I discovered this week, although in reality I really already knew, that if I was going to grow a garden like my parents and grandparents did that I was gonna need a fence. A big fence.
Yes, I have deer and for the most part I don’t mind them. I like to watch them wander across the yard eating along the way.
I have bunnies. They’re so cute hopping across the yard nibbling here and there that is until, one or both of the wildies ate my garden.
I attended a backyard event recently where the vegetable garden had a short two-foot tall chicken wire fence around it to keep out the rabbits. My own ‘big’ garden space used to be a farm animal pen and it has a six-foot fence around it.
Deer can jump a six-foot fence. In the past I’ve lost an entire row of peas nibbled right down to the ground from the cute deer.
I also have some raised beds. In those beds I planted onions all the way around the perimeter thinking that ‘perhaps’ the onions would keep the deer away. It worked….. but the bunnies, not so much. They’ve nibbled their way through a new bed of cantaloupe seedlings. 🙁
However, that doesn’t mean that we give up. No sir. We keep going. We figure out what went wrong and find ways to combat the situation hopefully without running off the wildlife. (Wildlife can be beneficial in a survival situation..)
There are certain vegetables that are easier to grow than others. There are vegetables that have a heavier crop leaving more for you (especially once you get the fence figured out…) What am I referring to?
Well, ONE tomato plant that’s trellised, or put into a wire cage for support (or other means of support) has the potential to provide you with upwards of twenty pounds of ‘maters’. That’s a lot of tomatoes from just one plant. Imagine if you had several… or a row? You’d end up with a kitchen counter full (like my folks) that you can turn into tomato sauce, tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes, pasta sauce, salsa… … You won’t starve if you can grow tomatoes!
Try growing different kinds of tomatoes, different varieties to see what grows best in your soil and what kind you like the best for fresh eating and for canning.
Got one you adore? Save those seeds for the next season!