Ah yes, spring in Colorado. Almost June first and you can go golfing and skiing in the same day. I have only been golfing once. I did enjoy it, but just don’t have that kind of time. I have been skiing also, but found it was a great way to break a limb- and I want to keep what I have – thank you. So, it’s on with the planting.
Our poor plants can’t decide if they should bloom or hide. We did get a chance to get our corn, root veggies and peas in, but still, have not been able to transplant our pepper and tomato starts. This year that may be a good thing. Normal high today is supposed to be 76°F, and today we are only getting to about 55°F.
We had been concentrating on clean up and repairs, but now we must get the rest of our seeds and transplants in or there will not be enough for harvesting this fall.
Stupid dogs have been our main project. Every time they get out of the front yard, they kill something we want to keep – chickens, cats, birds. Heaven forbid they actually go after the pests that attack our gardens – prairie dogs, monster gophers from hell, and rabbits (yes I love bunnies but not when they choose my garden over the fields around us.).
We constructed a new pen just for them and thought we had a tall enough fence around it. Apparently, our Boxer is a fricken athlete. If he gets a running start at it, he will make it over – shit head! The other dog must have been a gopher in a previous life because she can build a tunnel under anything in under thirty minutes – dumb ass! (FYI – new names for the two are Shit Head and Dumb Ass.)
My sister and grandson tried to surprise me by using 2” PVC tubes (stolen from the greenhouse rows) and some orange plastic horse fencing (bought that years ago as an instant trellis for vine veggies) and ran it around the top of the pen. They had it curving it which was a great idea-sort of.
Between the wind and our athlete dog, it only took about two days to have it all torn down. So sad they worked so hard on it for me. I originally had a different idea that I now began to put in place.
My sister had gotten a bunch of free black weed barrier type material from work (they usually throw it out – NOT if you have recycling fanatics around like us!) which was a bonus for the new pen. I cut 2”x4” boards up to create an inward incline around the top. I also ran the black cloth around the fence on the areas that faced the barns and tacked it down with the new 2”x4” boards. Then I ran wire fencing on the top of the boards all around the top. When I was done my sister took one look at it and said: “It looks like a prison.” We both bust out laughing because it has come to this with our dogs – jerks!
(Prison, Prison, dog pen – jerks!)
It’s not done yet, but Shit Head is already tearing the vinyl off the gate – one of the few parts we left a view for them – grr. Guess I will have to cover that one too.
Once I am SURE the monsters cannot get out and get into anything I will finally get back to my planting (no skiing or golf for this garden gal).
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