Photo credit: Louise, the Storyteller’s Abode

Written as part of a challenge called Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, details are available at https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/fffaw-challenge-week-of-july-26-2016/

Jonathan had finished installing the final tripwire.  The electric fence had been burrowed underneath.  Scent markers, mole repellents, harsh chemicals, bundles of human hair, everything short of armed combat has led to rows of plants dissapearing overnight. 

“Eden was populated by a snake.  The snake simply made us suffer but left the food alone!  He did not seem to believe destroying all food sources was appropriate.  Save a single apple!  These horrific beasts…..these horrific spawn…I don’t know if I need to use silver tips to defend my garden.” Jonathan stares out along the perimeter.   His long rifle would do just fine,  but the bleeding hearts that eat from the grocery oppose this idea with laws. “Let the varmints take away their can opener!  Chew the compressor out of their fridges!”

He looks at the harvest wheelbarrow, empty. He sighs.  “It was a work of love.  There is no share with these critters.  They take and take.   Why can’t they understand a little is OK?! They know no limits!” The one groundhog looks at his friend.  

His empty eyes looks at all the food for just him alone.  He never appreciates the hard work done to loosen the soil. Last time it was sharp rocks under the fence.  Then the electric fence.  Poison that bleed into his good as well. Noises to scare them off. They were under attack.  The farmer stole their families home.  Then locked them out.

The rivals locked in a fierce struggle.  The outcome will never completely be said.  Just escalating tactics. 

“I’ll harpon which ever ones of you dare step here.” Jonathan steps off the board. He hears a thud.  His shin burns.  He set off his own trap.  This time it’s a bruise. 

Smart Wheat

Three Line Tales, Week Twenty-Four

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it. I can’t guarantee I’ll get round to updating the round-up later than that.
  • Have fun.

They laughed when the salesman told them at the peak harvest time the wheat would summons the tractor.   In a bit of horror and awe, the villagers looked on as a farmerless tractor harvested the wheat field. 
Noone asked about the farmerthat wasn’t there anymore. 

    Reblog – We Subsidize Most of Junk Food Crops

    We all know farmers have Crop protections that prevent the family farm from going belly up due to a bad year.   But when the family farm became corporate factory farms, we need the subsidies even more.   Dear God think of your 401k! 


    Sharing a Link or Two

    There’s this thing called glyphosate.  It binds plant proteins and kills lots of plants quickly and efficiently.  It’s been found by certain groups to be cancer causing.  The maker is called Monstanto.  They have created the worlds best selling toxin!  And it’s dumped by the gallon in most farmers fields in the world.  It also finds it way into the water.  It finds its way into plants that produce our food.  Remember it binds proteins, meaning it does let go easily.

    But what if it’s in you?  Well only one company makes it.  It has been shown to be a problem in cancer association.  If they was only a test for it….yeah, yeah there is.  

    The site below was passed on by https://earnestlydebra.wordpress.com.  If you read this far, click and see some awesome pics, learn somethings about the world around you, plus a Mayan calendar events and a healthy dose of Native American culture.
    Ridding the World of Monsanto – Zen Gardner


    Mark Builds Arbor for Grapes

    In my tree series,you may have noticed I buy clearance plants. One advantage of this is the plants aren’t expected to do much on the first year. If they live we have success. Well year two rolls around abs all of a sudden my bargain grapes  are attacking the garden and the yard simultaneously.

    Now I was left with two choices. I started with explaining that World War II future changed with the opening of the Eastern front, leading German forces to split their strength against superior numbers.  The grapes didn’t listen. The attack on the grass got worse on the “Mars” variety of grape. I wasn’t surprised somehow.  Choice two build it and they will climb.  A Trellis.


    I appropriated five 2″x2″, seven brackets, a bunch of #8 wood screws, four eyelet hooks, four open hooks, 100 feet of 20 gauge spooled wire, 8  1/8″ wire clips, and four turnbuckles.  And three single hole cinder blocks and a bag of fast setting concrete.  Other party favorites needed were a drill, a couple of drill bits (7/64″ and 1/4″), tape measure, level, needle nose pliers, screwdriver (or bit for drill)


    I measured my grapes and found that the node where the vines split at was about 18″ of the ground.  I drill holes for attaching hardware with the 7/64 bit and in middle post with the 1/4″ bit for passing the wire through. The height of the wires can be customized, or evenly spaced.  I placed a bracket at the top of two posts and two on a third that will be the middle post. I placed one 2″x2″ in place like an L shape to mark the resting place.  By placing the bracket in place and using a pen to mark where the screws will be placed.  Once all piece are marked, the small bit will create a pilot hoke for screws.  Be careful not to drill completely through the posts. From the bracket measure out the spacing you wish for your wires.  I choose uneven to match where my grapes branch now. I have over six feet of height after installed,even spacing would be about 15″ apart as the too would potential be another support.  Measure these four point out on post.  Drill partially through on the end with small bit.  The center piece is drilled all the way through for the wire to pass through with the larger drill bit.  Attach the hooks into the end pieces by hand.


    The cinder blocks are dug in.  The holes dug here used are not the same depth.  The land slopes and for final Arbor to level this maybe necessary.   You can start with same depth and back fill to make the top level.  It helps to have a second person.  But if you are alone put two posts a piece linking them.  Place the cinder blocks in holes, then attach the top piece.  Put a level on the top and check to see what adjustment is need. Once you get the first two done repeat with the third, but disconnect the first post only use two at a time or you may crack the wood or twist a bracket.


    If we are level, no we,a reddis the concrete.  The fast setting concrete takes about a gallon of water.  The small cinder blocks will allow for a single bag to cover all is them.   Place a ppst inside then pour enough concrete mix to fill the inside of block 2/3 and add about a quart of water.  Pivot the post side to side a bit without lifting.  Fill the rest of the block up.   You can sandwich the post between two buckets filled with water to hold in place.  You could add another piece of wood to support it as well by temporary screwing another piece to be a leg.  Two ensure the second post is spaced perfectly, I put the piece that would fit on top between the posts in the middle.  It can rest on the eye hooks of the first post.  But let the first post sit for about half hour to hour for concrete to set.  Repeat for last post. Once all posts are set you add the wood pieces on top to complete the frame.


    The wire that will support the vines needs to be connected.   The best way are wire clips.  They are U-bolts made really small. The clip goes on top of wire, you thread wire through loop and bring wire back through the U-bolts, then tighten.  The picture shows turnbuckle, but process is the same for the closed loops I started at the closed loop on our end side lowest on the post.  I threaded through the center post and then attached it to the turnbuckle as shown above.  The turnbuckle will slip on the opening hook on far post.  As shown, the wire is actually tightened by turning the turnbuckle.   After you install all the wires, you may need to retighten the first one.   You have created tension  across all the pieces and may have drawn the posts closer together.


    We have completed an Arbor.  I used a soft wire covered strapping to tie the grape vines to the wires.   The leaves will look flipped over but they will straighten out.  The grapes will need a little attention to keep them in their right place.   Once the vines are supported,  I will weed and pave a weed barrier and mulch to keep the vines happy.