The square hay bales are bound with twine which is eminently useful. I always save the pairs of string off each bale and leave some hanging on fence posts around our homestead for when I need need a quick piece to tie something. Often there is a piece in my pocket as well. I prefer the natural twine because if a piece drops and is lost on the ground it will decompose in time – actually quite quickly. This is as opposed to the plastic or metal bailing twine which seems to last for ever and can make animals sick if they eat it.
The big round bales come with a webbing around them under the plastic wrap. I save the webs and they make great pea and flower fences in the garden as shown in the picture above. When I took this photo I had already cleared off most of the plants but earlier it had been completely covered by morning glories, cucumbers, beans and peas. To strengthen the delicate webbing I run a wire between the posts and through the top bit of webbing.
I’m still looking for a use for the outer plastic wrap. I don’t lay plastic ground cover in the gardens so I can’t use it for that but I wonder if it might work as a narrow floating row cover in the spring to ward off our frequent frosts.
This afternoon we finished planting the fruit trees along the edges of the new terraces. Twenty two apple trees plus six pear trees. The terraces along the south east facing hill side have excellent air drainage, a good breeze and catch the water coming down the mountain. The soil is deep there from my terracing work and we enriched it this past summer and prepared the holes in August. These should be idea places for the apple and pear trees. The mini-orchard runs along the fence line and where a new fence is going so the trees can be protected from the attentions of pigs and sheep. They do love to nibble on the saplings in the fields. To protect the young saplings (about 5′ tall) from the cold and wind this winter we’ll mulch and place bales of hay on the north west side so the snows will drift deep there. Now we need to hurry up and wait – and keep them watered.
Yesterday we had a massive lightning storm – sparks coming out of the wall electric sockets and phone jacks. I got the phone lines unplugged in time to save the telephones and computer equipment but another surge suppressor bit the dust. As a result the DSL was down all night.
Yes, we have DSL way out here. It is pretty amazing. I never expected it to reach us here. I had to lay a mile and a half of phone cable through the woods to get services so I figured we would be forever beyond the reaches of high speed Internet – poking along on the back-roads of the web. But our local phone company, teeny-tiny Topsham Telephone with just 1800 or so customers in hundred square miles covering several towns is pretty advanced. They laid optical cable underground out to a lot of end points and one of them is close enough to our connection point that we now have a high speed DSL connection as of January a year ago. I love it! We even get radio now over the internet, something that was pretty much blocked out by the mountains before. Still ain’t got no T.V. but we’re not missing it either. :)
Something is wrong with this cat in my lap. It is making a clicking sound when I rub it…
Sunday: Low 34째F, High 58째F, Overcast, rain towards nightfall.
Monday: Low 44째F, High 59째F, Sunny with some clouds.