The Garden Gated


Next week the story here will be the Fortress Garden. Post holes have been augured, concrete truck is coming soon, and by the middle of next week I’ll be able to post to the deer-world our challenge: Bring it on, Rats on Stilts!

This image was one of the very first digital images I ever took–in April 2002–with the Nikon Coolpix 950 newly arrived in my life then. It was love at first sight, swivel body and all.

This place is a mile down mountain from where our road meets the hardtop–which you can see snaking its way down towards Shawsville–with Goose Creek meandering around the rocky prominence upon which this old farmstead has stood for many years( and where some artist-friends currently live). It is one of the most picturesque places the most folks don’t realize is still in Floyd County–but not by much.

5 Replies to “The Garden Gated”

  1. I wonder if those wobbly sheds are still standing 6 years later. What a beautiful, peaceful scene!

  2. See, this is why I stopped gardening: it was no fun to garden inside a fortress. And even with eight-foot-high fences, the deer still managed to get in. Fortunately, the valley right below us is full of truck-farming Amish now.

  3. Oh, and yes – as long as we had dogs, we could get away with just a low fence. We kept the dog house right next to the garden.

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