Garden Supports

Hoping to keep the rabbits at bay, we purchased a 100′ roll of black plastic 1″ tubing at Home Depot and cut it into 14 – 86″ pieces. As these keep their circular shape nicely, they work great for our garden frames:

PVC supports

PVC supports

We strung string along the top and sides to give it extra strength and support and then placed deer netting over the entire garden. Weighted down at the ends and along the sides, hopefully it will keep the rabbits from snacking on our lettuce and sprouting beans and peas!

Deer netting on supports

Deer netting on supports

We can later add fleece to provide some shade from the hot summer sun and protection from flying insects, or plastic in the fall to extend our growing season.

I’ve been on a search today for plastic barrels to make our own rain barrels and compost bin like this one:

Compost bin

Compost bin

I’ve found two sources, stay tuned!

New Ornaments

Have added a few more ornaments to my Etsy shop

Green Medallion Lace Embroidered Ornament

Green Medallion Lace Embroidered Ornament

Red/Gold Starburst Lace Embroidered Ornament

Red/Gold Starburst Lace Embroidered Ornament

Red Reindeer Lace Embroidered Ornament

Red Reindeer Lace Embroidered Ornament

Red Diamond Pattern Lace Embroidered Ornament

Red Diamond Pattern Lace Embroidered Ornament

Lupus Awareness Ribbon Lace Ornament

Lupus Awareness Ribbon Lace Ornament

Green Peace, Love, Joy Lace Ornament

Green Peace, Love, Joy Lace Ornament

Green Embroidered Banded Design Lace Ornament

Green Embroidered Banded Design Lace Ornament

Garden/Solar Update

Well, we have a few things sprouting in the garden. I’ve realized that the rabbits will probably be a problem so we’ve got to put up some sort of fence this weekend. Then, for the first time in years, a dear jumped the split rail fence *into* the yard. Hopefully she didn’t see the garden and contemplate coming back.

They came out yesterday and took measurements of the roof and took pictures of the house for the solar panels. Still waiting on DE to get the grant approved and get an install date. It’s been 4 weeks now, and we were told the total process should take 6-8 weeks. Hopefully the April showers will get out of the way by the time the panels are in. I also took a look at our electric usage over the past 24 months and was glad to see we’ve cut our average usage by 100 kw a month! And this year we’ve used 1440 kw less than the same time a year ago. Hopefully we can cut our electric us more with the whole-house fans we installed last year instead of AC and using an outdoor clothesline this summer.