|Many of these are broken off at the base|
|The rotten, broke posts are being replaced with something like these: 4' lengths of split black locust with 2' buried and 2' above ground. Compared to what I am replacing, they look stout enough to hang guard-rail on.|
This stretch of wire is a power-feed. It runs along the side of one of the gardens and needs maintenance.
The ground is so dry the dirt, once broken, flows through the side of the posthole digger like water. I had to add water to get the dust out of the hole.
It was slow going. It took me 2 hours to clear and repost 200 feet. Then I did another 200 feet that took less than a half hour.
He is also hammering the Chinese cabbage.
It is time for Zeus the wonder-dog to earn his kibbles. I need to take him around and let him tell me which holes have the woodchuck(s) in them. Then I need to set a body-grip trap and keep him a tight leash for a while.
Bayou Renaissance Man recently posted about food sustainability. His premise is that chaos happens and tidy plans don't always produce like our hopes.
One thing that new gardeners seldom consider is that larger fields suffer less from pests and depredation than smaller plots because pests typically work the edges. Small plots are nothing but edges while a 160 acre field is almost all interior if you assume the "edge" extends 50' into the field.
Another thing that sabotages the home gardener/orchard is the plan to have a sequence of crops hitting maturity so something is always ripening every week of summer and fall. The problem is that pests can decimate your crops as the crops trickle in. They are less able to do that if you have one or two big surges that overwhelm their ability to eat it as quickly as it ripens.
Ideally, the home food grower would be able to protect his crop with electric fences and bird netting and traps and other technology. But technology can fail, humans can get distracted.
The other thing worth noting is that an animal does not have to eat the entire crop to destroy it. Consider rodents or raccoons in a grain-bin. They probably make 20 times more food unusable by urinating and defecating on it as they actually eat.
(As an aside, the same thing happens with human predators. The value of what they steal pales in comparison to the costs born by the victims in terms of collateral damages)
This year I intend to pick the fruit a little bit earlier than usual. Apples and pears can ripen off the tree just fine. Picking up fruit off the ground is a little bit dicey, especially if the skin has been breached. Better to pick earlier and ripen in boxes in the garage than to waste food.
Wasting food is a sin.