Unexpected vs. Uninvited

Unexpected guests can be a delightful thing. You hear a random knock only to find old friends on the doorstep. Suddenly, a quiet evening has turned into a party. Or out of the blue you get a text and your headed out for an evening of dinner, and laughter, and catching up.

We’ve even invited friends for a weekend away and had them show up with some tagalongs. The more the merrier; people are always welcome.

It’s the uninvited that bring me down; the uninvited garden guests to be specific. The MR took Cocoa for her evening walk the other night and found giant slugs dessicating our newly-planted columbine. And when I went down to the check the state of our garden I found unequivocal evidence of invaders.

The first sign was random onions tossed about.

Moving along, I found carrots similarly thrown aside. Invaders, let it be known, if you’re going to tear up my vegetables, you can at least have the decency to eat them.

But I had the last laugh. Whatever has been messing with my garden appears to have had a bit of trouble exiting.

Now that the weather seems to have turned—we’ve had a run of dry, hot days—I’ll have to see if the garden has dried out enough for proper weeding. It’s just so much more fun to work outside when it’s quiet and peaceful, and I can listen to the birds. For the next few weeks, my efforts will be accompanied by the sound of hammers as work on the deck continues.

To be honest me and the MR have been playing hooky for the last few days down in Mexico. We spent a long weekend with my brother and his lovely wife at the Viceroy down in Zihuatenjo. Good food and good friends coupled with sunshine made for a lovely weekend.

But now it’s back deck repairs, garden mishaps, and real life.

How do you get rid of those uninvited guests?


3 thoughts on “Unexpected vs. Uninvited

  1. OK, this is what we did when we lived on Shaw Island in the San Juan Islands. We added wire outside the old chicken coup, and the soil was so rich and earthy smelling, and moist, as chicken droppings are excellent for holding water. We then bought 8′ actually taller, high, wire with 1/2″ holes in it, square holes. First we dug the circumference of the garden about 6″ down and a foot wide inside and 5″ on the outside. We then covered the 6″ inside again with rocks and with the dirt we had taken out, and bent the rest of the 8′ fencing up. That way the animals could not burrow underneath the fencing. You could also push down the metal flower bed dividers/definers, that a pretty wide and deep. Then bend the fencing up to attach to the poles, you had already installed like in the orchard. Since we too lived in the woods, we also had issues with huge slugs, so we got a couple of geese to roam the area free range, and they honked to keep away the deer, and other varmints and ate all the slugs.and we gathered the eggs and gave them away to neighbors.They did eat all my flowers however, so that might not be a good idea for your yard. You could also buy raised beds on wheels (I saw them waist high) and put them by the windows in front of the sink on your deck We will see you soon.

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