But then I read an article that lettuce is okay for horse to have, too! I'd already planted lettuce for me, but it wasn't going to be enough to share with the horses, so my brain made another big jump and said, "well, why don't you just plant a garden for the horses, in their pen, that they can graze on?" And then the other half of my brain said, "That's a GREAT idea!".
So I dialed up Deejo, who provided me with the pallet collars for the human garden and told him I needed more because I was going to plant a garden for the horses. Luckily, having the Bionic Cowgirl for a mother has rendered him immune to crazy horse ideas. He didn't even sigh very heavily when I told him what I needed the collars for.
He turned up at the house with the most amazing planting boxes. I thought the pallet collars were cool, but these were even better!
I didn't have nearly enough left over soil, so I headed to Home Depot to get more. I picked up some sand for drainage and more soil and as I was standing there at the checkout line, there was a bag of grow anywhere grass seed! In an instant, my whole plan changed from a lettuce bed to boxes of grass! If I could get grass established, I wouldn't have to replant every year! Trust me, I was feeling really brilliant at this point.
A couple of weekends ago, Jay and I had time to work on house projects and I was determined to get the horse garden in. He set to work on making picnic benches and I started the garden.
|I drilled random holes in the bottom for drainage (and only broke two drill bits)|
|Then I put down weed barrier to keep the sand from falling out.|
|Random sand for drainage|
|Then soil and grass seed|
I used a million staples to attach the netting and chased the horses away from their garden two million times.
|You can see how well chasing them away worked.|
They finally lost interest in the garden and I breathed a sigh of relief. But it was short-lived. The next morning, I found they'd "helped" me by removing the netting.
|No more chicken netting|
|They very helpfully rearranged the dirt as well|
Each day for a week, I went out with the rake and smoothed out the soil. I even watered it a couple of times, because I was still determined to get a damn garden for them. Just as I was about to fall asleep one night, I thought to use my Google-fu to find the wire mesh I wanted. Google assured me that Home Depot sold just what I was looking for, but I had been looking for it in the wrong department.
The next free day we had, Jay and I went to spend our Jax gift certificates at the farm and ranch store. While we were there, Jay looked at me and said, "this is a farm store, I bet they have what you're looking for!" By jove, he was right!
I was a happy, happy girl.
Last Saturday, while Jay was at work, my sister Nebalee came over to help me with the horse garden. I could have done it alone, but it's more fun with help. The horses had pushed a lot of the soil out of the boxes, so I picked up a couple more bags of soil and another bag of grass seed and we started again.
|Apparently, Mr. Nebalee doesn't allow her to play with the power tools.|
I was surprised to find that despite all of the horses' play time with the dirt, the seeds had sprouted! There were tons of roots growing in the rearranged mounds of soil. That grow anywhere stuff, really is grow anywhere!
It's not quite been a week since we put the wire mesh over the top, and we've had to add another piece of wood to help anchor the mesh, but the garden is still intact and (here's the best part!) grass is growing!!!!
|That you can see and everything!|