Garden Update 5.27.13

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.

Fenced Garden

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.

Low Fencing

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.

Central Leader Broken

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.

Chewed Comice

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).

Currants Loaded with Berries

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.

Blooming Palm

In some ways, they remind me of when pine trees bloom–not pretty, just weird.

Palm Blooms

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.

Rainbow Collage

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?

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5 thoughts on “Garden Update 5.27.13

  1. Our garden is so far behind, as in hasn’t been planted! The cold weather really put a dent in it and then there was no time with everything going on. Hopefully this week…?

  2. Oh dear, I can feel your pain, and I WILL NOT say “I told you so” like others did to us. When we lived on Shaw Island, we planted in the old chicken coop yard. It was really good soil, but it was pretty big, and the deer could easily jump over the 6′ fence. So, we upped it to an 8′ fence and that worked pretty darn well, with just a couple of ‘eager-beaver’ bucks showing off jumping their skills.They didn’t quite make it however, and landed on top of the fence and had to back their way out. Then we had them come up on the deck to eat the flowers from the hanging baskets, and regularly chomped down on the plants around the house, and we found them eating the lower plums and apples, and in the spring they tore the trees apart taking the ‘fuzzy stuff’ they get on their racks, and then their racks themselves off,
    We had geese, both domestic and Canadian, around to keep the slugs out, and a dog to chase everything the bunnies, deer and the geese…………..oh and I didn’t even tell you about the raccoon! They really liked everything we planted, and could climb very well. They showed up at our sliding door off the deck and would tap on the windows begging for food.
    Don’t give up, the first couple of years getting everything situated to live compatibly with ‘nature’ is expensive, and time consuming, but after that it is possible to co-exist with the wildlife with little or no frustration until the birds find their ‘new restaurant’ in your tree tops with the ripening fruit. We never did find out what worked best.. Net is just a mess, and tinsel worked a little bit until they got used to it. One neighbor hung dead birds from the branches, but that seemed too drastic.
    Good luck, the fencing kind of ruins the symmetry of your pasture but that is the price you have to pay to have a ‘working garden’.in the wild.

    • We are hoping the fencing around the orchard will be temporary. The neighbors down the road only have it out for part if the year.

      Dead birds sounds disgusting, so we’ll pass on that and see how it goes.

      We’re hoping the vegetable garden is narrow enough to deter the deer from jumping into it.

      It will all get easier after this year.

      And no deer or raccoons on the deck so far. Thanks for the encouragement.

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