November 19th, 2012
The Great Burlap Project Begins!
Posted by F&S
Well, it's that time of year again when so much of the farm gets covered up with burlap for protection from the harsh elements of winter. The crew has been busy pounding in stakes and tying them together and we Frenchies always like to chip in and help with so many projects.
1 Let's go, Sharkey! We need to chip in and help with the bamboo staking! There is so much boxwood on the property that needs to be covered with burlap and Phurba and Chhewang could really use our help!
2 Martha takes all sorts of precautions for winter. The boxwood has already been sprayed with an anti-desiccant spray. It's a protective layer that helps the plants cope with sudden temperature changes.
3 For the burlap, we make a frame by pounding bamboo stakes in the ground at an angle and crossing them at the top, like an X. I'll just place this bamboo crosspiece on top.
4 Then we tie the stakes together with some garden twine. I'll pass you a length, Franny!
5 All tied and it's nice and secure. Once we have all of the bamboo framing up, we can start wrapping it with all those yards and yards of burlap. Burlap is a natural, breathable material that allows for good air circulation.
6 That's right, Franny! As we know, it gets mighty cold here at the farm and damage can occur to trees and shrubs from large amounts of ice and snow. A burlap covered frame protects these shrubs from broken branches and windburn.
7 Let's check out the boxwood around the peony garden to make sure they're all secure!
8 I'll go down this side, Franny!
9 These stakes are firmly planted in the ground, which is important because we don't want them falling over during strong gusts of wind! Bamboo is rigid and strong and can hold up a lot of weight, like heavy snow.
10 These have all been tied with twine and also secured with a plastic zip tie. These should remain upright all winter.
11 Are there any more bamboo stakes in this bag, Franny? We have a lot more framing to do. We haven't even started the long boxwood allee leading to the stable!
12 Franny, it looks like we'll have to get more bamboo from the equipment shed. To the Kawasaki! Winter is approaching fast and we have no time to waste!
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