My hands and feet are raw and sore. I buried a water line across the paddock to the garden- no more bucketing and hand watering for me. Although I did enjoy that, it doesn’t work when I go away. It’s nice to do things that are going to stay there now, keep working, and save all kinds of time in the future.
And I fenced the damn thing. About an hour after I put the tomato plants in two days ago, I busted a deer strolling down in there, and even as I ran at him he stood there looking at me as he chewed, What? They’re so tame. I didn’t think deer ate tomato plants because they didn’t taste good or something, but they certainly do. He topped two of them but I think they will be fine. Just pruned, rudely after transplanting.
I draped everything green with floating row cover (so glad I had!) for the interim, and pushed hard on getting the fence done to keep the deerpredation down!
It’s pretty much the ugliest fence ever, and I hate creating unattractive things, but it should do the trick, and it can be improved. Also, it cost about $30. We did have an enormous amount of wire fencing leftover around here, so it was just putting some supports in. Not thrilled with the results, but again, should perform a function for now. I’ll be happy when it looks neat and cute. I was also inventing it as I went, so things aren’t usually ideal on first tries. What I know for sure is how much I hate wrestling with wire fence. Awful stuff! My hands ache so bad from battling with it.
As I was fencing around the high edge of the old pond, I was considering all the wasted space and realized I could terrace the edges and fill with dirt, eliminating the need to reclaim the really hard, rocky, dead and un-useful sides of the pond. There’s also two big flat shelves that I mulched heavily last year because I had extra hay, and now they’re looking like they have potential. That could be the next expansion- building retaining walls and then building dirt. Much more efficiency. Ooh, and I have all the wood I need already- wish I could start immediately!