Wednesday, August 17, 2011

How does the garden grow?


Well, this year it has been doing beautifully.
It is the first year that we really made a serious vegetable garden.



We picked out a nice sunny spot, got some fencing that would keep even the deer out. Drove over an hour to get some black gold from my girlfriend’s stable. Decided what vegetables we wanted to grow and how they would be planted so the tallest wouldn’t shade the shorter plants.

Okay so we didn’t plant it perfectly and will have some improvements for next year. But you live and learn…right?

We must have planted about a dozen different tomato plants and they got huge! Tons of tomatoes popping out all over…..just have to wait for them to ripen…..
Oh wait….here comes a little chipmunk.
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He runs right through the fencing.
I didn’t think too much about it until I saw one of the tomato plants quivering. I went out to the garden and sure enough the chipmunk was munching on about 5 different tomatoes!
He even climbed up the plant and half chewed ones still on the vine.

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So now each day I go and check out the tomatoes to see if any are just starting to turn. If they are, I pick them and let them ripen inside.
I gather the half eaten ones and put them near the fence hoping that the chipmunk will finish them off and leave the others alone.

I got the tomato situation (sort of) under control and then I see that there are some ears of corn ready to be picked.

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This corn tasted soooo good! I don’t know if it was because they were so fresh or the fact that we grew them.
I notice that over the next few days that I will be able to pick some more ears, and I can’t wait. 

Now why is that corn stalk shaking like that? 
OH! 
There is a squirrel sitting in my corn stalk!
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I walk (quickly) to the garden and the squirrel peeks at me and takes off, guess he knew I was pissed…
I look at the corn and he climbed up each corn stalk and stripped away the husk and ate one side of each cob.
I don’t mind sharing, but it would have been nice if they ate one or two whole corn cobs and left a few of the others….why eat only half?
*hmph*
The squirrel must have come back looking for more because now my corn stalks are all bent and broken. I can’t even use them for fall decorations……

Now, I am just waiting for the chipmunks and squirrels to discover my chili peppers….HA!

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(jj)

3 comments:

peppercorns said...

Oh jj, what mixed emotions of pride and frustration. It's so disappointing when little animals and insects eat the fruit of your labor.

I would love to be able to have a vegetable garden...maybe some say. sigh...

Runs With Scissors said...

You need chicken wire!

Great post, I love the items you added to it!

VintageEmbellishment said...

And now you know why I don't plant a garden! LOL! We have way to many little critters around here...