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Starting to fix the fence. Last year the fence was not tight enough, that is how the bunnies got in to the garden, it was a disaster, destroyed the Beet crop.

Big plans this year, I have got a bolt cutter and I am cutting up the broken cone shaped tomato support cages and using them it is raw material to make fence stakes to reinforce the fence.  Previous years I just used the sticks from the bushes to strengthen the fence line but sticks wind up rotting in about a year.

The Tools of Fence Mending. Also support cages to be cut up into fence stakes.
The Tools of Fence Mending. Also suport cages to be cut up into fence stakes.

Update: The thought was that it will only take a few hours has proved wrong, maybe as much as six hours.
 


 

the Artisanal Triple Hooked Fence Stake
the Artisanal Triple Hooked Fence Stake

Update(2): Yes, took 3.5 hours more of bending, scrunching, kneeling and sitting on the ground to work on the foot of the fence. Also cut up several more support cages, all had broken bits but one. The cutting up the cages is just a few snips for the bolt cutters. I then bent the cut T or Cross shaped scraps with pliers into two or three hooks spread about for the resulting fence stakes. This Hand Crafted, Artisanal Tiple Hooked Fence Stake™ works well with chicken wire fencing.

The actual mending of the fence is the replacing the sticks with the 3 hooked stake twice between each fence post. Now, the foot of the fence can't just be "nosed" under by an Evil Bunny.

I would like to think I have gone all Roman with the fence, but, Bunnies. ...continue reading

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Just bought a Nuclear Powered Tiller, the Earthwise TC70001 11-Inch 8-1/2 Amp Electric Tiller/Cultivator. The Limerick Nuclear Plant, about 25 miles from the garden, motivates electrons thru wires connecting to the Tiller. No gasoline, no internal combustion, no CO2. It is the 21st Century after all. ...continue reading

Cauli soon, peas, cuccs, zuccs, cherry tomatoes now.  Fennel is fine, sprouted early, will thin soon. The bs toms, beans, edamame (aka soybean) and watermelons are doing fine.

I haven't found the easy way to get the pics from the phone to the page, but here is an updated TopseyTurvey with cherry tomatoes.

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Topsey Turvey with Cherry Tomatos

Looking toward the deck:

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Looking from a far corner toward the deck

Looking from the side:

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From the Fig tree toward the deck

Ok, here are some Garden pics.  They were taken w/ a Samsung Galaxy 4s and reduced  jpegs to email.

The first are the new this year garden paths.  Previously the paths were salvaged skids, free, but issues.  Now pavers.  This first one is reduced 90%.

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The new paved Garden Paths

This year we have a TopseyTurvey hanging over the deck railing with gold cherry tomatos.

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Topsey Turvey with Pomo d'Oro Cherry Tomatos

Fran's Victory Garden is getting a GreenHouse this Spring, here are the steps along the way.

As much as I might want the Lexus of greenhouses, I really don't know what I am doing.  So, my style is to find a product line the reviewers are happy with and get the next to the bottom of the product line.  If the product isn't for me, I have cut my losses, otherwise I have a good but minimal product.


My search has lead me to the Gardman Greenhouse line of products.  My choice is the Gardman R700 5-Shelf Steel Frame Greenhouse . I will be buying this from this link in days.

I haven't decided where it will be located, but I'll be back to you shortly with my experience.