We started working on the garden last week. Well, actually before last week we started planning the new and improved 2010 garden. Here's our plan...
We moved back the chain link fence which enclosed the garden last year, and decided to use part of the existing backyard wooden fence as our garden deer barrier this year. The wooden fence is not rabbit or small animal proof, but we don't have any problems with rabbits ~ there are many fox in this area which keep the rabbit population in check. And I don't think all our woodchucks will eat our vegetables (they seem to only like clover and grass). We have raccoons and opossums and skunks, too, all of which will have access to the garden now...hopefully they will not be an issue.
Randy dug up the garden earth with the tractor first, just to mix up the dirt and making the tilling easy. We dug up all sorts of cool and interesting items - pottery, toys, glass, metal pipe, buried hose, and two more horseshoes. Last year we also dug up a horseshoe in the old garden area. So now we have three old horseshoes. Are they supposed to bring luck? Hopefully this means our garden will do twice as well as last year!
Next we tilled the garden with the rototiller and the hoe. While we were hoeing I brought in some of the hens to assist with "worm control". I really just wanted the hens to enjoy the fresh dirt. The hens had a great time digging up and eating earthworms.
On the right are Little Danni and Chloe. Below is Lucy, our friendliest hen. Lucy was constantly in the way, diving in to get worms before the hoe left the dirt. She thought we were out there digging just for her.