Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Monday, June 6, 2016
Raccoon ~ Rain
The last few nights I've noticed more of my newly sprouted medicinal herbs (in pots) have been disturbed. But how?
They are destroyed now. Not by barn cats either.
So, hence the potted plants were moved to another patio (where that stinkin' raccoon still dug up the pots), and will have to be replanted. The cat food will come in at night. We haven't had raccoon issues for awhile, so I kind of forgot about them this time of year.
The forks and upside down skewers didn't stop him either.
The good news? We got rain! Yay! Lots of it. We got more on Sunday, just after we put a large load of straw on the garden. We're doing things different this year. Instead of using all black plastic, we used the garden fabric, but slits in the center for small seeds like carrots, beets, radishes, and cut enough to put in mounds for other items. Then we loaded the tomatoes down with straw. We used very few garden stakes for the fabric and plastic, weighing the sides down with dirt. We are praying this will not only kill off weeds, but make this year much better.
We also will be netting the strawberry beds, and we have chicken wire to top the beds with greens (barn cats like to use them for toilets too). However, one raised bed shows no sign of strawberry plants. They died in the monsoon last year.