Some of you may know that I have a wonderful hobby other than blogging. I am a science teacher at Oak Hill Christian School over in Reston, VA. I call it a hobby because teaching my students is never a job as they are a delight to work with even though they are teens and pre-teens! I am currently teaching a Botany course which I have to say is the most gratifying class I have ever taught. I may even like it more than Biology which would be rather impossible because I enjoy that so much. Botany has taken us outdoors and into the most fun projects. Our latest project was building a Victory Garden at the school.
We followed the directions of Mel Bartholomew in building our raised garden. But the thing I am most proud of is my Dad’s design of the Deer Guard. The book pointed us in one direction but Dad came up with an ingenious design that will keep deer out, will be safe around children, and will be easy to lift on and off the garden while still holding its shape.
The book describes permanently screwing the pvc into the frame then covering the frame with plastic which we felt would blow off or would be a pain to cover and uncover. We also did not want to use chicken wire as that could scrape up the students. The guard my Dad designed is all in one piece. He placed hooks and eyes on each corner and threaded two 1/2 inch pvc pipes through each hooks and eyes criss-crossing them at the top. Then he covered the pvc frame with plastic garden fencing using electrical ties as binds.
Thanks Dad for building our Victory Garden! Now I want one for my yard.
Oak Hill Builds a Victory Garden
HAPPY EARTH DAY!