|Mulch mess - thanks chickens!!|
Take the mulching that we're doing to try and preserve water / assist the plants / veggies / fruit trees to thrive in adverse heat (global warming) conditions and be productive. The chickens delight in scattering that mulch as far and as wide as they can.
Nope - that doesn't suit me at all!
So, I asked RMan if he could build me a mulch protector.
First things first though, in tidying up the mulch mess, and removing some weeds / grass, around the beds we came across this little fellow.
|About 1.5 - 2 feet long - with quite a scary "V"|
marking on it's head. A brown house snake.
Initially, we were a tad concerned, because the single row of scales underneath of the snake seemed to imply that it was poisonous, but it was confirmed as a non-poisonous brown house snake - that delights in eating frogs and mice!
|We were told that a single row of scales|
below a snake indicates that it is poisonous.
Thank goodness that proved to be an
incorrect theory ;)
It's a pity it was dispatched before we could find out that it wasn't a threat to us, but was, in fact, a very helpful fellow. But, too late to cry over spilt milk / a deceased snake lol
|Thank goodness for the table saw|
that RMan scored from the auction back in 2011
But, I digress - to get back to the mulch protector.
My request to RMan involved him pulling out his table saw which he scored from that auction all those years ago. I have to say it certainly has come in handy round the property :)
|RMan chopping up the 3.0mtr long droppers|
With a cut here, and a cut there, plus a whole bunch more, we ended up with this...
|Literally within 15 minutes of completing these|
mulch protectors, the chickens arrived to
confirm that it would work :)
... a mulch protector :)
|All it took to make was 10 - 12 X 3mtr long|
"droppers", 3 X support posts, 4 X cross posts,
umpteen short vertical posts, and exactly 6 screws
Between the horizontal cross posts we inserted a whole bunch of 300mm high vertical posts which will act as the mulch protector "fence".
|It looks quite cute - and goes with all the other|
wood we have requisitioned for whatever use
As for the fruit trees - as they are part of our "food" production, they are going to get some extra special treatment. More on that in September when it happens...