Our 2021 garden: squash tunnel, day 4, and sacrificial spinach!

Today was set to be a scorcher, so when I did my morning rounds, I took the time to water all the garden beds before things got too hot, even though they got a thorough watering last night.

When I got to the spinach beds, I saw evidence of skulduggery!

The sacrificial spinach, at the ends of a couple of rows, were duly sacrificed.

I moved that pinwheel over from one of the beds with the wire mesh covers, after the fact. Not that they seem to be accomplishing much, anymore!

No surprise, when I finally went inside and checked the trail cams, that a deer was captured, wandering through the corn beds, on the way out of the yard. Considering that the deer did not even pause to nibble on anything, I’d say the sacrificial spinach did its job! 😉

Late this afternoon, when things were supposedly getting cooler again, the girls and I finished the squash tunnel.


We got the cross pieces put in place, then brought over the wire mesh for the vines to climb.

The roll of wire mesh I got was 50 feet long, and that was enough to cover 3 of 4 sections. At only 4 feet wide, there are gaps at each post, but we can weave twine between the sections of wire mesh, if it’s necessary.

My original thought was to use U nails (also called staples) to attach the mesh, but we ended up only needing to attach it to the bottom cross pieces. With one, we used wire saved from a previous roll of wire mesh that had been wrapped around it to keep it from unrolling. In cutting the first length, the second length had one end with the wire ends sticking out, and we were able wrap the end around the cross piece, then just twist the wire ends around to hold it in place. Other sections were tied in place with twine.

We just need to buy another roll of this mesh, and we can finish the last section. The main thing is that the end where the luffa is growing, now has something for them to climb.

The girls also noted that one post seemed to need support, so they added the rope and peg to hold it in place.

It’s a good thing this is meant to be temporary! 😀

By the time we were done, we were totally baked and headed inside to cool down for a while. We were at “only” 25C/77F with a humidex of 28C/82F but we were also in full sun, and there was no breeze. At least we could pop into the shade of the nearby lilac hedge, every now and then.

While I was doing the evening watering, the girls brought over the last of the straw and mulched around the squash tunnel. You can see in the photo that some of the luffa was grown long enough to reach the mesh, already. Hopefully, they will soon be making their way up the side on their own.

This whole thing really is rather slipshod and wonky. I look forward to when we have our permanent raised garden beds, and can build something more solid, elsewhere. But this will do for a year, maybe even two, depending on how our plans to plant trees in this area progress. Well, Not where this tunnel is, I don’t think. There are telephone lines buried somewhere under here.


I’m glad we finally got this done. At least as done as possible until we get more mesh for that last section. The forecast has changed again. Tomorrow, instead of thunderstorms, we’re expected to hit 31C/88F and maybe get some showers at some point. While I was doing the watering this evening, I used the water to make doing some hand weeding easier, and I could not believe how dry the soil was. I’d hate to think how dry it would have been if I’d decided it was damp enough this morning, and skipped the watering! The added mulch at these squash, gourds and melons will help keep their moisture better, at least. I look forward to having more mulch to add to the other beds as well.

Meanwhile, I hope we have some happy little squash, gourds and melons!

The Re-Farmer

4 thoughts on “Our 2021 garden: squash tunnel, day 4, and sacrificial spinach!

    • I certainly hope so!! I’d hate to do all this, and then have the plants get killed off, or not be productive. LOL That’s the down side of growing your own food. You never know what will go wrong!

      But, just in case, yes… we do have storage plans! 🙂

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      • Well, I think I FINALLY got WP to let me fully sign out of the other blog/site. Personally, I’m pretty optimistic that with all the work, especially the cages that you built, that you’ll have a decent harvest. Water and rainfall are the one remaining big wildcard at this point.

        Given how sturdy you’ve made those cages also, I hope you have storage plans for them as well, even if it’s only tying tarps over them to protect them from the snow (which, actually might make for good shelters for some of the more feral outdoor cats that don’t want to come near the house in winter…) Anyway, with a little care, I think you can get quite a few years of use out of those.

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