Salad on the Hoof

Jun 26, 2015 | 3 comments

Raised Beds

Raised Beds

Don’t tell Peter Rabbit, but some of Farmer Nyel’s lettuces are looking mighty fine. The radishes and green onions are in the ground, the tomato plants are standing tall with fruit soon to be ripening on the vine, and the seed potatoes (Red Pontiac) will go in today. All-in-all, the vegetable garden is looking mighty fine!

Staking Tomato Plants

Staking Tomato Plants

I love the look of the raised beds and I think Nyel’s idea of settingthe tubs of York roses on the north and south perimeters is an added bonus – garni to our salad on the hoof! Not only do they look terrific but their bi-weekly dose of liquid deer and rabbit repellent may deter Bambi and mom (as well as Peter) from visiting. We can but hope.

As far as the girls go, the jury is out. Farmer Nyel admits that there are probably enough lettuces in his garden to share with the girls – especially if we aren’t picky about having pristine and perfect leaves in our salads. But, they’ve been cooped up for a week or ten days now – not because of the garden but because of their ‘break out’ tendencies. Nyel has been thinking about ways to discourage their proclivity for scooting under the fence.

York Roses In Bloom

York Roses In Bloom

It is still a mystery why these four have discovered an escape route and not a single other chicken in all seven of our foul-raising years has done a runner. Farmer Nyel wants to block the way out, perhaps with a dirt barrier. I’m tending towards just waiting a while until they get too big to manage squeezing underneath.

But I do miss having the girls free-ranging out there, and working in the flower beds is not the same without a friendly nudge now and then from my feathered friends. Plus I feel sorry for them on these hot days without the nice cool grass to waddle barefoot on and the rhodies to provide shade during their periodic dirt baths. Perhaps if I explain to them very slowly and carefully the reason-for-fences and how-they-might-get-squashed-in-the-road…

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    The garden looks lovely so Nyel definitely gets a pass for missing Vespers last week! You might not like the look, but either a board or some chicken wire across their escape route? Chicken wire is almost invisible, but we’ve done the board thing to keep the dog in where the fence was too high off the ground. Are there plants chickens have an aversion to?

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    • sydney

      We both like the chicken wire (actually chicken netting) idea, but we have WAY too much fence for that! We have 10,000 square feet of lawn plus beds all around, all of which is “protected” by the picket fence. The girls can get out at any point as the pickets are three or four inches above the soil to help prevent rot. Our big question is why they are the first in seven years to ‘discover’ the escape route!

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  2. Kathleen Shaw

    Putting flowering plants near veggies is a great idea–helps attract pollinators. Good luck using Liquid Fence on the roses to deter the deer from the veggies–hope that works. They certainly can be determined, though, so maybe some on the grass around the veggies will help, too.

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