Two weeks ago when I returned home from Rustic Youth Camp, my garden was flourishing! I picked green beans and canned three quarts (not a lot, I know, but we were traveling back and forth to Corinth frequently to check on Jimmy's daddy, and I knew that they would ruin if I did not put them up). I also had numerous tomatoes--we ate fresh tomatoes every day for a week or so, and I canned 7 pints. One morning I counted the green tomatoes that would be ripe in a week or so, and I counted over 300.
Then. THE DEER FOUND MY GARDEN!
And it was basically ruined. In about one day. :(
This is the third year for us to put our garden in this particular spot. We have deer that live in our woods (we see them all the time), but for some reason this is the first summer that they have discovered my garden and had themselves a little feast! They ate every. single. pea. They ate all the green beans. They ate most of the foliage on the tomato plants. And they ate over half of my green tomatoes. The ones they didn't eat, they took one bite out of and tossed it to the ground. They trampled two of my bell pepper plants (I guess they don't like peppers, because they did not eat those plants). The only thing they have not destroyed are my squash and watermelon plants.
I cannot tell you how upset I am about the deer ruining my garden!
Clay ran fishing line at three different heights around the perimeter of the garden, and I sprayed the remaining plants with a gallon of my smelly deer repellent…..but I am afraid that it's all too late.
There are still some tomatoes on my plants, but the plants look pitiful. Just pitiful. What green leaves the deer did not eat are turning yellow……I am not sure if the plants got too much rain last weekend when we had basically a flood, or that I waited too long to give them nitrogen. I did fertilize them just before the big rain last week….but still. They look awful. Not a red tomato in sight, and less than 50 green ones. However, I did see some new growth on some of the plants this morning. And I picked 12 green beans.
I'm glad my family is not depending on my garden for our food this winter.