We've had a busy, busy gardening week here in northeast Madison County. Our crop of wild daisies has been just as busy; they cover the the entire pasture and have made inroads into the garden area.
But they're such happy little plants, who cares?
More about the garden, fruit trees, and new “Deer Exclusion Device” after the jump.
How is everyone else? Corn high as an elephant's eye yet? Juicy red tomatoes tempting the birds to have a sample?
Our corn is finally up! In a few days, it will be high enough to interplant our heirloom field peas. We're growing “blue goose,” a very old and rare heirloom variety. They're incredibly good and we have very little seed. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Several months ago, we had a couple of onions get out of control in the cupboard and DaddyCat put them in the ground instead of tossing them into the compost. They now look like plants from a Star Trek movie.
The fruit trees are coming along great, and, although we need some rain pretty soon, I shudder to think of the damage from a windstorm. The plums are BIG and weighing down the slim branches of the plum trees.
Several years ago, the crop was a week or so away from being ready to pick, a huge storm blew threw, and we had ONE, just ONE plum left on the entire tree!
The apples are getting bigger too. But those won't be ready until late summer.
It's all great, but we fight a continuous battle with wild, ravenous, saber-toothed DEER every year. They view our garden as a free salad bar. And a particularly toothsome one at that.
DaddyCat and I have spent $1000 on fencing and the entire last week putting up our new “Deer Exclusion Device” – also known as an 8-foot fence around the entire garden.
It's no small undertaking: the garden area is 180 feet by 140 feet. We're about 2/3's finished and headed out to keep working as soon as I hit “post!” Here's one section….