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April 23/13

Spring is springing … and the chickens are scratching, ripping up anything and everything in their path. Well, that might be an exaggeration but at times it seems that way. They particularly like the area under the walnut tree and the flowerbed that holds my honeyberry bushes.

While the chickens have been scratching my yard, I have been scratching my head, trying to come up with an effective plan to protect the garden areas while letting the critters find and eat their lunch… and breakfast… and supper… and snacks.

Spring also means tree-pruning time so while Rick cut off the twigs/branches of my apple tree I collected them and stuck them in the ground, making “de-fence”.

I don’t know if it will work; I don’t know if I will be able to put mulching inside the “barrier” and it will be left undisturbed; I don’t know if the chickens will just laugh at the attempt—but it was worth a try and if a perfectionist had installed the fence it might have even looked kind of cool. As it is, it’s me and perfection isn’t my thing so this is what we get: apple tree twigs of different lengths stuck in the ground, criss-crossed.

I had JUST enough sticks to do this flowerbed and the area by the walnut tree. My last stick filled the last space. ... as if it was meant to be. That’s hopeful :D

2014 Update
Well, some of the sticks actually did take root and I am seeing little leaf buds! (May, 2014)
So, with a little care, perhaps some rooting compound, this indeed would work!
As it stands, maybe 1 in 20 have taken root. But that’s not bad for just sticking them in the ground, a couple days (or more) after they had been pruned from the tree.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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jroot

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posted 04-24-2013 12:04 AM

... and you never know, but some of them might just root and you’ll have more plants to put on your property. Win Win !

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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daltxguy

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posted 04-24-2013 01:03 AM

That’s what I was thinking – apple tree cuttings galore. Well, now if they did take root, a ‘live’ fence just might do the trick.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Cindy

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posted 04-24-2013 03:14 AM

If they root, you’ll have a woven “espalier” of sorts – wouldn’t that be fantastic! I hope it works for you, but even if it doesn’t, it still looks very nice!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-24-2013 10:03 AM

wood-n’t that be a nice surprise

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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stefang

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posted 04-24-2013 10:29 AM

This spring isn’t looking so good as usual Debbie. Those sort of egg shaped rocks in the photo look interesting. Are they volcanic or from outer space?

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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OttoH

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posted 04-24-2013 10:57 AM

So you are – Sticking it to them in hopes they will chicken out

Bad puns I know, but I couldn’t resist. I hope this works for you, looking forward to hearing about the results.

-- My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-24-2013 10:59 AM

the egg-shaped stone is a stepping stone I picked up at a garage sale one time. It used to have golf balls stuck in it. They have fallen off, leaving the holes.

“Sticking it to them”—hahaha I wish I had thought of that!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 04-24-2013 11:36 AM

I think it looks nice too, Debbie. I hope it works. If you find that it does and you want to make it permanent, you could take some ideas from the traditional hedge-layers and weave long supple branches between your sticks to give it more strength. Do you have a source of willow branches? Let me know how it works for you and I might use it myself!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Cindy

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posted 04-24-2013 11:41 AM

“wood-n’t that be a nice surprise”

Groan!!! Too early in the morning for that! lol Look at the times of the posts – you folks are REAL morning people!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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justjoel

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posted 04-24-2013 07:02 PM

Love the repurposing – cute fence. If they breech it, does this mean more chicken and dumplings in your near future?

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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MsDebbieP

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posted 04-24-2013 08:40 PM

no chicken and dumplings but we do get a nice supply of eggs from the neighbours now and then and that is nice.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-17-2013 04:07 PM

May 17/13 Update

well, the chickens were DEFINITELY out yesterday … they spent about half an hour at my mini-pond having a good drink. Me thinks their water supply must have been spilled or something.

Anyway… there is no damage in the “de-fence” area! It’s looking good.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Cindy

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posted 05-17-2013 04:42 PM

That’s great news! A nice, natural, and EFFECTIVE fence!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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daltxguy

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posted 05-17-2013 05:13 PM

MsDeb 1 Chickens 1

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-17-2013 10:35 PM

haha so far!!

I still don’t have any mulch material inside which is a chicken-attractant.

Now, it won’t keep the rabbits out for the winter so that is part II …. no rest for the wicked!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-15-2013 09:48 PM

June 15/13 UPDATE

Well… I can’t say for sure but it’s looking like I might have some wee apple trees growing.
When I pulled up some sticks to move them (expanding an area) I noticed a white nub near the bottom of the twig. Scraping the bark, it was green and moist underneath.
There are many twigs that have leaves on them, but they might just be surviving because of the regular rainfall we’ve had since I stuck them in the ground.

I guess I won’t really know until next year—won’t those rabbits have a feast. Somehow I have to protect them, just in case. hmmm

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-18-2013 12:50 PM

Now I have to laugh…..you are thinking of ways to protect the fence that you put up to protect the plants inside the fence…. Willows will grow from cuttings like that sometimes. Take a cutting of a young willow, bury it in wet ground and sometimes it will just grow.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-18-2013 12:57 PM

willows—you can’t stop them, can you??

And yes, I, too, laughed… plant a fence to protect the plants; add a fence to protect the fence; paint the fence to protect the fence; seal the paint to protect the paint, ... where does it all end?? !!!

This morning I was thinking about this (again) and remember Rick’s suggestion a few years back that we just fence in the entire property—we wouldn’t have had any of the chicken/dog/rabbit problems.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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