Excitement at Terra Nova Gardens
September gave us a small break from the hot weather then back into the sweltering middle and upper 90s. A couple days ago we were blessed with a quarter inch of rain which is good but we really need a good soaker to moisten up the top soil. Hopefully we will be getting more before the month's end.
On Labor Day news of an exciting event at Terra Nova was received from my neighbor that has potatoes planted there. Apparently Bobcat Larry had called and told him that someone had smashed through my garden fence.
A big white van came roaring down the gravel road in front of the garden and lost control. It tipped over on the driver side and slid through the rail fence and smashed into the wooden fence. The neighbors in the area said it made a terrible noise that immediately caught their attention. A fire truck, rescue squad, and police cars came to scene with lots of flashing lights. This happened right after dark at about 9:30pm, so the effect was awesome. The neighbor directly across the street made the 911 call and said that he had talked with the driver of the van. At that time it didn't seem that he was hurt much but the rescue squad did take him to the hospital. I'm very glad that he didn't get hurt too bad.
The neighbors around the garden were actually more upset about the ordeal than me and encouraged me to pursue action against the driver. I kind of look at this whole garden thing as an adventure with advances and set backs. I'm not going to do that. It's just a bunch of sticks and wood that can be fixed. This is a great challenge to piece the panels back together again. They won't look quite as pretty as before but will have a weathered look with a story that will be remembered by the entire neighborhood.
My grandson has the greatest humor ever. I showed him the above picture and told him what had happened. His comment was, "Hmmmm, I guess they didn't see the NO TRESSPASSING sign, huh." He's only eight years old but I guess hanging around grandpa has rubbed off just a little.
This panel went back together fairly well. I put three new backbone 2x4s that run the horizontal length of the panel right next to the broken ones and screwed them together for support. Then the puzzle was put together by finding the right boards that made up the panel. The missing board was shattered into three pieces and is in process of being glued back together. It will be put in place on the next garden work day some time next week. The other panel is busted up a little more than this one so it may require some small board replacements but I think it will turn just great. The posts that were broke off level with the ground will be a big task to get out of the ground for replacement posts. Each of those posts have about 100 pounds of concrete wrapped around the bottom two feet. Maybe I can get Bobcat Larry to help pull them out with his skid loader.