Saturday, January 28, 2012

Planning My Garden

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Okay, it's still January, but is it every too early to start planning the garden for spring.

For YEARS, we have had problems with bunnies and ground hogs eating our veggies.  It's enough to make you rip out y our hair.  Yes, the animals need to eat to live, but why my garden?  (We have a farm behind us.  Yes, they eat there, but seem to have dessert in our yard.  And the farm only harvests a fraction of what they grow.  We wonder ... is it a tax write off?  Can you say government subsidies???)

Last summer, Mr. Ground Hog ate my potato plants.  Since he loved our Brussels sprouts so much the year before, we tried growing them in containers but learned they have really large root systems pots just don't cut it.

And while the ground hogs and bunnies didn't eat our tomatoes, the chipmunks did.  And since it has rained a lot these past couple of years, our tomatoes have had blight. (Nasty leaves and --ick-- black (rotten) spots on our tomatoes.

Our parsley did really well last summer, as did our green beans (well, those that survived the bunnies)--at least until the tail-end of a hurricane came through and broke the bean poles, making it difficult to find and harvest the crop.

Are you planning a garden this year?  If so, what will you plant?


Ann Philipp said...

Hi Lorraine,
I’m dreaming of parsley, cilantro and asparagus. But the asparagus sound like a long term commitment. I planted artichokes last year, and I’m pleased to say they are still standing. (The gophers have been eyeing those.)

Ground hogs, bunnies and a hurricane? You are brave to venture out again…
Good luck with the gardening,
p.s. I’m in the middle of Bookplate Special and am thoroughly enjoying it!

Brenda Hyde said...

Over the years I've read some tips about woodchucks and moles-- supposedly if you have one of those whirlygig things that are on a stake it helps because as the whirly part moves it causes vibration and they don't like it. Who knows?

I plant herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers every year, and sometimes peppers. So far the critters have left everything alone but I wonder if it's because I have a raised bed right up by the house?? We have deer, turkeys, possum, rabbits, a big woodchuck and ground squirrels, so I'm surprised.

Ann Summerville said...

I read somewhere that you have to put a border of plants around them that they don't like but I can't for the life of me remember what those were. I doubt if I'll do a garden this year. We've had such a terrible drought here in Texas.

Heather Blake Webber said...

We tried tomatoes last year and it went so wrong that I don't know if I can bear the depression again. I was so invested in those plants, LOL. But I'm an optimist, so I think maybe I'll be trying again. Oy. Wish me luck.

misskallie2000 said...

I hope to have a small veggie garden this yr. I want to plant tomatoes and cucumbers as my daughter and I love them and maybe some herb's. I do have lots of flowers and shrubs each yr that keep me busy (pulling weeds).