Rain rain and more rain

| 4/14/2012 11:07:16 PM

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.

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.

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.

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.

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