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    yup. as much as 2 feet on the first day of Summer. news article linked here.

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      Your garden looks fantastic, Lib! Congratulations. (I can't hear about gardening without wanting to do some propoganda for permaculture, a method of garden design that you and Mrs Lib might find interesting! There I have done it, I have propogandised!)

      Stay well in the heat!

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        25.06.2019
        • Morning Mobility
        • warm-up
        • Ice and Fire: Day 11
        • cold-shower-day 209
        • cool-down

        What a day - it is just too hot. The perfect time to star a cold-shower-challenge

        In the morning we did a lot in the garden - before the sun came ... it felt a bit like a push and pull workout


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        Then we walked a bit through the country-side - which was beautiful - but the worst error we did today - what a heat.

        The Darebee Workout was not very demanding - I liked it - short and sweet. The cold shower afterwards helped ... well, at least for the duration of the shower I think I will have another one again later on ...

        Wish you all a great Day.

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          Colin thanks for pointing your finger on permaculture. I read a lot of books but not specifically about permaculture but about biological gardening. I guess these books had permaculture in mind, because when I read about it on wikipedia it sounds a lot like what we decided to do in our garden:
          - we choppped the hedge that surrounded our garden and made mulch out of it. Instead of the hedge we planted on one side: goosebeeries, black currants, and something similiar to honeyberries (Lonicera kamtschatica). Inbetweeen we seeded calendula and milfoil. In the front (you can't see it on the foto) we many different flowers, most of them are perennial. Some grew wild on the plot, we saved them and put them into the flower bed (mostly cowslip primroses- really cute). On the right side we got more flowers and also 4 types of mint. Behind that thelibrarian grows two calabash pumpkins, that he wants to use for handicrafts. With the stones we found all over the plot we build a little stone hill, for little animals to hide or to have a sunbath in the morning (we have seen some salamanders lately only a few hundret meters away from our garden.). We planted some heat resistance plants (for stone gardens).

          We now use the thicker branches of the hedge to make a border for the berries and flower beds.

          In the midst is our veggie garden. We surrounded it with slug fence. We both do not want to go slug hunting in the morning and don't want to kill them...with the fence they stay out naturally. In the veggie garden we actually have 4 beds:
          1. potatoes, bush beans, beetroots (we used to have fava beans but the were eaten up by lice), flowers
          2. salads, radishes, autumn turnips, peas and sugar peas, fennel, kohlrabi, dragonhead (a tea plant)
          3. wild tomatoes, 3 types of physalis, tomatillo, bush beans, zucchini, little cucumbers
          4. corn, runner beans, hokkaido squash, Ute Indian squash, honeymelon

          Next year the beds will change (move) and we will add onions and garlic. This year it was too late to plant it.

          Behind the veggie bed is on the left side our herb garden with around 20 different plants, I think some did not like it there ... that's life.
          On the other side is our (brandnew) tomatoe bed. I tried to make some cutting from our tomatoes and it looks good, I think they will make it (I made cuttings from tomatoes last year on the balcony, too.). There is also a cutting from a fig we received from our family in Switzerland.
          Behind the herb garden we have some planting pots. We did not know what to do with them, so we planted some remaining seeds.
          Behind the stone hill is a raised bed. At the moment some viola share it with sweet woodruff and currant tomatoes.

          I really hope that thelibrarian likes the tomatoes as I can only rarely eat them. We got two more plants on the balcony On the balcony we grow thyme, 3 kinds of chili, red peppers and pepino.

          We do not use any chemicals but we do buy EM (effective microorganisms) that we use once a week for watering the plants (balcony and garden). We also make our own bokashi that we bury in the veggie garden.
          I think about making some nettle slurry in the future. Mulching the beds would be really good ,too, but we only have the mulch from the hedge and no lawn we could use. (We also have no electricity or water supply in the garden.)

          Do you make bokashi, too, or do you use another method to use your kitchen scraps?

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            26.06.2019
            • Morning Mobility
            • warm-up
            • Ice and Fire: Day 12
            • cold-shower-day 210
            • cool-down

            almost 40 degree ... oh boy ...

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              Hang in there for the heat, TheLibrarian , only a few more days to go... It is definitly not a nice one.

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                27.06.2019
                • Morning Mobility
                • warm-up
                • Ice and Fire: Day 13
                • cold-shower-day 211
                • cool-down

                winter will come ... no matter what ...

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                  Originally posted by TheLibrarian View Post
                  winter will come ... no matter what ...
                  Winter is coming, despite what the temperatures are at the moment. Winter might be 30 C in the future, but it will still be cooler than the summers.

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                    wjs as SirTerry once said: it´s all about "headology"

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                      28.06.2019
                      • Morning Mobility
                      • warm-up
                      • Ice and Fire: Day 14
                      • cold-shower-day 212
                      • cool-down

                      I released the KRAKEN

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                        Originally posted by TheLibrarian View Post
                        28.06.2019
                        • Morning Mobility
                        • warm-up
                        • Ice and Fire: Day 14
                        • cold-shower-day 212
                        • cool-down

                        I released the KRAKEN
                        .... would that be THIS Kraken?
                        cheers, martikkk

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                          martikkk

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                            29.06.2019
                            • Morning Mobility
                            • warm-up
                            • Ice and Fire: Day 15 + 16
                            • cold-shower-day 213
                            • cool-down

                            The IronThrone is mine ...

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                              Congratulations for winning the Iron Throne. I hope you can handle it

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                                Originally posted by Amirsh View Post
                                Congratulations for winning the Iron Throne. I hope you can handle it

                                Thanks - I think it will work out quite nicely in the end - "King TheLibrarian of the House of the Wizards, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm."
                                I am still looking for a Hand, though.

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