Before we moved onto the property, lovey kept this place as his sanctuary (where he would come to get right with the world) and as a deer lease. The years and years he attracted deer to the property do not bode very well with a garden. It's amazing how quickly deer will decimate the bounty growing out of the ground!
This spring, we're working on the deer fence, and the garden. We're installing an 8 foot deer fence using 8" treated posts. (A little overkill- but at least we'll know they'll stay!) And, I am ever so grateful for our tractor! At our old place, I spent many an hour with a manual post hole digger digging out holes for posts and trees.
I'm not sure when we'll be done with the fencing, as we're having to work between the rains and offsite work, but it'll be complete at the right time!
In my excitement for the blank slate we had on this property, I went a little crazy with the fruit tree purchases the winter before we moved (thinking that the deer fence and garden would be put in last winter/spring). So I had to plant them in pots.
These trees must go in the ground! NOW! So while we're installing posts for the fence, I'm also working on the garden beds so that I can plant the trees, and vegetables.
I'm making raised beds on contour. The location of the garden is the lowest spot of our property (and the best soil), so my plan is to slow down and keep the water from flooding the lowest spot in the garden).
Because the ground is so mushy, we couldn't get the tractor in there, so I had to dig by hand. (Shoveling and post hole digging should be included in a crossfit routine- it's great for your arms!)
I have a sense of urgency in getting the raised beds made. We've been without a garden for almost a year and a half. I haven't had my vegetables and hands in the dirt for that long (playing with the pots doesn't count!). My soul is thirsting for the freshness of homegrown produce, and for the grounding the dirt between my fingers evokes! And all those seed catalogs have found me in our new home, enticing me and nurturing visions of beautiful flowers, tasty fruit, and nourishing vegetables!
And since I always plant way more than lovey and I can eat, our abundance will be offered to you!
Aside from the fencing and garden work, I'm also working on scheduling an event at the ranch. The perfectionist in me wants everything to be in ship-shape order, but then it'll never happen because a ranch can never be in perfect order! I'm still working on the details, but as soon as I have it settled, I'll keep you posted. I am eager to have you over, and to get to know you better!
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