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.

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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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Then we tie the stakes together with some garden twine.  I'll pass you a length, Franny!

4 Then we tie the stakes together with some garden twine. I'll pass you a length, Franny!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Let's check out the boxwood around the peony garden to make sure they're all secure!

7 Let's check out the boxwood around the peony garden to make sure they're all secure!

I'll go down this side, Franny!

8 I'll go down this side, Franny!

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.

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.

These have all been tied with twine and also secured with a plastic zip tie.  These should remain upright all winter.

10 These have all been tied with twine and also secured with a plastic zip tie. These should remain upright all winter.

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!

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!

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!

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!

Comments (9)

  • Good Morning F & S

    Between planting all those bulbs and now covering everything with burlap the two of you must be exhausted! Where is GK how come he isn't helping? He is so big and strong he should be carrying all the stakes!

    So it's Monday can I ask where Saturday and Sunday went? Mom was home all day Saturday which was nice getting the tables, dishes and linens all ready for Turkey Day. Yesterday she was Christmas shopping all day and when I checked the bags there was nothing for me :(

    F & S are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? What are my glue squad buddies planning for Turkey Day?

    Zoe

  • Good morning ladies,
    work, work, work. It keeps us in good shape though. Zoe has a great idea there. G.K. should have a fabric "saddle" with a bag on each side to carry bundles of bamboo sticks. Mimi has sprayed our brand new boxwoods with dessicant for the winter. This is there first winter & she's concerned about rabbits nibbling on them.
    Mimi starts baking dinner rolls today & off to the local orchard for pie apples & applesauce apples. Maybe a couple of apple donuts, too! hehehe....
    I'll be back to see how everybodys weekend went. We washed some windows and put up the paper snowflakes in the big entryway window.
    Your pal,
    Rebel
    p.s. I had my first clear skin scrapping on Friday and I am growing fur on my chest! YEA! Keeping up the baths (yuck), shots (not so bad) and pills (not so bad either). I've been playing with my toys, too. Guess I'm getting better.

  • Good morning everyone,
    Before I begin Karen wanted me to thank everyone again for all the Birthday wishes she received, the pictures, the cards, emails, the whole thing. She said you all put a great big smile on her face.
    Now for my stuff, GK, you should be helping rhe girls they work so hard around the farm and you are so strong, you could lighten their load. Don't be a slacker. I am so glad that my little buddy Rebel is doing much better. Zoe, your mom didn't have any gifts for you because Santa is deciding if you are on the naughty or nice list. Hehehehehehe. Just kidding. But no matter what you do or how much TP you eat, you are on our cute list.
    All kinds of things going on with the Glue Squad. Lynn is away enjoying a little R & R, Kirby is or was away, Baby Favor is getting a new family member and I imagine that Abby, Dudley, Missy Chow, Delia, Gail, Sonya and the others are all preparing for Thanksgiving. Lots of activity. Cora-Belle, I hope you are wearing your beautiful vest. It will keep you warm. Pam, it was good to see you commented over the weekend.
    Well, Karen is back home so I am no longer in charge. She gave me a weird look when she saw ALL the treats are gone. Hehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, WOW! You outstanding girls sure do great work hard there at Martha's farm and I'm sure the workers enjoy your helping ability! Where is GK? Zoe is right, he could help you all a lot! You beautiful girls look so lovely in these photos! Zoe, it's very rainy and windy here again today and is supposed to be like that all week! Sure hope we don't get any flooding! Rebel, I am so glad you are feeling much better and so glad your fur is growing back! Delia, Happy Anniversary! 49 years is great! My hug for you and Kitty, too! Gail, how nice that it was sunny in New Hampshire! Wish our wind and rain would go away! Abby, I was raised by a kitty for most of my 1st year and I act like her and love kitties, especially JD and Kitty!! Cora-Belle, hope you can walk better real soon! How right you are that every dog and critter is special-You sure are! Missy Chow, bet you had fun shopping with Mom! Hope we get to see what Mom bought you! Hi to Sonya and Pam! Maddox, I love you, too and all of our buddies! Will check back later and hope all of you have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Oh my, Francesca and Sharkey helping again! such good girls! I didn't know that boxwood was that delicate, I learned something new! You Frenchies are so helpful. :-)
    We are having TG at our youngest daughters house. Kitty will be alone, I have not told her yet! Good thing the weather is suppose to be the best ever...thank goodness! We will be bringing home leftovers for her.

    Got to run...again! everyone have a grand Monday ;-)

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Farm work is never done is it ladies? G.K. were you off exploring again? Be a big boy and help your sisters out then you can go exploring. Mild weather is on its way for Thanksgiving and that's fine by me. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and is gearing up for Thanksgiving. Cora-Belle, I'm praying that you are able to walk normally real soon. Rebel, hang in there little boy and feel better. :smile:

  • Never fear, the frenchies are here!

    Lending a helping paw is right up your alley, or should I say "Allee"! :)

    It's been gorgeous here in NH! Cool mornings and sunny days.

    I'm hoping Mother Nature averts any snow and ice this Winter.

    What are the chances of that happening? :)

    Have a super day..

    gail

  • Hi Girls & Glue Squad, You girls are so busy helping to stake all the bushes: I'm sure Phurba and Chhewang appreciated all your help. GK, where are you?? Don't get too tired, you want to enjoy the holiday on Thursday. So happy to hear that Rebel is doing much better and some fur is growing back. Are you helping Mimi bake today? Don't worry Zoe, I'm sure Mom will get you something real nice. Cora-Belle, how are you going? Make sure you wear your vest, the weather is changing and getting a little colder. Maddox, you rascal, did you really eat all the treats; I hope you shared them. Dudley Do Right, sure hope the rain stops for you real soon. Kitty, did Mom like her card? Hope all my other buddies are doing okay, Abby, James Rebel, Kirby Bear - Lynn, you enjoy yourself, Hi Delia, Gail & Sonya.

    Oh by the way, Mom said the full moon must be near, ;) you see I got into her decorations once again this weekend; then took the small grapevine wreath off the hutch, and tried to rearrange the silk flowers again, but this time, they came off...oops! Mom & Dad have been talking about the Christmas tree or lack of; I'm not so sure what they are going to decide this year; but remember I do like to investigate & check things out. :) Will keep you posted on that one!!!!

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • ..wow..you frenchies are such helpers..I helped james drive Lucinda to her dr. appointment today..big storm..trees down, flooding.. gusts of wind up to 80mph..it was real exciting..we made it though..but we were prepared, had the chain saw and shovel with us...the good part was she got in early because of all the cancellations..now we are all snuggy and have the generator ready to go if the power goes out..we did pop down and look at the ocean..the surf was wild..no time for maple bars and mochas we were on a mission..wow..I must take a snooze..then there is talk of warrior prince cookies..yummy!over and out, Cora-Belle p.s. Rebel, my little buddy glad to hear you are doing better!

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