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Rain rain and more rain

A photo of Nebraska DaveJust a short post this time to update the progress at Terra Nova Gardens.  We are in a rain cycle here.  There was a torrential down pour this afternoon with the promise of more to come during the night time hours.  My main tank for gravity feed watering is full.  One rain put 300 gallons of water in the tank.  I suspect that the tank has a leak though because I lost about an inch a day without watering from the last rain.  We will see how much loss comes with a full tank.

My cousin gave me a water pump for a fountain so now that I have enough water in the tank, the pump can be set up and circulate the water to keep the algae down.  If I can plug the leak and keep the tank full the next step will be to catch some fish and put them in the tank.  Then the dangling bug zapper will provide some of the diet for the fish.

The progress at Terra Nova has halted for a spell with the rain.  It was a great week of work.Terra Nova Gardens April 

Here's what it looks like now.  The rustic fence is finished for this year and the critter proof area fence posts have been set in the ground.  They are spaced eight feet apart with a 2X4 treated top rail.  I found that landscaping timbers made for the perfect fence posts.  They are treated, they are eight foot long, and best of all they are only $2 compared to much more for a regular eight foot post.  The fabric for the fence is good old chicken wire.  It's 48 inches high but has quite a space under certain sections of the fence due to the uneven ground.  Thirty feet of fencing will be cut in two foot strips and used to cover these sections that need to be covered.  That should bring the fence even with the ground. 

Remember the tree that was cut earlier this year?  I've decided to set the split wood chunks in a shallow trench around the bottom of the fence with staples holding the fence to the wood chunks from the inside of the fence.  If that don't discourage the digging critters then I'll have to go to plan "B".  What is plan "B"?  Ah, I don't know yet.Chicken wire fence 

Here's a little better view of the chicken wire critter proof fence.  Steel posts between the wooden post give the fence a little more sturdiness.  The posts were donated to the garden by a neighbor across the street.  He also gave me the mother of all post drivers, that he had made, to pound them into the ground.  The top plate looked like it was cut from inch thick boiler plate steel.  The handles were steel rod about an inch and a half thick and the tube for the post to fit into was at least a half inch thick.  The whole thing probably weighed at least 40 to 50 pounds.  When the post was hammered with this driver it would sink into the ground about six to eight inches.  Never did I have to whack the post more than a couple times.  It was a real man handler.  It made short work of pounding in the posts that's for sure.  As you can see the day lilies are doing quite well. I've found that it's not as easy to transplant them as I thought. I see you smiling. Old Bobcat Larry gave me a hand and carved out a road so I can park my truck off the road. The weeds are starting to perk up and will probably really take off after all the weekend rain.

After the fence fabric was installed and I was resting admiring my work, the wild turkeys came over to the property and starting checking out the fence line.  I told them that this was my part of the garden and that outside the fence was their part of the garden and sweet corn would be planted in their part of the garden.  They weren't too sure what to think about that.  Old Tom was strutting his stuff with tail fanned out but the ladies just weren't interested. Neighbors have told me that hatching season is in May so there just may be a bunch of little gobblers running around soon.
Old Turkey Tom strutting his stuff

It's going to be back to work again this next week.  The weather is kicking up again this weekend.  I hope and pray that everyone avoided the bad stuff and only got the rain that brings gardens to life.

Have a great week in the garden.

nebraska dave
4/21/2012 11:21:34 PM

Mary, thanks for taking time to stop by and read about the antics of an old coot trying to make a silk purse garden out of a sow's ear. It's always good to read your comments. The weather is supposed to be sunny and in the 70s next week so I should be able to get a lot accomplished in the gardens. Hopefully one more week should get the fenced in garden area in good shape. Planting will be a joyous occasion this year. I keep waiting for that one last killer frost as well. I just know it come sooner or later. Have a great corn planting day.


mary carton
4/21/2012 3:34:53 AM

Dave we are supposed to have a cold spell after the rain we get this weekend. I replanted my corn last weekend. The only stand I had was under a tomato cage I had laid down to mark the end of the row. Think the hooligans had something to do with the rest of the row not growing? I haven't put out my tomato plants yet. I'm waiting for this record late frost date to pass first. Your garden is looking good.


