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Welcome to the party- I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! We had a nice few days with decent weather. Wanna know what we did? Camp? Picnic? BBQ with family and friends? Hang out?
Nah. We started work on the deer fence. Between the voles and the deer, all our house/yard budget money is going towards things that will keep them out of our food. Joy.
This is what we had when we bought the place (please ignore the weeds, although the flowering plant to the left is a purple sprouting broccoli I let go to seed when I saw tons of honeybees on the blooms). It consisted of a four foot wire fence used to keep the previous owner’s llamas in these two little pastures.
You can just see on the third post in from the right the taller PVC pipe that Brian installed a couple years ago. He ran a string from them at the 6 foot height and I tied strips of white sheeting to the string. And see that road there? Yeah, that’s where everyone drives by and looks at the garden.
A lovely sight, I gotta tell you.
Plus, the deer just jumped right over it. I know you are probably not surprised, but Brian wouldn’t believe it until I showed him the frayed string where their hooves hit it jumping over. And of course the carrot tops and pepper leaves eaten.
This is the outline of our new fence on Saturday morning. Our friend Dan brought over his tractor with a mighty auger to dig the post holes and helped Brian set and level the posts.
We are reusing a lot of the wood from the fence we took down when we built our garage, so we didn’t have to purchase all new wood…just enough to give you pause.
There will be two grape arbors, one going into the berry patch and one into the veggie garden. Hopefully at 8 feet tall, the deer will not be able to denude the vines before we harvest some grapes.
Meanwhile, the kids and I weeded and planted and cut down the seven shrubs that didn’t make it through our cold snap in December (one week of 11 degree weather…).
Next week I’ll show you the progress on the fence, which will hopefully be almost complete by then.
Hi, I'm glad you're here! I'm Jami and at AOC you'll find simple whole food recipes, easy DIY projects, organic gardening tips, plus what I call my "cottage mentality" which celebrates imperfections, embraces simplicity, and finds joy in everyday life.