Some other garden scenes…
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I love the May garden. Everything is so lush and and green.
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“I HATE FENCES”…that said, I have to say that, so far, I love this deer fence we recently put up. It didn’t start out too well though. The conversation between my wife and I, that is. She says, “Pat, I’m tired of the deer eating everything that isn’t netted. And I’m tired of having to lift up the netting just to get a few leaves of kale or pick salad greens. And last year the deer even ate the leaves off the potato vines. They even ate some tomato stems.” That was true. We can’t net everything. We use the ‘honor system’ for the tomatoes and potatoes, deer are not supposed to eat them. They trimmed the new corn plants too. Yes, I was tired of all the deer damage too, but our efforts to find an acceptable fence line always ended in a huge disagreement. I says, “All right…if you can find a fence line…one that doesn’t go through the middle of the bamboo, doesn’t cut off the bee hives, and doesn’t slice through the main entrance to the garden, you can have it, but it’s going to take me a good month to set it up and I’m going to be upset the whole time because it won’t be straight. (I’m a printer, I like everything straight) Ten minutes later she marches in triumphantly, “I’ve got it,” she says, with a big smile. We walk it out, and yes, it’s there. I have to insist on my gates, though. I get seven of ’em. Gotta have my gates. 🙂 We decide in an effort to keep peace in the family and to get the job done in time for spring planting, it’ll be hired out. “Whew!!!”
So, there are my seven gates. The following video shows how to build a deer fence. You know I have to shoot video of everything that moves in the garden. When the fence boys came, I couldn’t help myself…out came the cameras. I just had to find out how the pros build a tight wire fence without bending the fence posts crooked. I’m proud to say I found out and documented it for others to possibly use.
I know this isn’t a lovely hackle like Johnathon Powell’s log hive ‘thatch roof’ covering. but the hive had to be fixed before attracting a swarm and this is swarm season. My wife suggested this stylish lid probably because she knew it would take me a long time to figure out a wooden solution. A ‘long time’ means Pat’s not contributing to the gardening effort.:)
The top of the hive has to vent the air through the quilt box without letting in any rainwater. How did the rainwater get in? See below.
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The hypericum above started off as a cutting. In December, I sliced off the stem and jammed it into the corner of this planter. It looks like it took…but what am I going to do with all this hypericum???
At about 12 minutes into the video, you can see that Sam Bond’s Brewing played a role by providing a gathering place for the kids fighting climate change.