Cold weather has arrived. Killing frost has eliminated much of the browse favored by the goats. Hay goes into the hay troughs and twine accumulates in the barn.
My old barn accommodates square bales. I prefer them as they are small enough for me to handle. The flakes are easy to count out for the goats.
Each bale is tied with two lengths of twine. Each piece is about five feet long. It’s good twine, too good to throw away.
So the piles accumulate. A long nail is covered. Another nail is covered. they are piled so high new pieces slide off.
One pile is almost gone now. It moved to the garden.
I started with two cattle panels bent to form a long trellis so the inside could have some shade. That end of the garden got far too hot for most plants during the summer.
Then I thought about covering this shade house with plastic to form a cold greenhouse over the winter. This worked well. In fact, on sunny days the inside was a balmy summer day.
Then the wind began. We’ve always had some wind. A few days here and there weren’t a problem. Breezes weren’t a problem.
Now the wind blows most days hard enough to blow the plastic off the winter greenhouse. Plastic is hard to hold down when its laying over wire panels.
Watching the plastic made me think. The wind pulls the plastic up. It also gets inside and billows the plastic up.
I tried tossing some flexible wire pieces over the plastic. These helped, but would slide off.
Twine offered a possible solution. So the pile moved out to the garden.
Three pieces tied together would go over the panels. Each cattle panel had three of these lengths tied to on end.
Plastic went on the panels. Twine went over the plastic.
This did present a new problem as the twine kept the plastic from reaching the ground. The side garden beds are now buried under manure and mulch. This blocks the spaces.
The cabbage and Brussels sprouts plants weren’t happy about killing frost. Now they have their greenhouse to thwart the next round of frosts.
An old post has instructions for braiding a lead rope from baling twine. Find it here.