Someone’s poaching my veggies –

deer image courtesy of X posidLet’s talk gardening, shall we?

Vegetables, to be precise.

Mine is a hanging version this year. Yes, I’ve reverted to the I-live-in-a-tiny-apartment-with-only-this-ridiculously-small-balcony-in-which-to-garden plan. Nevermind that I live in the country and have acres at my disposal. I can’t plant anything and hold out even a glimmer of hope for harvest.

Why, you ask?

I have deer. Ungulates. They might as well be giant mouths on hooves. Everything goes into the maw and is chewed. They already ate half my plum trees this year and the fruit isn’t even ripe. And, there are all sorts of other ravenous beasties that want to dine on my tomatoes and squash.

Every day I go out on my porch and water my nine hanging baskets, I think about how nice it would be to have a real garden again, like I did in the city. There’s something wrong with that realization. I like the deer. They’re sweet and loveable, entertaining to watch, insatiably curious, and insatiably hungry. You take the bad with the good. The upside is that gardening on the front porch is very lazy and convenient. It’s possible to grow quite a lot of fresh herbs and veggies in a very small space.

But next year…

We’re getting out the big fence and making a deer-proof, rabbit-proof, everything-proof yard. I’ll even share the surplus with the wildlife. I just want my share.

Do you garden? Do you have to share with the neighbors too?

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  1. #1 by Tammy on September 1, 2016 - 10:04 am

    I used to grow a salsa garden and make garden fresh salsa. It was delicious. Unfortunately, the squirrels decided they liked my tomatoes as well. One bite out of every single tomato. I finally gave up. I now go to a produce stand and buy beautiful, juicy heirloom tomatoes and end them in front of the squirrels, taunting them and thoroughly enjoying myself!

  2. #2 by wampakee on September 1, 2016 - 1:31 pm

    Lucky you. The tomatoes here (look there’s an ‘e’ at the end of that word), even at the Farmer’s markets are like stiff pink bicycle wheels. I may resort to a greenhouse next year. Or put a grow light over the bathtub….

    Be careful about those squirrels. They hold grudges.

  3. #3 by Shannon on September 8, 2016 - 3:23 am

    I live in a tiny apartment and don’t even have a place for hanging baskets. I’ve toyed with the idea of something in a planter on the kitchen windowsill but I’m not sure it would be worth the hassle and mess for a handful of pathetic carrots or whatever would be the result. Good luck on your deer/bear/rabbit/squirrel/etc-proof garden!

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