The majority of our $450 early spring bare-root plant order was already in the ground. With the warmer weather just around the corner, I knew our young trees would soon bud out and become like sticks of cotton candy to our four-legged friends unless we finished the 6' tall wire fence across the back of the property. My alternative was to place individual hoops of 3' tall 2"x4" wire fencing around each new tree and bush. I told myself several times the later was not an option. I had already constructed a fenced chicken yard to contain our once free ranging fowl from tearing up the 6" layers of straw mulch I'd placed around each plant. All would be safe to grow unadulterated if we just finished the damn fence. My priority of chores at the ranch became laser focused. I told my matrimonial ranch-mate our next day off would be devoted to kicking this fence's ass and getting it done! A few days later, after the proverbial blood, sweat and tears - a few threats of divorce and worried looks from the dogs - the fence was done.
We had contemplated the hill that takes up the back third of our acre when purchasing our little ranch just over a year ago. What the hell would we do with it? I could imagine the kids racing up and down it - building forts and tree houses among the mature oaks. We made plans of repairing and replanting the south-facing hillside, scorched and barren from years of neglect. My wife and I both thought the hill added character. We didn't have a boring, flat parcel of land, ours came with a hill. The best part was the top of the hill acted as a gateway to another five acre parcel we set our way future sights on.
|View from the top of the hill towards the south of the valley|
|Tango standing behind his brother Cash|
Home Depot sells 100' rolls of 3' tall 2"x4" wire fencing for $60. I figured I needed two rolls to secure the trees and bushed from these very determined villains. Over the course of a Thursday afternoon, I successfully barricaded the majority of our botanical loved ones from the black and tan beasts. Accomplishing this also allowed my to take down the chicken pen and allow our flock to again roam and scratch the earth to their hearts content.
As I finish this maiden voyage into the blogosphere, I received a text from my wife regarding the acquisitions of two ewes, "I got a price of $125 each on the ewes - I'd say that sounds OK." That's code for - We're getting two ewes for $250. Looks like I'll be finishing up that individual fence project sooner than I expected.