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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Wow, Daniel, that's a veritable plague of pests. I garden in the countryside, too (we're half a mile from the nearest residence to the south and a mile or more in the other directions), and we don't have much trouble at all. No fence, no need to net my sour cherries or raspberries, either. We do often see moose and deer and rabbits and woodchucks and bears, sometimes, and coons and skunks at night, but they seldom bother the garden. Probably all that wildlife here has so many better options farther afield. Late in the fall, after I've put the garden to bed (except for the B. sprouts), deer will venture out of the woods to nose up any carrots I may have missed and the eats the tops of the B. sprouts, though they leave the sprouts themselves for us. When a woodchuck does happen to blunder into the garden, which may happen once every few years, I know that, having discovered it, he'll keep coming back. So I get out the .22. That's the extent of the trouble we see here, though, I'm glad to say. I had to give up on sweet corn years ago, though. The raccoons cannot resist it.
It's good to see bear prints. I've seen overturned trash cans in N. Florida, and several reports of bear sightings in S Indiana. They're getting around.
What a beautiful garden & forest Don!
Thanks, Kathy. I do often wish that we had a longer growing season here (50 miles south of Quebec). Earlier this month we visited friends in Boone, NC, up in the mountains, though, and their garden wasn't much farther along than ours. Yet, this year I do think we have turned the corner at last. Hot and Humid and sunny again today--and that's the near-term forecast. In 40 years, thanks to a moderating climate (to put it benignly), our season has lengthened by nearly a month--two weeks on either end.
Yes, k.h, I've been gardening here for almost 40 years now, since 1978, and I've always used raised beds that I rake up every season. That way I can plant a cover crop of rye each fall and till that in in April. The raised beds never get walked on and hold water very well. They also give up their weeds pretty easily, and they allow for a much denser planting of beets, carrots, beans, lettuces, chard, and so on.
Thomas, I do get occasional visitors--raccoons and deer sometimes. The 'coons don't bother, and the deer munch a cabbage leaf or a bean plant now and then, but I'm surrounded by miles of field and woodland, where there's plenty to eat. Tnd they're happier farther from houses. That said, those foot prints in the 2014 garden are a wandering black bear's.
Do you get nightly visitors to your garden?
Here's a report from northern Vermont, where our spring and early summer have been inordinately wet and cool. It's looking to be a banner year for berries of all sorts, but the warm-weather-loving crops (beans, squash, tomatoes, and so on) have been laggardly. Two photos, the first of my garden yesterday, July 16, and the second from July 18, 2014. Quite a contrast!
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