Fencing is expensive! I’m talking paddock defining, animal enclosing here, not the d’Artagnan en garde stuff, but with all that specialised equipment, I imagine that’s not cheap either. Anyway, the cost of farm fencing is huge and, while Steve from Summerfield Fencing is a top bloke who tried his best to make it less so, our dream of fully deer/goat fencing…the property?..maybe a paddock?..how much for just one boundary.?.sigh…just wasn’t achievable at this point. And that is why we are starting a new vegetable garden from scratch.
See, on moving in (once Steve had given us our fence reality check) we needed a prison paddock for our goat girls and the only area with maximum security to goat level was the previous owners vege patch.
Another area, on the sunnier side of the house, was selected for what will one day be The Winter Garden (on that same, glorious one day we will be fully fenced and the goat prison will become The Summer Garden) and ground preparation began.
Thirteen chickens and a rooster go a long way to breaking soil. With their work done, the poultry has now moved to a new address and we called in the services of another animal altogether.
The local Lions grow, harvest and then sell peastraw as their main fundraiser. Our ordering of fifty bales of their finest was one of our more brilliant ideas of late. Not only does it provide a cost effective makeshift vegetable garden border,
it also gave us the perfect introduction to our new community as the lovely couple who dropped the straw off had lived in the area forever, knew everyone, and were keen to add us to that list.
Our next job is to try a bit of fencing out for ourselves. An unfenced vege garden is the equivalent of a free all-you-can-eat buffet to a rabbit, so needs must.
It’s a slow process as our soil is very stony, but we’re getting there…one post at a time