Monday, February 11, 2008

Garden Deer Defense With Poltergeist and Pork

Pretty normal weekend here at PFHQ.
Yesterday, I planted lettuce, carrots, and turnips ... a little late for such cool weather crops, but I am ridiculously optimistic when it comes to vegetable gardening. Stupidly so.

Later, Mrs. FC and I rode out to a gorgeous wild place owned by our friend, Mr. Billy. Billy had a pile of limerock he had scratched out of the earth and he said we could have all we want, so we went.
(Tomorrow's post most likely)

Saturday I spent part of the day bolting 8 foot posts to the existing short posts of an extra hog pen which doubles as a garden area. The high fence that will run between them should deter deer from my veggies.
The day was sunny and cool which made the work extremely pleasant, plus I had lots of help ...

Here we "see" our resident ghost, "Ponce" drilling the holes for the 7 inch lag screws that hold the tall posts to the short. He's pretty handy to have around, but is sometimes mischievious ... he's got a bad habit of collecting socks from the dryer for instance.
Mostly he's "out of sight, out of mind" and we don't mind him a bit.

I had other help too.

While Ponce did the drilling, it was Chewie who mastered the sprocket wrench and made short work of cranking those 7 inch lag screws through both posts.


You're surprised a pig can work a wrench? Surely you've read that oft repeated line about pigs being smarter than dogs and politicians.

Chewie caught on to using the sprocket wrench in no time, which didn't surprise me one bit.
After all ...

... it's not sprocket science.


pablo said...

That pun hurt!

Hurricane Teen said...

They say hog pens are the best place to plant gardens. I'm sure you know why.

Anonymous said...

Sprocket science? You should be ashamed.

lori said...

hey if you find a knitted sock(blue and white madeby hand) would you ask the friendly ghost to return it to me? Thanks ~~ he really takes good pictures too.

kathy a. said...

very punny. that is the cutest darned pig ever.

elpbulls said...

ha ha ha!!! I like your new photo at the top of the page...pretty cool!! Love ya

Sharon said...

Sounds like something Jimmy Neutron would say :)

Sharon said...

btw, like the new header pic

Laura said...

She's sprockin good fun...

lol ;)

Flatland Mountaineer said...

Do ya'll have a chicken coop? I'm thinking that might be a poultrygeist operating that drill.

Floridacracker said...

I've heard reading PF is painful.

Yes, plenty of plant food in there.

I am bad.

Next time he appears, I'm getting that sock back for you.

Katy A,
You have an eye for beauty.

Cool that she did not eat me!
Love you!

Probably! Glad you like the gator.

Oh yeah, she's a ham ... four of them actually.

You win!
Welcome to Pure Florida!

edifice rex said...

Is that drill as old as I think it is?;) It looks like an ancient ol' Black and Decker (back when Black and Decker was worth something) that my father had once.

Floridacracker said...

You have the eye!
Yes, it's a hand me down from my Grandfather. It's a Sears Craftsman made by B&D.

Anonymous said...

I think Chewie's merits speak for themselves and you know where I stand on that. If it were up to me, you would have five more permanent residents at this point...

The bird photos are really beautiful. I'm just oohing and aahing over your barred owl- they are such amazing creatures. Lucky you to get such a great view- and photo!

Floridacracker said...

That owl was very cooperative.

Alan said...

I would think Chewie's work might be a bit on the 'slop'-py side... ha... ha.. what? Nothing? Anyone? Beuller? ...

Floridacracker said...

Good one!
Nice to know you were not STYmied in your attempt at punning.