I forked my beans to keep the rabbits away from them.
Some may look at this fortress of forks and think it looks ridiculous, but it really does help protect the tender bean shoots from being mowed down by a bunch of marauding, toothy, ravenous rabbits.
I also forked my pepper plants, but not before the rabbits bit off three of them.
Overall, I am pleased with how the garden is growing so far this season.
Except for the rabbits eating the three pepper plants, or rather biting them off and leaving the stem on the ground as though they are some kind of gang marking their territory, the wildlife have more or less left the garden alone.
Well, except for the strawberries. Some birds have been pecking at them. I’m too trusting of the birds. They sing from the trees while I work in the garden and I think how nice it is to have birds in the garden. All the while, behind my back, they are pecking away at my strawberries. And to think I have black oil sunflower seed, the good stuff, in the bird feeders.
I should really cover the strawberries.
Other than those few little problems, and some inexplicable dying of a stem on one of my apple trees, the garden is doing well. I will have to conjure up memories from way back when I was in college to figure out if the dying stem is due to fire blight or apple scab, or maybe the branch was damaged and just died?
Let’s turn away from the problems and note what’s right about the garden, shall we?
Looking to the east, you can see the peas are blooming, even though threatened by strawberry plants intent on world domination, of at least that one raised bed. Too bad for them, though, because I won’t let them grow much further. The lettuce in the next bed is looking good, and tasting good, too.
I need to eat more lettuce.
Oh, to have such problems.
At the other end, looking to the west, you can see the tomato plants all planted and staked. I drive two foot stakes of PVC pipe into the ground as far as I can using a mallet, and then stick those spiral stakes in the pipe. This provides a good, strong stake to support the tomatoes, which I intend to grow to heights never before achieved in my garden.
Hope springs eternal in a garden
Now, I just need to clean out the narrow bed that runs along the fence and plant some zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers there, and my garden will be all set to be My Best Vegetable Garden Yet.
How’s your vegetable garden?