New Happenings at Terra Nova Gardens

| 9/24/2015 9:55:00 AM

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveSo I'm sitting at the picnic table at Terra Nova Gardens one day just soaking in the quiet and resting from building fence. Along comes a well-dressed man with a camera walking down the road taking photographs of my property as well as those that are to the north and south of mine. Curious about what was going on, I sauntered out and inquired if I could help him with something. He informed me he was contracted by the local power company to access the value of easement rights for the power company. It seems that they are replacing the poles and upgrading the power lines that run along the road in front of my garden property. The power company wants an easement right to use when they need it for equipment and tree trimming if needed.

When I inquired about how much would they want, he indicated it would be 34 feet from the road. I thought, oh no, that's half my garden area. I was comforted when later that day I received a phone call from someone who worked for the power company who said my garden was safe because the power lines spanned the garden and no work needed to be done there. The pole that they will be replacing on my property just happens to be where my parking area is and so 34 feet for equipment use is not a problem.

shows the power poles around Terra Nova Gardens

My garden fence is 6 feet high and as you can see it's dwarfed by the power pole. Last night I received a call from another guy who wanted to come and talk about how much the power company's offer for the easement rights would be. I really didn't know what to expect. When he arrived, we chatted about what the power company had in mind to do. The current pole is a 60-foot pole. They plan on digging a hole right next to that pole and erecting a 90-foot pole for not just the power lines that are already there but for more lines up higher. That's massive. The big shock was the offer. Those of you who have followed this blog over the years know that I bought this property from the city because it was in foreclosure. They offered me a sum of money that was more than 10 times what I paid for the property. Duh, that was a no brainer. I couldn't sign fast enough. Some of that will be invested back into the property for improvements.

Bindweed is the curse of Terra Nova Gardens. Now that the tall nettles have been cut down and the wild grape vines have been chopped out of the ground, life is good, right? Wrong again. I noticed this year that first some kind of tough strong-growing weed come up. After they were destroyed, the tough prairie grass came twice. The bindweed set in for the rest of the summer. It's a constant battle with different weeds at different times of the year. Bindweed and grass just never come to an end until the killing frost. In the photograph below you can see a cute little fella that's just a little sprout. It really kind of looks non-threatening and docile, don't you think? After all it's the wild cousin of the Morning Glory. Well, some think Morning Glory is a pretty flower, but I've pulled enough of that weed vine out of the cultivator shovels when cultivating corn that it's become a noxious weed in my book. Same as the bindweed.

bindweed sprout

10/5/2015 11:13:07 AM

Definitely a lot going on, sounds exciting! I will be interested to hear how the electric fence works...that is something I have been considering to help project the garden, and chickens.

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