Everything was going so well in both gardens.
The potato tower is over the top, literally. I have to add boards
and start filling with straw or a combination of straw/dirt.
These are boards my husband made out of our cedar tree. Now, they are not
so straight because, unless dried, they will twist. I'm making a potato tower, not furniture
so I don't really mind that it isn't perfect.
You can see how tall it may get.
The spinach and chard are doing well. The spinach may seem sparse, we've been
eating it up along with the neighboring romaine and butter crunch.
The tomatoes are doing great, EXCEPT, we have a digger!
Something has dug down around the logs that make the raised beds.
It's dug around plants, making one of my green peppers fall off!
It's pushed plants around, not wanting the plant itself.
This is the little kitchen side salad garden. It got the big garden too.
The raccoon and opossum have never dug like this. I am wondering,
just wondering if it could be an armadillo. We see more and
more of these along side the road. They must be coming up from Arkansas.
I checked on the internet and it says they love worms. Boy, have we got worms!
They hate hot peppers. Guess what might be sprinkled up at the garden soon?
They also are deterred by human urine. I guess I can recruit some guys to help out there,
I think I'll pass. LOL
It hasn't bothered the grapes yet, neither have we seen the Japanese beetles.
The big garden.
Raised beds made from felled trees.
I planted herbs in the top section. This may change but for now, here they are.
It's amazing soil but it didn't start out that way. Rocks, all rocks.
We layered it with manure, straw, leaves, a load of dirt and whatever else we could
throw on it. Now, rather than rocks and shovels, you can gently push the
dirt aside to plant.
The digger got to this one, you can see the dirt humped up.
Tomatoes, peppers, marigolds and tomatillo.
The digger was here too.
The section to the right, just one level down from the upper bed is
a very loose soil area. I have onions and garlic there.
See here, it was digging under the trees to find the grubs, worms and/or lizzards.
Can you see the wire going across the bed, just above the cat?
That's fishing line.
We discovered the deer can't see it. Neither can I.
That's why I have an orange ribbon on it- to remind me to duck!
When the deer walk up to it, it's as if something pokes them about chest level,
chest level to a deer, you have to remember the height.
They get spooked and leave.
I'll also hang pie tins from jute so they blow in the breeze.
Tom and Taylor plan a scarecrow too. I'm a little worried about that,
I've seen those movies.
This bed has more tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, more tomatillo, squash and
nasturtium. Beans grew up the tepee last year, flowers this year.
We have zucchini squash, yellow squash, acorn and spaghetti squash growing here.
We have pickling cukes plus straight eights.
The digger has been all around this bed, but didn't disturb anything inside.
The cattle fencing has proved perfect for us. Easy to tie up tomatoes or
let the vines grow.
The beans are coming up pretty well.
This is the spare bed, guard cat on duty.
We'll begin to amend that this year. We've grown some no fail pumpkins and
zucchini in it before, but nothing intentional, all volunteers.
The compost piles. It's difficult to see but the little pile in front is hiding the truckloads
behind it. Truckloads. This is what the tree trimmers brought us, free.
We have pathways that will accommodate the tractor so we can keep the grass down.
The bed in the rear is for pumpkins (to the left) and things that need more shade (to the right).
I haven't finished cleaning it yet. Well, I did once but there are some very fast growing weeds.
We ran a pvc pipe under our gravel drive and then across the side yard. Then we installed a hose bib
so we'd have water from our well. It is so much easier than carting the water over here and trying to water
everything well enough.
It may not look like much now but once we catch The Digger, we'll have some pretty nice veges in our future.
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