Thursday, May 27, 2010

Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbors

Last year I enclosed my garden-in-progress in picket fencing. It came with a nice price tag but this year I am so glad that I made the investment. It is so nice not to have any animals beheading my cabbage plants. Now, I will admit that there was a mishap a few days ago when one of the baby LaManchas squeezed her not so little self in between the pickets unnoticed. After a few laps around the garden and some not so nice language on my behalf, the rest of the garden was saved. Now there is the issue of the free ranging chickens.

This area of the garden contains 5 Heirloom tomatoes and while the Golden Lace Wyandott chickens are considered a heritage breed chicken, they need to keep their bathing butts out of my tomatoes. All of the chickens are on the path to coopdom for the next few months. They have a nice home that is fenced and I am going to be expanding their fenced area once school is out. This will help with the good fences make good neighbors policy.

This Fourth of July plant is already sporting a tomato and if anything happens to it, there will be barbeque's chicken on my new grill:)

Cucumbers have been planted around the trellis.............

.................... and the herb raised bed is coming along, perhaps a few more to be added.

Behind the chicken coop I planted 12 more tomato plants because one always needs more tomatoes in case there is a tomato crisis.

On a different note, I am blessed to have wonderful neighbors. The family that lives right next door to me has 10 acres, 5 of which is fenced in pasture. A few years back they sold their horses as their lives and boys were getting very busy. Recently they mentioned that they were thinking of getting horses but then had a better idea. They graciously suggested that I could bring my horses over for the summer to graze on the pasture as my pasture is totally burned out. The cost? They have the view of the horses they wanted, they can play with them, hangout with them, help me train them, all without having to own them (of course, if anything happens to them while they are over there, I am fully responsible for them and I still take care of them). And since I am literally right next door and the fence line is right along the property line, the horses are still like right there in my backyard. I am so pleased and excited and it is truly working out wonderfully:) Johnny, the leopard POA pictured above is thoroughly enjoying this arrangement.
My very well fed mini's are enjoying the freedom also.....gosh they are a tad hefty in this picture. Of course, I am monitoring them on all this fresh grass but they are doing great so far. Poor Johnny is so excited to have company and the girls just chase him around and pick on him.

What is nice is the horses can see me when I am outside and see the sheep and goats, though there is no apparent love lose between them. The sheep and goats think the horses finally went to greener pastures. LOL
So good fences do make good neighbors for me and my animals..........
and a good supply of fresh farm eggs helps too:)


Michelle said...

Oh, that is WONDERFUL about the pasture, Kristi!

Deb said...

I had the same problem with my chickens - they just couldn't remember that my veggie gardens were off limits - they are locked up in their run until the harvest!
The pasture for your ponies is a fabulous deal for everyone involved, especially your critters. All that lovely grass :)

Have a great holiday weekend !

Foothills Poultry said...

We learned several years ago and now fence off the gardens before anything is planted. Just a 2' tall fence, but I have spoiled lazy birds.


Kara said...

What a great arrangement for the horses! Have a great weekend.

Tammy said...

Such a pretty place you have! Love all the raised beds and the cool 'climber materials' for the vining plants. What a great deal for you AND your neighbors and of course the ponies. Think of all the savings in hay alone. Have a great weekend!

Teri said...

You are very blessed with your neighbors (but then I suspect you already know that!) My chickens free ranged the property for a long while too, but this year they are free ranging behind a very large, semi wooded (shady) part of our property. They have so much space to roam with this set up its not funny, but alas, every day I come home from work there are two girls that rush up to me still. They fly up on the fence post and fly down on the other side. Guess they think the grass is truly greener on the other side :)

tera said...

How lovely! Sometimes I think I would like a little farm, but realistically, I don't think I want to do the work.
So - thanks for sharing yours! :)

Marianne at Black Walnut Woolens said...

I am glad to know someone else is as concerned about a tomato crisis as I am. I planted from seed this year and couldn't bear to just pull out the extras so I ended up with 134 tomato plants. Oops.

I love the picket fence. We use portable electronetting (without plugging it in) to keep our chickens at bay otherwise they attempt to take over the farm. The netting certainly isn't as beautiful as your fencing, but it helps me maintain my sanity.