Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Now for something cheerful

Like a lot of you I have been busy getting my garden going. I built a cedar frame for a plot that last year was a pumpkin patch. There's radishes, beets and peas coming up in there now. Sick and tired of staking tomatoes with bamboo stakes, I decided to emulate something that Trent Hendricks put up on the farm last year and built a tomato trellis. If it ends up looking anything like his did, by the time the tomatoes start fruiting, it'll be a beautiful hedge.

Asparagus are coming in and I've eaten a few. Not as many as the damned ground hog who almost always seems to beat me to it. But I've got a surprise for him (or her) in the form a brand new 1000 feet per second pellet rifle. A .22 would be a better bet, but I'm not allowed to discharge firearms in my neighborhood. We are packed too closely together here for that. So the pellet gun will have to do. Now, if I can only learn to shoot straight...

8 comments:

fatbear said...

Groundhogs - had an entire family of 8 last year

Hav-a-heart - sliced bananas as bait - got 'em all, one by one - took to a nearby nature preserve (no truck, just in the trap in the trunk - on a tarp, which I closed over the trap so animal quieted down - much easier if you have a pick-up!)

killing won't do it - you'll feel much better sending them off to a better life

paul said...

Bob once again you set the bar pretty high!!

Bob del Grosso said...

Paul you are too kind.

Ben said...

I was cracking up reading this post-we did the very same thing here. Me and my boys out up a target and some cans and had more fun than a barrel of monkeys! (We are more like a truckload of gorillas)!

Ed Bruske said...

Bob, that's a heckuva trellis for tomatoes. I grow mine in big cages. You have a bullet-proof system there (posts in concrete!) and tomatoes love to go vertical. They will grow 30 feet high. But I am already thinking of the work it's going to take to train those tomato plants on the trellis.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Growing up the deer would always eat everything in our yard...my parents were too hippie to ever consider a gun but I have to admit I yearned for one at times...

Ben said...

Laura
You could try reasoning with the deer, but I've found that they just keep chewing and ignore you.

Cameron Siguenza said...

I learned to shoot at a very young age by dry firing a 22 with a penny balanced on top. Did it over and over until I was flawless, then I moved to bullets. Good luck with your new pellet gun.

Nice trellis!