Monday, June 27, 2016

Whoa Summer is here

The weather started out in March being dry and warm.  As April passed, the weather changed over from warm to much cooler and rain started falling.  At the end of May the weather was in full rain mode with a rain storm blowing through almost every night.  Terra Nova Gardens went from being saturated to the point of being difficult to plant the seedlings that were past ready to be planted to hot and dry in June.
The sweet corn fortress was completed.  You can see the  chicken wire fence pattern on the rocks and the electric wire and posts as well.  The first planting of corn is in full tassel and the second bed is about waist high.

A lot of improvements have been made this year.  My garden schedule has become early morning.  Now that summer vacation is here, I can be in the garden by 5:30am and work until 8am.  It's a good solid two hours of gardening.  The raccoons invaded the corn patch early this year so I had to fire up the electric fence much earlier than I expected.
The battery powered fencer packs a good shock.  I haven't personally grabbed the wire but I've seen and heard the snap when it gets too close to the chicken wire fence.  I don't think I want to touch the wire.  If the critters try to climb the fence, their tender under belly will hit the electric wire and their paws will be on the solidly grounded fence.  It will be shocking that's for sure.  There's been no evidence of any critter activity inside the corn  patch since the electric fence has been turned on.  Yea!  Could be there will be sweet corn in the pot by end of July.
The mini water tower has finally been built.  The plans have been roaming around in my mind for a couple years on how I would water everything in the garden.  The barrels are free from where a friend works.  The water comes from the natural spring at Terra Nova Gardens.  Eventually, there will be an automatic irrigation system in place.  Maybe not this year but probably by next year.

There are four empty beds that will just be kept weed free and prepared for planting next year.  The garden construction is mostly completed for this year.   With four to five months left in the garden season, expectations of getting more accomplished are high.

I hope that all your gardens have the rains they need and the sunshine required to grow strong plants.