maybe I can even find time to clean out the garden shack, which I didn’t do in the spring and is in serious need of some straightening. The flower garden also could use a bit of work as well. And I forgot, I also bought some bulbs that need planting soon. Think I’ve got plenty to keep me busy.

(By the way, soccer started a half-hour early, interrupting this writing. It was great though. Cassie’s soccer team kicked some serious butt. The girls were soaked through and extremely cold, but they won 5-0.)


One response to this post.

  1. I can’t believe you planned on gardening during your vacation!! Gardening is “work” for me. I see from your other post that you got quite a bit done. Good booyah.

    Scott was off this week. We READ. Like, books, not blogs or emails. And rode bikes. And went to the museum (with no kids!!!). It was my version of heaven.

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