Last week, I showed you the cover crops in the garden, this week is all about the posts for the fence. It’s a pretty cool story, actually. Dad helped me trade the tires I had taken off the truck for enough fence posts to do all cedar posts for the garden. We’d done some looking on Craigslist and found some 3+ hours away for a good price, but these were much closer and Whiskey got to play in the pond while we were working, so I thought that was a pretty good deal. Now, we just have to see about getting some holes dug.
I thought this picture was fun because it shows various stages of the garden in progress. The far bit that you can barely see is the productive part (we tilled it last year). The second part, the lighter plants, are the buckwheat and sorghum-sudan cross (I call it Piper because that’s the variety). Finally, right at the front, is the part I’d moved the pigs out of and just planted in the same cover crops as the second part. It’d be even better if the pigs were somewhere in the picture, but they’ve already moved on.
This is a bonus picture I took at work last week.
Something I heard or read suggested that pigs and chickens wouldn’t get along because the pigs would try to eat the chickens. It’s not like the pigs have never tasted chicken (we also gave Buffy’s first reject to the pigs), but so far, they get along just fine. The pigs are currently penned near the chicken house and the chickens, who aren’t bothered by the electric fence, have realized that the pigs get good food (the chicken and pig food are basically the same, but the pigs get whey from work mixed in). Now, they invite themselves to help the pigs clean up. Buffy doesn’t understand why the pigs aren’t intimidated by her posturing like the dogs are, but they’ve even left the babies alone. Unfortunately, the pigs are useless when the fox comes around. The fox goes through the pig pen (where the dogs can’t get to it) and has managed to steal one baby so far. I’m about to move the fence back a little though, so hopefully, the chickens won’t go so deep in the woods and the dogs will help protect them more.