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A desert garden
That is a well-protected garden spot. I am reminded of Jean Pain's hot garden in the south of France, covered with a similar house built of branches - which he covered with more branches as summer heated up. Do you cover this enclosure later?
I'm curious too. What are you trying to keep out? Or is it the plants that you're trying to keep from wandering in the desert? They should know that that wouldn't end well for them!
Admirable effort! Do You have any problems with desert winds?
We have ground squirrels, cotton tails and jack rabbits and chipmunks (as well as birds), tons of them that eat everything, except daffodils. Other than the bunnies, they all can scale any fence one builds, or dig under (there's wire on the bottom too, which you can't see.) Growing a small jardin for two, well, there isn't a lot to share with nature's creatures. Thus, the fortress. But, it's a nice cozy place actually. I sit out there in the summer and watch the plants grow, unfettered by creatures. The first year we tried a garden here was a tangle of chicken wire, then netting, until we could not reach the fruits of our labors but the critters could. This solved the problem. And yes, we have to be careful when we plant, last year we hit a day when it was hot and windy and that was a disaster for some of the plants.
Oh, and no, we don't cover it later. We simply are selective in what we plant and make sure they enjoy lots of sunshine. T'is the winds that can do damage, but the earth boxes keep the roots well nourished and the plants usually recover.
It sounds a little mean, but I like your *go for the throat* approach to solving a swarm of little problems that add up. Although I'm not sure if you're using vegetable transplants, one of Jean Pain's ingeneous ways of dealing with high heat at transplanting time was to dip the transplants in a clay slip - like a thin clay gravy. The coating protected the leaves from moisture loss & by the time it washed or fell off, the roots were functional.

 

 

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