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Comment by Don on July 20, 2017 at 12:14pm

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.

Comment by Daniel W on July 20, 2017 at 11:42am

This has been a difficult year for me, with wildlife.  But no bears.  Deer seem to get into anything that appeals to them, and maintaining the fencing is a challenge.  I thought they were not into the fig trees, except an occasional nibble.  But they completely destroyed a young fig tree that I made by grafting, t years ago.  They ate it off below the graft.  Birds ate almost all of the tart cherries, and a lot of the sweet cherries, and all of the mulberries, most of the small number of blackberries.  They have been pecking holes in the sided of plums, long before they ripen.  This fall, I want to create a new cage for the berries for next year, basically a net-house to keep out deer, rabbits, and birds.  Well, that's gardening in the countryside!

Some of the fruit trees are tall enough to be inconvenient for deer, which means I have been removing some deer caging.  That's helpful because it makes maintenance and mowing easier.

The animals don't touch potatoes, don't eat the sweet corn plants once they are about a foot tall.  Rabbits eat baby corn plants and baby onions and garlic, but not when they are bigger.  They ate off zinnias when small, but also avoid bigger ones.  None of the animals here touch cosmos, marigolds, four oclocks, .  gladiolias, or tigridia.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 20, 2017 at 11:21am

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2017 at 10:34am

What a beautiful garden & forest Don!

Comment by Don on July 19, 2017 at 8:45am

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.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2017 at 9:53pm
Don, call me Kathy if you like. And if you can remember. I keep meaning to change that on my profile page but get side tracked and forget to.
Comment by Don on July 18, 2017 at 12:51pm

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.  

 

Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2017 at 12:37pm
Thomas, many of those beautiful mountains have already been destroyed by mountain top removal. The environmental effects are horrific. Contaminating and rerouting streams. Ruining the water supplies. They can remove the coal using as few as a dozen people. And leaving massive destruction in their wake.
Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2017 at 12:32pm
Don, my dad and now the rest of the family always used raised hills. I never knew why it was just the way we did it.
I learned a lot from dad and mom. Like when you pick tomatoes make sure you remove the green stem or it will cause holes in the other tomatoes you're putting in the same basket. And if you cut into a potato while digging go ahead and cut through it, rub the cut ends in the dirt and the potatoes will heal over and not rot. Which can spread the rot to all potatoes they come in contact with.
Our neighbors raise green beans at the base of the corn so the beans climb the cornstalks. It actually works without harming the corn. We're already getting corn, beans, tomatoes, squash. Pretty much every except melons. Our season will be wrapping up by the first of September. Our area of Western Ky has a very long growing season. Weather permitting.
Comment by Thomas Murray on July 17, 2017 at 7:27pm

Don,

Do you get nightly visitors to your garden?

 

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