Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Gopher Wars

When we were assigned a garden plot that looked like it had already been lined with chicken wire we knew it was risky to trust it had been done properly. Gopher holes were found in our plot a month or so ago, and we realized it was just a matter of time. After a few attempts to prevent from further "above ground attacks" we realized the problem went deeper. Re-lining our plot was the only option and we felt pressed for time as we wanted to keep as many of our plants as possible. Last Saturday we reserved the ENTIRE day to digging out our plot to re-line it. Thanks to our good friend, Peter's help, we got it all done in 1 day, although it literally took the whole day.

Chris was in charge of this project and did an exceptional job: finding the best prices for the wire, deciding on the best way to sew it together and thinking through each step. After all has been said and done, between the gophers and the transplanting here is the unhappy death toll: over half our broccoli plants, our 2 cucumber plants, all our pea plants, 1 bean plant, our 1 squash plant, and our watermelon. Which leaves us our tomato plants (which are starting to look yellow...), 2 strawberry plants, and 1 bean plant. Peter set up his camera to take pictures every 2 minutes so we could put together a little time warp slide show thing of the whole garden process. Once we get it we'll put it on here. This is the only picture we took with our camera, it's of Chris getting the dimensions right on our wire lining.

But until then, enjoy this cute video we took of Alec yesterday. He is getting so much older! We were trying to capture both his after dinner look, and his incessant babbling but he stopped babbling when the camera turned on. Everything after (and including) "computer" we've never asked him to say before it was just fun to see him try.

video

6 comments:

MandaMommy said...

Cute!

Jim and Dixie said...

I'm sure glad we get to see you all next week. He's so darn cute I can hardly stand it!!

Ryan & Jess said...

Gophers - not a problem I thought about when growing a garden! Sorry that you lost so many plants. I can't WAIT to have my own garden. Someday...

Can't wait to see you guys SO SOON!

oh! resolution said...

You should teach Alex how to hold a shovel and hunt gophers. I'm sure he'll stand near the hole for hours after you teach him how to say the word.

Kelly Warren said...

hey you'll never believe who this is! Kelly Fullmer! You know, from yorba linda? It was totally random that i even found your blog. I was wondering if Brittany has a blog or if you could send me her email or something. here's my email dandk_warren@msn.com. Congrats on having boy #2. I have a little boy too. They are lots of fun. here's my blog dandkwarrenfamily.blogspot.com The whole blogging thing is still pretty new to me though.

Kelly Warren said...

Oh my gosh i just said brittany, that's you, huh? Of course i meant Tiffany. Sorry