nebraska dave
4/19/2012 4:21:40 AM

Phillip, thanks for reading my GRIT blog post and leaving a comment. This project has really blossomed into a great thing. I really want it to improve the neighborhood and it appears that it has started doing just that. Things are really coming down to the wire. It's about three weeks until planting time for this area. Hopefully the garden beds will be ready to plant. If not then Oh, well, it will be a late planting this year. Have a great day in the garden.


nebraska dave
4/19/2012 1:24:12 AM

Cindy, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I know this is your crazy busy season at the nursery. It's always special when I get a comment from you during this time of the year. Oh, my body hurts. I spent the day working at the garden with shovel in hand all day. The planning part on the GRIT planner was ever so much easier than the reality of digging the gardens. I have the first year garden about half done. The shoring up of the fences will have to wait for a spell. Time is ticking down to planting time and I need to get the garden beds completed. We had another shower this morning that just dampened the ground with the promise of more thunder boomers tonight and tomorrow. After the deluge we had Saturday, the rain has just come in light showers. We are right on average for the year. I am trying to send rain to other parts of the country without the nasty swirly wind stuff of course. Have a great day at the nursery.


phillip miller
4/18/2012 11:58:21 PM

Dave - quite the project you have going on there. I hope that I don't have to go to such lengths to keep the critters out of our garden. We at WKH will be watching your progress with great interest!


cindy murphy
4/18/2012 11:29:11 PM

Looking good, Dave - the fence AND the turkey. What a handsome fellow he is! I love the rustic fence especially. Hope the critter fence does the trick, and they don't get in through those gaps at the bottom. A friend of mine ended up burying his chicken wire nearly two feet underground because the rabbits kept digging underneath! Psst - we could use some of that rain too if you're passing it around!


nebraska dave
4/18/2012 2:38:54 AM

Hank, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope that your place survived the big circular wind storm of late. Terra Nova Gardens is coming along great. The weeds are going to need attention real soon as they are definitely getting aggressive especially after this last rain. We got a good three inches of rain and after a couple days the ground was dry enough to start digging the garden beds. I have been researching a well system called sand point for the spring area on the property. It's a system made for shallow wells not more than 25 feet deep. It's sounds perfect for my application. I would just put a hand pump on the well and pump the water out by hand. The soil is rich soil but definitely needs some compost to loosen it up a bit. I'm hoping to get three broken bales hay to mulch the gardens. These bales have been broken and laying beside the road for three years. They are the big huge bales so it would cover a good portion of the garden. It would really help with weed control. Have a great GRIT chief editor day.


nebraska dave
4/18/2012 2:19:29 AM

Joan, I see my disaster group that helps with electrical stuff has sent out the call for Wichita. I don't get out with them much since my youngest daughter and grandson moved in with me. Helping to raise a grandson has the priority. We in Eastern Nebraska have been very fortunate this year with dodging the bad weather. My area is even on track with normal rain fall. Hopefully, this weather will settle down and give our country a break for the gardening season. Have a safe weather day.


hankwill
4/17/2012 9:45:42 PM

This project is looking great, Dave. I love the community you have already developed with the folks living in that neighborhood. Can't wait to see what grows!


joan pritchard
4/17/2012 2:36:58 PM

Nebraska may be getting the rain, but Kansas just got the wind. Except that it is wind, wind, and well, circular wind. My big city took a beating this weekend.


nebraska dave
4/16/2012 9:52:48 PM

Janann, I'm anxious about getting back to work on the fence. I'd like to be ready to plant by the first part of May. We netted about 2 1/2 inches of rain just on Saturday. Then it rain again during the night so I expect all together it was about a three inch rain. It brings us up to the average rain fall for this month. If I could send some to Georgia, I certainly would. It seems that it's either one extreme or the other with these weather patterns. I hope and pray you get rain soon. Have the best day in the garden that you can.


janann giles
4/16/2012 8:51:56 PM

We'll take your rain here in Georgia. Looks like Terra Nova is moving right along. Good job