Eying the Future
Taken less than a week ago, the radish patch as I've been calling it looks great. I've had to chase the deer from it a few different times and I'm sure they've been in there more times than I've caught them, but any damage they have caused has been minimal thus far. In the short term, I've bought a net fence that can be electrified if necessary to install around it next spring. Since the radishes will die in a matter of weeks, I didn't think it was worth installing the fence when I would only have to take it down again in the spring to more easily till up everything. Thus why I have been chasing deer manually.
Also on my list of things to do is to dig up and remove that old fire pit in the foreground. It had seen it's better days before we even moved into the property and it certainly hasn't gotten any better. Weeds grow up requiring me to constantly spray and pull them at various points during the summer. The pit itself is falling into rubble and is a real shin burner if you sit too close. So I'm going to dig it up, stack the pavers somewhere and dispose of the rest, probably at the bottom of the gully left of this vantage point. My wife wants just a patio with a portable firepit someplace else on our property as a replacement. I've not cared much for those portable ones as you then have to empty out the ash and and can't easily use big logs on it which is what I have mostly to burn. I'm still thinking of a compromise but until then, I want to dig up the firepit.
Another thing on my agenda, and one of the last hurdles for permanently transferring our farm garden to the urban garden is starting a new asparagus bed. For a long time, I thought I would just buy some new crowns and plant them in the spring and then wait for a couple years before our first harvest. But recently, I started looking into transplanting. Our harvests from the rural patch, while still bountiful, have been gradually decreasing and from what I have read, asparagus does that when it gets over crowded with time. So I've thought about digging up some of the crowns from the old farm bed and transferring them up here, perhaps later this fall even. Some say you can even pick some of the first growth the following spring though I would still probably wait a year. One more dilemma is where I want to plant it. According to google, deer will eat asparagus in a pinch perhaps. I would like to put some space between my new asparagus patch and the garden for ease of access to both but not create a void that must be mowed. So I have thought about starting it several feet away from one end of the garden, outside my net fence I plan to put up in the spring with enough space I can mow between the fence and the asparagus. If the deer reek havoc, I can always move the fence to include the asparagus and cover the strip between it and the garden with mulch.
Eventually when we get things figured out, I would like to install a more attractive permanent fence around things to keep the deer out and the veggies in but that can wait a few years.