It's tiresome really, all this maintenance and revisiting projects that you thought you'd done right the first time. The garden is now 11 years old, and for the past few years, a few of the fence rails had been bowing and twisting. Tim kept saying "I'm going to replace that one" but in the end, he decided to do them all.
The one pictured above really hadn't warped until last year and then it went whole hog, actually pulling the posts out of plumb.
When Tim tried to remove it, it crumbled into a thousand shards. He mentioned that he ought to get the receipt and take it back to the lumber yard (because we save all our receipts) and let them know that their product was not satisfactory. But the week after the lumber yard was wiped out by a tornado.
Thank you Karma. But that was a little extreme.
The 2x4 rails were replaced with a 2x4 topped with a 2x6 to stiffen them
All of the posts were re-plumbed and the whole thing looks fresh and new
The broccoli and cauliflower still aren't doing much yet. We've had a few sunny 60 degree days, but today they are under a second frost cover to block the 40 mph north wind from sweeping down the tunnel and flattening them. The temperatures are in the mid-30s and there are a few snowflakes in the air. A good day to stay indoors. I'm satisfied that I have my second planting of peas in, the carrots seeded, and the broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce ready to roll once the weather co-operates.
My spring planting is all done
It will be greenhouse season soon. I can't wait!