Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Can anything define hope like a spring vegetable garden?

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.

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! We are so far away from planting here, what with winter just releasing it's grip a week ago (and snow still a few feet deep in spots).

    Normally I would plant first week in June, this year?????

    Hoping we get an extended fall to make up for the never ending winter.

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  2. Love your ideas! Thank you for letting me know about your blog!

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  3. It is the most hopeful time of the year, isn't it? Your garden spot looks wonderful!
    I set out tomato and pepper plants this week. Beans planted last week are beginning to come up. And most hopeful of all, my pole beans planted April 15 are putting out runners, reaching for the trellis!
    Happy Gardening!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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    1. Thanks, Lea! I hope your vegetable garden is bountiful this year.

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  4. My hope was dashed by vandals running a golf cart over my sugar snaps, and nutgrass as tall as my tomatoes.

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    1. Dude. That is terrible. Who would do something like that? And nutsedge is the spawn of satan.

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