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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Another Garden Update, Etc.

We spent a good portion of the day working on garden stuff. We went to Home Depot in the morning and got a bunch of stuff that we'd been needing.

Overview:


I finally added a trellis for the "Kentucky Wonder" pole beans. We also got chicken wire to line the garden, since Luna could still crawl in. Since we're going to be laying (NOT live) traps for chipmunks/rats/mice and ant bait, it is extremely imperative that the dog not be able to get in.


With leftover chicken wire, I made a border for the compost piles so we can let Luna back in no-man's-land with us. Previously, we'd have to hold her or leave her in our backyard, because the compost piles are like a buffet to her. A toxic buffet to her, because there are lots of onions in the piles.

I know the chicken wire is not totally animal-proof, but that's okay, because the main purpose of it is to keep Luna out of things; I don't really care if animals eat compost scraps. If they decide to get into the garden area, they will (hopefully) soon be weeded out of the gene pool before they can eat our vegetables.

Luna usually gets fish on Friday (Catholic dog?), but we were a day behind. I remember many times seeing fish bones like this in cartoons, but I never thought it actually had a basis in reality:



Usually she eats the whole thing, but I guess she wasn't in the mood today.

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  • Smockity Frocks

    Be careful with those traps! We had the same issue with our dogs getting into our compost pile and used chicken wire to keep them out of the garden, but they still managed to climb up until it began to lean over and then they could go over it. Since it is flimsy, we even put extra metal posts in the ground, but they still got over. One is a toy poodle, too. I know you would be devastated if Luna got into one of those traps.

  • JunkMale

    Connie,

    Thank you for the warning. Luckily for us, Luna usually never wants to get in the garden unless we are in there, being the people-loving dog that she is. Currently she is still afraid of the chicken wire, and hopefully it'll stay that way. If I give it a rattle every time she gets close to it, maybe it'll reinforce her fear ;)

    I admit that the chicken wire around the compost piles is not really a rock-solid solution to keeping Luna out. If she really wanted to, she could just push them out of the way, since they're not rooted down. Our thought is that she'll be okay because she is never back where the compost is, unless we are also back there. The idea is that we'll notice if she starts trying to get into the piles.

  • Ginny

    It looks really good. I will be planting seeds indoors, today. I am really late! We just got done building a brooder and I pick up the chicks tomorrow. Then we need to work on the coop and I need to get started tilling the garden. AAAAHHHH!!! It all hits at one time in the spring.

    And....I like it that way...

    ;-)