Shepherd’s Place Fence and Garden Are In

Last week, Vernon (a friend from Kentucky) and Dave put up the garden deer fence. The fence is 8 feet tall, and we will add another foot of protection with a line of wire. This weekend, we planted more than half the garden, which included a row of raspberries and Montana blackberries, carrots, onions, lettuce and greens, potatoes, and corn. The tomatoes and peppers will grow in the greenhouse this year, and we still have to plant squash, beets, zucchini, kale, spinach, swiss chard, cabbage, herbs, and a few other things. As you can see in the photos below, some of the rows have Agribon over them to protect the plants from the cold Montana nights (even in the summer). But the days are getting very long. It is stillĀ  light out at 9:30 PM.

Dave will get back to working on the electrical wire at the lodge tomorrow, and we are preparing for the siding of the lodge for late June when two of our sons will be coming here and will do the siding. We have chosen a cedar dropsiding, which we think will look very nice.


This is our 10 x 16 greenhouse. We hauled this from Oregon in 2015 when we moved to Montana. It’s 18 years old (with new plastic, of course), and it has been an integral part of our gardening system.


This is a view of the newly planted garden and 8 foot tall deer fence looking down from one of my office windows. The garden is 40 x 42.


Another view of the garden with the LT shop in the background. One of our helpers is using the ladder to put the cedar shakes on the gable ends – not the easiest job to do.

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