Usually around this time of year I’m writing about all the things we were able to grow in our garden and how much canning and freezing we did; not this time. Major garden fail.
I’ve written previously about the large amount of land being snatched up out here in the boonies; some spots with trailers but many with just a camper or shed. The land across the road from me was sold off in lots over the last year and that’s what they did here; 2 have campers, one has a large travel trailer and one simply has an outhouse and nothing else. God bless ’em, it’s their property and they are free to do with it as they wish. However, all this activity apparently pushed the deer my way and they simply wiped out pretty much everything we had planted.
We had gone all out this year anticipating an increased need to supplement our food supplies over the coming days and years. We built more raised beds, brought in large amounts of good soil and fertilizer and expanded all of our existing gardens; we worked our tails off. Sadly, over the course of about 4 days it was all over. For all the work we did, all we had to show was a few tomatoes and peppers in buckets on the deck along with out blueberry and strawberry plants. Nearly a complete loss.
For some reason the deer have never messed with our garden, but this year that all changed. We now are faced with the decision whether to fence the garden areas or just give up. We really hate to add the fencing as it looks better without, but considering the state of the world and skyrocketing food prices I really don’t see anyway around it. I sincerely hope you had better luck with yours.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.