Just a week ago, the farm looked like this:
To be honest, I found it almost too discouraging to even start working on it. It has been two years since I had a vegetable garden. In the meantime time the farm became a storage place for construction materials and garden paraphernalia. I missed my homegrown tomatoes, though, and so this past weekend I squared my shoulders and got to work. Habitat for Humanity got the siding, the old redwood decking has been stored, waiting to be re-purposed as a new compost bin, and the garden paraphernalia got put away in its proper place.
Then I tilled in five bags of composted chicken manure:
Planted peppers and tomatoes and installed a new drip irrigation system (to replace the old one that had been chewed up by squirrels):
Sprayed the irrigation lines with pepper spray and covered them with chicken wire to keep the squirrels at bay, and then covered all with leaf mulch to keep weeds down and moisture in:
Stuck the whirly-gig in to act as a scarecrow:
Installed the chickens:
Set up the anti-squirrel automatic water cannon:
And put the guard rabbit in place to oversee the whole thing.
Hope springs eternal, like, uh...Spring.