There are thieves in my garden. I am not happy about it.
I have not had this problem in my previous two years of gardening so I really thought I was immune to this It’s a bit frustrating.
There is something in my back yard that has taken three of my brussels sprout plants and 2 eggplants. Is it a rabbit? Is it a squirrel? Is it the neighbor’s cat? No idea, but I’m officially annoyed. I’m think it could be a squirrel, but Brette thinks it’s a rabbit. Neither of us have seen either critter in the garden. Since yesterday, it’s been chewing on my peppers.
Any thoughts? What wretched animal would eat my innocent sprouts?
If it’s a squirrel, there isn’t much I can do to keep them out of the garden. They can get through and climb over anything. If it’s a rabbit, we have more options. Brette spent some time this evening blocking off holes in the yard where they could get in with some fencing. I’m hoping that does the trick.
My only other option is to keep my fierce fighter dog outside 24/7. She has killed two squirrels in our backyard. She loves to talk about it. Just look at this dangerous beast.
It might be wise to have a back-up plan.
Have any of you struggled with critters? Any words of wisdom? I’m counting on you!
In other gardening news, everything is planted. I stuck pretty much to my drawings, but needed to make adjustments based on space and the thieves. I replaced the stolen plants with bok choy and another eggplant. My garden store was out of brussels sprouts and I’ve never grown bok choy so I thought I’d give it a whirl.
So in addition to my frost tolerant veggies, I now have:
Tomatoes – 6 different heirlooms
Peppers – 4 types of the sweet kind and 4 jalapenos
Brussels Sprouts – just one thanks to the thieves
Herbs! – basil, oregano, rosemary, mint, thyme, sage, parsley and dill
Just today, I pulled my first radish and I’ll be harvesting lettuce this week. I get down-right giddy. There is just nothing more satisfying then growing your own food. Well…that and ice cream. :)