On Good Friday potatoes are planted, St Patrick's day is for peas. This year I jumped ahead on planting a few other things, too.
I’ve been using Wall-o-water’s for years, but never set tomatoes out this early. Given the mild weather I was willing to experiment. Plus, I started two trays of tomatoes, which all germinated. I was running out of room under the grow lights so the Black Krim and Roma’s are already in the garden. Cherry tomatoes will wait until there’s no danger of frost. With luck the chickens will stay away from the broccoli and spinach.
The new transplants are surrounded by a single strand of electric fence, set close to the ground so the dogs will stay out of the garden. The dogs love rolling in the freshly tilled ground.
It’s always entertaining the first time the electric fence is turned on. I love our dogs but they ignore my pleads to stay out of the garden. They chase each other through it, roll around, and dig up the new transplants. When the fence is plugged in it only takes one shock to keep them out for the season. After a week, or so, the fence charger isn’t necessary.
Our Great Dane, Nukem was a slow thinker. He was the gentle giant, but DUMB. Every summer, he’d lift his leg on the electrified garden fence. That shock wave traveled into delicate territory sending him running and whining. It worked, though. He avoided the garden for the rest of the season.
©Glenda Plozay, Forest Hill Farm Products,LLC