Wednesday, May 7, 2008

OK - I'm embarrased!

It has been waaayyyy to long since I have posted and y'all are probably giving up on me, right?
Well, here goes - the "catch up" - I'll spread it over a couple of days so you have something to read, OK?
This is what we have been working on the past few weeks - a fence. Mostly for the garden area in back, but we decided to bring it up front, too, so we can have some real flowers in front. Pretty much the only ones the deer won't touch are daffodils, poppies, and iris. God made many more flowers than that and we would like to see some of them - hence, the fence.
Here is Dean preparing to install the gate in back. Abby doesn't get it yet that she won't be able to come and go as she pleases any longer.....
And this is why the fence is going in. These cute little (?) hoof prints are all over around the garden area. As a matter of fact - they're all over the yard. I don't mind the little dears (deers....) munching on the weeds, or the lawn. But they can't have my veggies!
Of course, the bad part about the fence is that we won't be able to see this any longer - right outside the window in the front yard. Note the wire cages around the plants - they can go away now.Here is the first veggie plot to be planted - with cold loving crops like spinach, lettuce, and peas. We're using the "lasagna" style gardening method which we used with much success in Vancouver. Compost rototilled into the local soil (er, sand) then a layer of good soil (NOT from our property....) topped with several layers of newspaper, then followed with bark chips to hold it all down. I then planted the seeds in a trench through the newspapers and watered. Note the fancy temporary setup for watering with the soaker hose. The newspaper eventually decomposes and will be tilled into the soil for next years garden. Works quite well for holding the weeds down and keeping the moisture in. Little sprouts are already coming up, so glad we got the yard deer-proofed.

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