For weeks, I’ve been impatiently waiting for the fence to be stained so that I can plant the front flower border and the perennial herbs that will grow within, along the potager fence. Initially, I planned to stain it myself. However, since time was a factor, and I had all that soil to haul and mulch to put down, and my contractor said “it will only take a day to spray it….” I decided to let him do it. As the days, and then weeks passed, I began to worry that I would not get the plants in the ground early enough to allow them to anchor in and establish themselves before the ground froze. Plus, I have all those bulbs (see “It’s Tulip Time!”) coming and not only does the fence have to be stained, but the trench dug for the chicken wire to be installed, and the trench refilled before I can plant. I was getting nervous. While I waited, I did establish the shape and size of the front border, and gave it a good edging and weeding.
And, I planted garlic (see “It’s Garlic Planting Time”) two rows of berries (see “The Berry Rows”) and reclaimed a garden near the house (see “Reclaiming a Garden.”)
Hallelujah! Finally the fence was done. Just as soon as the front fence section was finished I began trenching so I can bury the bottom of the chicken wire fencing. Hopefully, this will deter rabbits and other ground-dwellers and diggers. Here’s the trench:
Once I had a section finished, I stapled the wire to the fence and filled the trench back in. Here’s a close-up so you can see the chicken wire in place.
Here’s the east-facing section, ready to plant. You can see on the far left that he’s still staining the west fence. The roll of wire is laying at the corner, because the south-facing section (on the front left) has not been stained yet. See how pale it (the fence, not the wire) looks?
And here’s the north half of the front fence planted. No color, because most of the plants are perennials that have already bloomed.
And here’s the south half of the front fence border, planted and edged. I added a couple of wooden pumpkins my father made years ago, so there would be a bit of color until I get some mums added.
The second order of bulbs just arrived, and I still have half the trenching left to do, so I have lots of digging in my future. Hope you are enjoying beautiful autumn weather, too.