Farm Life: Fences and Water

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Chickens on the outside, veggies on the inside – I am winning.

My dad has many sayings and one of them is ‘time flies when you’re having fun’. My last farm update was at the start of July when I was getting ready for the garden expo and then some workshops. It’s now the last week of August and the last week of winter – thank goodness. Time does really fly, with Roy home this past week and a half we have done some much needed chicken proofing!

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Chickens running down to the garden to go and eat their favourite foods – I don’t think so, we just built a fence.

I am not the best hole digger around and I rely on the muscles of my hubby for that but I do love hitting a star picket into the ground with a big mallet. The chickens discovered my garden about four weeks ago, it had been there for two months prior and nothing. On discovery they found some of their favourite food – curly kale, tuscan kale and sugar-loaf cabbage, oh and did I mention uprooting my tomatoes for bugs! Needless to say most of my bushes in the garden have been striped bare to their stalks and I have lost three tomato plants.

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Roy and I are not class ‘A’ farmers we are more of get the job done and hopefully our efforts will last. Meaning that we are not perfect, nothing is ever straight or even – unless someone else does it for us then yes maybe. Constructing our fence, we decided on a simple wooden post for the corners and around the gates and then star pickets to hold the fence up. We have not fenced all the way around the garden yet. We have done two sides which both end up in the weeds and bush. On the outside of the fence I will be planting natives to create a windbreak and shade for the summer months. The trees will go in when it starts raining again.

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Me rugged up and ready to head down the hill to water my seedlings. 

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Speaking of rain it has not rained now since the last week of July, so we have not seen a drop from the sky since then. The soil is starting to crack the veggies are starting to look limp and rely on their daily dose of water. We have only one tank on our property and it is 200 meters away from our garden at the bottom paddock. Each day I walk down around 4.30 when the sun hides behind the hill with a water pack on my back and two watering cans of water. I have to be choosy to what gets water each day. We are getting quotes at the moment for more tanks and a garden shed which will be right next to my new garden. In the meantime, I have my fingers crossed for continual heavy dews each morning that might alleviate some of the pressure of the need of water. In saying that we don’t get dews each morning, I just wish that we do or maybe you could send about 5mm of rain my way for a day – that would be so good.

What has the weather been like in your part of the world? When did it rain last?

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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at www.lizziemoult.com.
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4 Responses

  1. i love the idea of the gals clucking down for a scratch and peck – and finding a fence in their way! fabulous. but i can understand how heartbreaking it would be to have them do such damage.
    i’m glad you’re investigating another tank. that would be back-breaking work.
    we are havign just the right amount of rain and sunshine at the moment. i am surprised the weeds aren’t more prolific!

    1. The cold weather where you are might be keeping the weeds under control for the moment. Spring is in the air here and everything is flourishing except for my newly planted seedlings.

  2. Not much rain in my neck of the woods either. Enough to keep the tanks topped up but with the warm days we have been having, I have had to do a fair bit of watering too (most of it with watering cans). My poultry haven’t found their way into the vegetables garden but I have had a rather hungry ram help himself before and of course it was when all of those lovely summery vegetables were ready for the picking. At least nothing went to waste I suppose.

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