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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
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.
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.
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?
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