We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough? — Wendell Berry
This week Bonny inspired me to share my garden with you all. We have problems with deer so the “main garden” is a little like Fort Knox. There is fencing, and netting, and woven mesh wire… and thus far we have been successful keeping the deer out.
We added the mesh wire (and a little garden annex) two years ago when the rabbits laughed at our fencing and netting. Peter Rabbit and his sisters slept under our rose plants (yes, they are in the main garden…don’t ask, lol). And they ate every.last.bean! Little rascals. They have yet to figure out a way around the mesh wire, but trust me…they are trying!
Let’s take a little walk through my tiny garden where I have four kinds of tomatoes (Pozanno, Oxheart, Husky Cherry Red, and Cuban Yellow Grape), yellow and green bush beans, and an unknown variety of orange sweet peppers…not too much, just enough!
Yes, the patio pot is living on the edge. No fencing. No mesh wire. No netting. And curiously, not one animal has even shown a modicum of interest in it.
I hope you enjoyed my brief garden tour! Have an awesome weekend and I will see you back here on Tuesday when I join Honoré for an update on my word!
Post Script: I had written this post earlier in the week when the breaking news was, well, normal breaking news…and then all hell continued to break loose. From police brutality to an explosion of COVID-19 cases.
I don’t know what to do about police brutality, but their ongoing killing of people is making me so angry!
But, I do know what to do about the spread of COVID-19…Please stay home, and if you can’t – wear a mask when you are out, and wash your hands! But really… just stay home!
Despite some very persistent critters, your garden is looking good! Maybe all the dumb animals move to MD. We have fencing all around to protect against deer, but the guy two houses down doesn’t have anything and none of his plants have been chewed on. We’ve seen rabbits, groundhogs, and chipmunks just sit outside the fence and look in, but none have made an attempt even though I’m pretty sure they could fit through the fence or dig under it. We had to resort to electric fence in NJ because deer just laughed at our fence and jumped over. Keep growing!
lovely garden tour! We do not try to stop the critters but then we are not hardcore gardeners. Your garden will be teeming with vegetables before you know it.
Well you are having lots of success so far with your garden – lots of blooms and growth. You do have to go to great lengths to keep out the animals and sometimes they figure out how to get at it all anyway! Clever critters! Good luck!
What a lovely garden, Kat! Thanks for the tour. You really have a secure system in place to keep out the critters — or at least to make it really hard for them to completely destroy everything in one dinner session! Here’s to a bountiful harvest!
Your garden looks amazing. I’m in awe of your ability to take care of all of it by yourself!! You took some really amazing pictures.
And yes – the world is so scary right now. I have nothing to offer you, except to tell you that you’re not alone with your feelings.
Your garden looks marvelous! We’ve had critter issues in the past, but this year the problem seems to be the plants just mysteriously dying. I had three tomato plants to start with and only one left alive. And it has only one tomato growing despite having a fair number of flowers. At least my marigolds and hydrangeas are doing well — and at least we’re not depending on our veg garden to feed us!
We have rabbits here too, they eat everything don’t they. Rabbit proofing our garden was one of the the first things we did when we moved to this house 17 year ago. We dug our netting down into the ground to stop them burrowing under. Last year we found two rabbits in the garden! They had found holes in the netting which is starting to fail in places after all that time. We have a lot of rain here so it is not surprising.
You have so many wonderful plants which I hope you manage to keep from the munching of rabbits and deer.
I had to smile when you wrote your garden looks a little like Fort Knox. When you harvest those veggies, you won’t care what it looked like. The critters are persistent.