My garden harvests this season weren't very good, due in large part to every critter in the area deciding it was an all you can eat buffet. At ground level I've got mice and voles, midway up I've got a very large groundhog, which had babies this year, and at the top level I've got deer. My pitiful, patched together 3 1/2 foot high fence was not doing the trick. So I decided to take down the old fence, renovate the garden a bit, and put up a 7' tall deer fence for next season.
It took most of the day, since some parts had several layers of fencing to peel away. This is what the animals have been doing to my veggies!
I 'm still in the process of making a path around the outer perimeter of the garden. I've discovered that it would make life much easier if I can get at both sides of the garden rows. Hopefully the new fence won't be too hard to put up. I'll probably wait until I can put the garden to bed (take all the dead plants out, add compost, leaves, and grass clippings) before putting the fence up. I'm thinking things out a bit more this time, and planning based on the problems and issues I've had in the past. I'm planning my planting chart this Fall as well. Last year I didn't do that, and just sort of planted things all over. So, the tomatoes ended up blocking the sun for the zucchini and squash, and the lettuce got too much sun and set seed faster than it should have. I've been doing some pruning as well, making sure the garden gets as much light as possible. The evergreens behind the garden have really gotten out of hand, and the Snowball bush seems to creep closer each year. I'll try to keep you up to date on the yard and garden. Hopefully if I do a little extra work now, it will pay off in a bigger harvest next season.
-Michelle of CreativeCritters