I finally got the tightening on the chicken wire right. It wasn't easy. With new things, sometimes you gotta do it wrong a few times before you get it right. But I did. Now I have the tops as tight as is possible. The two other sides will be easy. The chicken wire there will just hang.
And because I have the top complete, it means I don't have to worry about dragging wire across the beds so I can finish planting corn and beans and cukes. A bit late for this year but I'll get some harvest. Next year will be the real start under the enclosure.
My tomatoes are doing very well. I have 8 heirloom tomato plants in cages, one hybrid Big Beef (for backup if diseases hit) and a cherry tomato for snacking. The bell peppers are growing well. And I have 2 whole beds now for Fall crops of Bok Choy, Leafy Celery, Radishes, Spinach, etc. I'll plant some garlic in a back row for harvest next Summer.
The screen door to the enclosure still needs adjustment, but it is closable enough to keep varmints out. The last remaining chicken wire is just going to be hung from the sides, and after all the exoerience of the top and other sides THAT will be a piece of cake. It is SO good to be nearly done with this project. I've had mostly better ones and this was about the worst.
Relining the pond will be simpler and I will be glad to get at that.
There is always SOMETHING.
I think that if I didn't have something to look forward to doing, I would just fold my cards and die.
But not today.
The hardest part of this projects has been the exteme physical work. Not general hard work, but the specific work my body isn't used to. Like pulling the chicken wire real tight by hand. It didn't seem all that bad at the time, but my hands cramped up seriously afterwards. I could barely prepare dinner later!
I m sure that if I did the same work daily, it would be just fine. But doing unusual things on an irregular basis is brutal. It was so, bad that I couldn't hold a kitchen knife. And since I was preparing a stir fry, there was a lot of knife-work. I had to take 2 ibuprofen and smear my left hand with a muscle relaxing cream. And even that took an hour to take effect.
Nothing like hand cramps to make preparing dinner hard...