Sunday, May 10, 2015

Installing a Fence on the Hottest Day so Far This Year

Yes, there is a little bit of whining behind that title.  We went from winter to summer, sort of skipping the whole nice spring weather thing for the most part.  And this warm weather woke up all the b lack flies. If you don't know what they are, google it. I'm sure they are part of the curse when Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden..  you know,, "you will now toil by the sweat of your brow, and black flies shall feast upon you whilst you labor".  Ok, well maybe that's not exactly the way it goes. But black flies are devilish little critters that make life miserable.

Anyway,  we needed to get the permanent garden fence installed, and today was the day to do it.  And it was hot. And the black flies were awful.  But Steve did a wonderful job getting the fence up.  We still have to put in a gate, but are using the electric netting gate for now.  We had planned on wooden corner posts, but there were so many rocks, we simply COULD NOT DIG HOLES.   So we just used the t-posts. The result is an almost invisible fence.  Hardly noticeable.  It will keep both the chickens and the dogs out.  While we were working, somehow one of the hens got in there, and started munching on the greens... you just can't turn your back for a moment...And Gibbs the dog would just pee on everything, so he has to stay out too.
Wild turkeys wandering across the pasture.  
The new fence.  Its nice to know the garden is safe from critters now.
The potatoes are planted.  Nobody around here has any straw for mulching, so I used leaves that I raked out from under the red maple. Thats about 150 feet of potatoes.  I wonder if it is enough.  
We also got the big door off the old shed, in preparation for it being torn down soon. Can you see how much that center post in front has kicked out? 
I hope they are eating all the ticks out there. Thats their job, after all.  

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