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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
Randy, rabbits, vokes, and slugs take their toll, and birds in the summer. I hope to have enough for me after they take theirs!
Potatoes have all come up, yay! Favas too. Peas were all eaten by slugs or bugs. Garlic is looking strong, and I weeded it all, on sunday. onions are planted, and some radishep and greens seeds. Still getting collards but they are starting to send up flower stalks, so the end is near :-)
The sentence that states "or plants other than a taste" should read "squash or pumpkin plants other than..." They also eat rose bushes and domestic blackberry brambles but not wild blackberry brambles. They dont eat herbs, like mint, rosemary, lemon balm, or sage.
There's a family of deer that often browse my yard. Sometimes they will be chewing on a tree and I shout at them and tell them to stop. One time I was less than 10 feet away and she wouldnt stop eating that fig tree. They can eat an entire garden or young tree overnight. They have no natural predators here so their numbers rise until they are too populous for their food. They easily jump over 6 foot fences. My biggest gardening expense is for deer cages for fruit trees and vegetable beds. The eat appke, pear, persimmon, plum, peach, and cherry trees, and tomatoes, beans, peas to nothingness. They dont eat potato, onion, garlic, squash or plants other than a taste. They dont eat maple, fir, or pine trees and just nibble on linden. They eat tulips but not daffodils, marigolds, or cosmos.
Wow! I've never seen more than one deer at a time, and never except when I walked through the woods. Even then, I think I've only seen 3 in my life.
I'm going to try dandelion greens right away while it's still cold. Maybe my bitter-sensitive tongue won't be as repelled.
You peeps with the wildlife make it sound interesting, despite the problems they bring.
Maybe it's the location? Or maybe I can't taste bitter so much. I've been enjoying dandelion greens here. They are growing very lush with the spring rains and cool weather, maybe that decreases the intensity.
The first of the collards and tomato seedlings germinated this am. The heat mat really speeds them up. Starting to feel more motivated.
Yesterday I replanted radishes and mesclun that I sowed a month ago and they didn't do much. We'll see if they do better this time. Old seeds, might not be viable. Also slugs might have eaten them all off before they got growing.
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