I’ve gotta admit: I’m a total tech-head. My husband is a web designer and Apple specialist (we call him the iDoctor), and he’s quite the technophile. Here at HQ, computers control the show: multiple synced wireless devices integrate with airport speakers on three floors, a Mac Mini runs the television, and there are hourly, automated backups. We’ve got the gizmos and the whiz-bangs and the purty matching iphones. Even our incomes are intimately tied to, and ultimately reliant upon, our laptops.
And I’m happily high-tech in so many ways, but I’ve got to be honest: when I can successfully implement something like this – the lowest of low-tech solutions – it gets me giddier than geek at Macworld.
Enthusiastic pooches, in hot pursuit of city kitties (who in turn are stalking backyard hens) barrel through my raised beds and unwittingly trample my precious veggies. I need to keep the canine crusaders at bay, without restricting my own access or corrupting my garden’s aesthetic.
Hot pink string.
I love my boy-dogs dearly, but they’re not the brightest little bulbs. The mere illusion of a barrier is quite enough to stop them dead in their tracks, and protect my delicate seedlings from certain doggy destruction. See?
I built a sort of ‘web wall’ here, but you could just as easily wrap the string around the corner posts of the planter box itself, containing just the bed. There’s a ton of applications, and I think this technique could address all sorts of garden mischief. Ahh, simplicity. Who needs all them whiz-bang gizmos, anyway?! (I do!, I do!)