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Post  Yardslave 1/21/2024, 8:09 pm

Hi all, 
   I've sat out 2 gardening seasons just to give myself a break from the $500 water bills during this summer/fall. My Kale has been faithfully producing, and with the rains, onions have volunteered out of nowhere. I suppose after 10+ generations they are not going to go down without a fight. Right when I decided to get things going again, I pulled my seeds collection out of cold storage, found a bag of peat, and went to my worm bin to harvest some worm compost. Big surprise; the bin had been raided by something with a big appetite- something rooted all the worms and had eaten everything that could sustain the worms- big setback for me, considering how long it takes to establish another batch of worms. They chewed holes all over the bin, so I am going to put another one together on a smaller scale that is more portable so I can move it around before the varmints can raid my bins again. 
   I asked myself what could be worse, but didn't know the answer came so fast. A few days ago, the drains backed up and the plumbers found that my leach field draining the septic tank has failed-it needs to be re-done. Problem is, the new field has to go right where my SFG beds are located. I have nightmares of backhoes decimating 15 years of work. The drain field has to go in right below the beds. I don't know how much salvaging I can do to get back to gardening, but "it-is-what-it-is". Maybe I'll have to hold back the Spring planting until this problem goes away. In the meantime, the rains I prayed for are here, but the problem is the plumbing problem can't be resolved until the storms clear up and the digging can begin.I'm just glad that I don't have to sacrifice a season's harvest, because nothing has been planted in the beds yet. I am trying to be optimistic about my CRAPPY situation, but I'm just bummed beyond belief.
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Post  OhioGardener 1/22/2024, 7:11 am

Yardslave, I split this out into its own thread where replies will be focused on it instead of unrelated subjects.

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Post  sanderson 1/23/2024, 3:25 am

Yardslave,  It's good to catch up with you.  I am so sorry you lost your worm farm.  Have you figured out who the varmint is?  Just thinking - can you enclose the containers in a hardware cloth cage?  Sort of like bear-proofing garbage cans.  Maybe even the cages can be portable.

The leach field is a whole other deal.  Of course it has to go through the garden.  Of course it does. Sad

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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/23/2024, 9:15 pm

Hi, Yardslave!  I am sorry to hear of all your struggles but secretly glad you are back here so we can wallow in your situation.  You have had a terrible hand to play.  Glad though that you are here…
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