I had visions of Monday posts being a showcase for all the wonderful things going on in our gardens and then reality hits.
It’s rained off and on all week long, and today there’s only an 80 percent chance. I guess we’ll be skipping the backyard BBQ. All this talk of rain is just a distraction from the real problem. We are totally losing our fight against the wild. Round one goes to the bunnies and deer. They are eating everything in sight. Never fear; the battle may be lost, but the war is far from over.
Last week, I showed you the poor sad remains of our pea plants. This week, I don’t have even that meager offering. But the MR pulled out the big guns. We aren’t about to be defeated by cute, little, furry rabbits.
A friend of mine mentioned she was having success gardening in her old dog run with buried fencing. We haven’t gone that far, but the MR did run extra fencing down low, and filled in with dirt and rocks.
I replanted carrots, lettuce, peas, and added some beets to the mix. I guess we’ll wait and see how it all turns out. The MR says it’s going to wind up costing about $70 for each head of lettuce at this rate. Let’s hope he’s exaggerating.
After planting my seeds, I wandered over to the orchard to remove the dead branches from the blueberries only to find more trouble. Deer have nibbled steadily on most of the trees and broken off the central leader on our Comice Pear.
Perhaps they did us a favor. Pears tend to grow straight up; now we’ll get that open, vase-shape with good air flow we desired.
It’s not all bad news. For whatever reason, the deer don’t seem to like the currants. It appears we’ll have a bumper crop this year. While currants aren’t the best for fresh eating, I did find some really great recipes to try out last year. The Italian Chicken was amazing (you can check it out here).
The MR was researching ways to keep the deer at bay. The most innocuous relied on shavings of Irish Spring soap; another required a concoction of perfume and eggs blended and left to rot. I’ve read metallic streamers can scare them off. The MR has some fencing on order. It won’t be as permanent as the garden fencing, but I hope it will do the trick. It’ll make it a lot easier for me to pick berries; we just have to deal with the birds when that time comes.
It isn’t all gloom and doom around here. The palm tree continues to bloom; it really is quite intriguing.
In some ways, they remind me of when pine trees bloom–not pretty, just weird.
All the rain, and stormy weather has had one benefit. We’ve been enjoying beautiful rainbows four of the last five days. It really has been spectacular.
Next week, I hope to be back with actual seedlings coming up in my garden or maybe just more fencing. The wild has not overcome us yet.
How does your garden grow? Any sure fire ways to get rid of deer?