Category Archives: Deer fence

April 9, 2014

Installed!

Installed!

The east and south sides of the relocated deer fence are re-installed. I have a special place in my heart for a deer fence. What a relief it is to keep those destructive beasts OUT of the garden! It is a simple structure: seven foot metal fence posts sledgehammered into the ground and plastic deer fencing material zip-tied to each post.

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

We’ve been watching the tiny buds in the garden closely for deer-damage since the fence has been down for the past few weeks. Fortunately…

The tiny buds are all still intact!

The tiny buds are all still intact! (pictured is one of two plum trees in the garden)

While Smoochie and I attached the deer fencing material to the posts this afternoon…

Baby continued...

Baby continued…

to perfect her tree-stump-yoga-practice.

to perfect her tree-stump-yoga-practice.

And we all took breaks in our designated "Garden Living Room" (pictured beyond the new whistle-shaped plot).

And we all took breaks in our designated “Garden Living Room” (pictured beyond the new whistle-shaped plot).

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asparagus continues to shoot up!

asparagus continues to shoot up!

The Plot Thickens

Four days ago I began a series on How to Garden, for beginners, with How to Dig. This is sort of part two of the series. More like part 1.1. Until today I haven’t done a thing in the garden. See? Gardening is so easy: it involves many days of doing nothing at all! Today, we continued on with another (under an hour) digging session of the new garden plot.

Baby and the Spy helping to dig.

Baby and the Spy helping to dig.

He was burying a ball in different spots around the edge and she was digging it up. And throwing the ball out in to the garden for her to go…uh…fetch. She’s sort of like golden retriever number three!

The gray area are ashes from our fireplace

The gray area are ashes from our fireplace

We always dump the ashes from our fireplace into the garden. I think too much ash would be bad, but this pile will get mixed in to a pretty large plot. I figure it adds some sort of acid or alkali or minerals or something. I’ve never really spent any time figuring out the pH of our soil or learning about amending soil (yet anyways, not like I’m against learning such things). I’ve heard the saying of “fertile midwest soil” so I just assume it’s pretty good. Mostly what I know it that it is VERY clay. In the sun it will dry as hard as concrete. So what I DO add is a loam/compost mix (to the new plots) mostly for ease of working with it (i.e. planting). If you want a sneak preview of what adding the loam/compost mix will look like in Spy Garden 2014, click here to check out our dirt from last year.

View of the new plot facing west/northwest: where the sun will be setting when the garden is green!

View of the new plot facing west/northwest: where the sun will be setting when the garden is green!

View facing south/southwest

View facing south/southwest

You can see from the photo above that the fence may be able to stop deer, but certainly can not stop the garden. IT’S ALIVE!!! It’s breached the fence!

The fence will be moved about ten feet out to include this little hill.

The fence will be moved about ten feet out to include this little hill.

She has to check every strawberry plant.

She has to check every strawberry plant.

Where are the strawberries?

Where are the strawberries?

Today was the first day of winter that I was thinking about a little color myself (those are yellow strawberry plants after all). All of the photos I’ve taken lately have the same washed out sandy-grass color,

(aka Golden Retriever Gold)

(aka Golden Retriever Gold)

muted green,

gray, etc.

gray, etc.

I like the palette of winter but was longing for a little color!

So we made some collages

So we made some collages

Shapes cut out from half-finished paintings, scribbles on card-stock and forgotten sketch book doodles=collage perfection!

In progress

In progress

Collage by the Spy

Collage by the Spy

I did this one. Very synthetic cubism.

I did this one. Very synthetic cubism. haha

Baby appreciated the colored glue sticks

Baby appreciated the colored glue sticks

Since there are no yellow strawberries to enjoy, yet.

I Spy Shaw Nature Reserve

We visited Shaw Nature Reserve today.

Beautiful day

Beautiful day

An absolutely beautiful day!

Historic "Bascom" House

Historic “Bascom” House

Inside the house they had tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Plus lots of photographs, displays of historical artifacts (the Spy loved the arrow heads) and we got a bunch of nice pamphlets (on butterflies, hummingbirds, native Missouri landscaping and a tree ID guide) perfect for reading indoors on a much colder winter day (it was 55 today!)

Fuzzy buds

Fuzzy buds

Frozen leaves

Frozen leaves

Tiny frozen pond

Tiny frozen pond

About ponds in Missouri

About ponds in Missouri

I loved the look of these ferns

I loved the look of these ferns

Lovely bronze color

Lovely bronze color

Another view

Another view

So many different seed pods and spent blooms

So many different seed pods and spent blooms

Sea of grass

Sea of grass

Golden grass

Golden grass

Little silver dried flowers

Little silver dried flowers

I spy my sister

I spy my sister

Spy Sister?

Spy Sister?

Aunt Spy? She needs a Spy Garden name. haha

Aunt Spy? She needs a Spy Garden name. haha

Dreamy

Dreamy

Baby and Smoochie

Baby and Smoochie

The Spy

The Spy

Empty Pod

Empty Pod

Little Yellow Seed

Little Yellow Seed

Woods

Woods

Some type of nightshade? Gooseberries? Ground cherries?

Some type of nightshade? Gooseberries? Ground cherries?

Who's that?

Who’s that?

Always love a good deer fence! (since Spy Garden has its very own deer fence!)

Always love a good deer fence! (since Spy Garden has its very own deer fence)

Onward!

Onward!

A sod-house

A sod-house

Beautiful View

Beautiful View

Reminds me of a Rothko painting

Reminds me of a Rothko painting

Landscape

Landscape

Grassy Path

Grassy Path

Gray Grasses

Gray Grasses

A teepee!

A teepee!

Teepee Top

Teepee Top

Spy Garden Family Shot

Spy Garden Family Shot

Golden chevrons

Golden chevrons

Weeee! (Baby and me)

Weeee! (Baby and me)

Yellow and Blue

Yellow and Blue

We can't wait to go back!

We can’t wait to go back!

For more info on Shaw Nature Reserve click here. These pictures are nice but they don’t even do the place justice, it is gorgeous!