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ImageDonkeyJay
May 3, 2011 6:29 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Just thought I'd share what we got up to today... made some real progress on the new wind shelter...

Thumb of 2011-05-04/DonkeyJay/ae30b4

Now there's just the rails & U-channel to put on, then we can throw the shade cloth over & start planting the 'maters in there! Hurray!
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porkpal
May 3, 2011 10:03 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Impressive industry!
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ImageCajuninKy
May 4, 2011 10:12 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
That thing looks great! Did you grow your maters from seed?
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 4, 2011 10:23 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Yes, that's the only way I can get healthy plants that will grow & produce at this altitude. Thumbs up I'm trying a couple of new ones this year... Jersey Devil & Koralik cherry.

Got 11 broccoli plants & 6 cabbage plants in this morning. Now to go put wallo waters around them. Big Grin
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porkpal
May 4, 2011 11:37 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Wallo waters?
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 4, 2011 11:53 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Best garden invention ever....
http://www.wall-o-water.com/
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ImageCajuninKy
May 4, 2011 12:20 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I am trying subarctic plenty this year.
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 4, 2011 12:56 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I've heard that's a good one. Thumbs up
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porkpal
May 4, 2011 4:58 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Very clever plant protection!
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ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 20, 2011 12:55 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Catching up... here's the final wind shelter:
Thumb of 2011-06-20/DonkeyJay/2a25aa

So far I've been pleased. The only thing I'm going to change is covering the ends w/polycarb paneling. I've found smoke colored polycarb at Lowe's for around $35 per sheet; a heck of a lot cheaper than what I payed for the other stuff.

The 30% shade cloth cuts the wind by about half, & allows plenty of light. Good enough. In fact, I like it so well I'm going to convert my high tunnel to the same design... paneling on the sides & ends w/shade cloth across the top.

Having some trouble w/a chipmunk. And probably ground squirrels, too. Suggestions for how to get rid of them? I've got a pellet rifle, but I'm not the best shot. I thought I'd set up a corn station for the squirrels to lure them into my sights... would that work for the chipmunk too?
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ImageCajuninKy
Jun 20, 2011 3:01 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I know chipmunks like corn because they are always scouting around the end of the porch looking for spilled horse feed. Get a scope for your rifle. We got a new rifle. No scope but we are shooting rats in the barn right now so it should work well enough. It has a neon green sight. I like it a lot because the rifle has a clip that holds 5 pellets. Don't have to load them one at a time like that.

Will you not need the protection from the cold that the high tunnel gives you?

That one really looks nice. That bender has paid for itself already.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 20, 2011 4:04 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I'm going to run a double rail to hold plastic, so I can throw that over in the fall & stretch the season a bit. I also won't have to take down the shade fabric, 'cause the plastic will shed snow. I don't use the HT year round anyway, it's too cold here and I like having the winter off.

I'm really pleased w/the bender, getting ready to start building another wind shelter. Did I mention we we're having 50 MPH gusts here today?! The wind has never really let up this spring... even the weather service noted that we are experiencing more of a spring wind pattern, when it should have stopped by now. Sad
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porkpal
Jun 20, 2011 5:59 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I don't know how you get anything built with that wind. We have had an unusually windy spring and I have a well house half assembled - waiting for a less windy day to continue.
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ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 20, 2011 6:12 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
It's a struggle, that's for sure. We usually get a couple of hours in the morning before the wind gets really obnoxious. Of course, just as you get all fired up & rarin' to go, that's when you find out you don't have the middle widget... you can get two things done, but not the third that will allow the fourth thing that will keep it all together in that afternoon's wind. Rolling my eyes.

You guys must be cooking down there... your drought is worse than ours & I'm having a little trouble imagining that!
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porkpal
Jun 20, 2011 10:59 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Me too! This is a paddock behind the barn. That grey stuff is supposed to be grass.Thumb of 2011-06-21/porkpal/eb60df
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ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 21, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Oh jeez... yeah, that looks familiar. A lot of the trees around here are dying; is it the same where you are?

Can I just scream for a minute? The SO butchered the cilantro last night, cutting half of each leaf... honestly, where do the non-gardeners come up w/these ideas? AAAAAaaaaarrrrrgh!!
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porkpal
Jun 21, 2011 12:19 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Oh, my! Do you feel better now?
Porkpal
ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 21, 2011 5:41 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Yes, thank you. Big Grin Even picked up ice cream for her at the grocery store. Angel OK, true, I eat it too.
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ImageCajuninKy
Jun 22, 2011 6:43 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
You are a selfless wonder. LOL
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ImageDonkeyJay
Jun 22, 2011 9:05 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Yep, that'd be me! Hilarious! The very definition of compassion in action. Whistling

You have enough ice cream for today? Lovey dubby
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