Does Your Garden Grow?
haven't been gardening very long, and never very well, although I have
friends who are ambitious and successful gardeners. I have a particular
friend who has acres of gardens and serves salads with home grown everything
(see Katey's Super Salad on page 3). Her flowers
thrive, her vegetables are succulent and plentiful, cultivated things
and wild things grow flagrantly and fragrantly side-by-side. She's the
kind of person who pulls asparagus from the ground, dusts it off on her
jeans, and hands it to you to eat -- and it's delicious! Her solution
to things attacking her garden has been to plant three gardens -- one
for the animals to eat, one for her husband to mow down, and a third for
her own use.
I never had enough room to plant three gardens (and never had enough energy
either) but I did stumble on a couple of successful strategies in my desperate
battle with deer who ate the lilies and groundhogs who ate everything
else. I found that gardener's net was a terrific way to protect vegetables.
I used fencing posts to anchor the net at four points, I anchored the
net at ground level, too, but it was easy for the gardener to lift up
and get under. The groundhog used to sit by the hour looking at the garden
through the net -- I could see him from inside the house -- and even though
he never got anything to eat, he never lost hope. I also learned that
dried blood sprinkled around the perimeter of the garden will discourage
most animals (except I noticed the cat didn't mind it). I used the dried
blood around flower beds and it was successful -- except for the deer
who would come just as the lilies bloomed and devour the blossoms. I discovered
Melorganite (actually a fertilizer of composted sewer sludge) was pretty
effective as a deer deterrent.
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