We did it again. This is year three of making a vegetable garden to feed the local deer. I jest. NOT! Although that is what has happened the past two years. Year one we had a large garden twice the size of this one. Year 2 we cut it back and made lawn of almost half of the plot. This year we grassed more of it and I made a flower bed/perennial garden out of part of it but left enough for 4 long rows to plant vegetables. We fought off a very tenacious weed the past two years and the deer came through and grazed on carrot tops, onion stalks, peas and beans and beet tops. They nibbled on squash and cucumbers too. So, this may be a losing battle again this year but we can't afford to build a raised-bed closed-in garden at this time due to other major projects in the works.
Fish line fencing and we used whatever we had on hand for posts.
This year we decided to put of fence, of sorts, around the garden. A friend down the road had problems with deer eating his geraniums last year and he put in a 'fence' of fishing line about a foot off the ground which worked to keep them out so we thought we'd try it. Murray found some old fishing line on his late father's reel and although it's not clear line we'll try it for now. If it doesn't work we'll buy some clear line. I know deer can jump pretty high and can easily clear this 2 line 'fence' and eat to their heart's content but at least we will have tried.
Yesterday we went to town for breakfast bright and early then to a local hardware store to order some patio stones for a new terrace at the bottom of the back deck and behind the garage. The old stones will be used to make a new base for a new fire pit in the backyard. The old one is too close to the garden and we'd like to build one of proper stacking stones rather than the old rocks we dug out of the ground here.
The afternoon was a mix of sun and cloud and 21C which was just right for planting the garden.
Late afternoon skies. I am loving those grey clouds.
More great grey clouds.
We have onions, carrots, green and yellow beans, beets, peas and butter crunch lettuce planted. The larger plants at the back are the perennials I transplanted and a few annuals for colour. They look rather beaten down after a few days of rain. Saturday was our only break as it has been raining hard off and on here again today.
Looking from our side yard and up the hill - our property ends at those tiny blue spruce trees - about 2/3 of an acre in total.
A longer view with the 'rock' garden in the foreground. I built the Inukshuk last year out of old bricks.
Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird on the guy wires - they stayed at a distance the whole time we were working in the garden. This morning they were around the backyard and the Mrs. enjoyed perching on one of the new fence posts. I'm really enjoying watching them, along with the Tree Swallows and Hummingbirds that are around.
Our contractor/carpenter is coming this week to put siding on the new shed as well as a small porch and steps, and new windows and man-doors in the garage. We're hoping to have this work nearly complete before June 25 because we have company coming for two weeks.
We are excited that our daughter, son-in-law and 3 little grandsons are coming home for a visit. We haven't seen them since last September as we didn't go out this winter as we usually do. The boys are pretty excited to visit Grammie and Grampie's house too. The two older ones were only almost 1 and 3 the last time they were here so don't remember much. Then, at the end of their visit, my sister is coming home for a visit for the month of July!! It will be a really busy time but I'm so looking forward to it. In August we'll have phase 2 of our 'construction' at our house which I'll tell you about later. It will be a crazy summer but I'm looking forward to it all.
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I know it's a busy time of year with gardening, travelling, company and all that summer brings for everyone so I really appreciate it when you stop by. Thank you!
Have a great week ahead. I'll be going on a day trip on Wednesday to Corn Hill Nursery with some girlfriends so hope to have some great pictures of that later in the week.
Take care and enjoy the week!