What a beautiful and busy Memorial Day weekend! Our 'off the grid' garden is finally planted, a little late, but better than never. We built a 48 X 64 fenced in area, all with re-purposed materials. The gate and back wall were built with picket fencing removed from my old house in Applewood. The sides and front are 16 foot cattle panel fencing lined with chicken wire on the inside, wired on top and bottom to keep out the smaller varmints. The final part will be to string polywire above and attach to a solar charger in an attempt to deter the deer.
A dozen grape vines boasting baby grapes were planted on the arbor. Another sweet surprise was baby apples on two of the trees. Next year, this will be a fruit haven with apple trees, blueberries, strawberries and grapes. I'm sure the birds will love them.
Sunday was hay baling day. The first cutting of the season is safely tucked in the barn, thanks to my parents, Connor, Taylor and John. We ate good, and worked hard.
Shilo and Freckles are fat and happy in their grassy paddock enjoying the shade of their new barn. When they see the gator, they know its time for treats and usually a good brushing.
My name is Christy Franklin.