Garden update

– Posted in: Pests, Plagues, and Varmints

–I replanted my squash and cucumbers. Not a single seed had sprouted. This doesn’t seem like a good sign to me, but this afternoon I dutifully replanted and hope the reason for no sprout was only because of the cold weather.

–I cleared out my corn plot this afternoon. I hope to plant tomorrow. I don’t plant a lot of corn and I’ve found that the most efficient way for me to plant is to heavily mulch the garden plot. This involves extra initial labor, but much less later weeding. I never have time to weed.

I’m already in general despair over my corn. Last year my first corn planting was cruelly devoured by voles or moles. I planted again, but my harvest never really recovered. I was hoping that this year the little rodent things would have moved onto more pleasant climes, but noooo. When I was pulling up weeds today I discovered rodent tunnels galore. Oh yeah, these creatures had their thieving routes all planned out. It doesn’t take a genius to see what will happen, and I’m stumped about how to prevent the outcome.

Pack the garden with dynamite and hope I blow the moles and voles to kingdom come? Right now I can only think of planting and hope that somehow all the corn sprouts before the rodents stuff themselves.

Ha ha. Very funny, I know.

About the Author

At age fifteen, Rundy decided he wanted to write for his living. He is currently working on a novel, although it is not the novel he started at fifteen. When not working on the novel, he might be riding his bike, feeding his chickens, helping his neighbors, messing around with web design and computers in general, or writing on his blog, which discusses other topics in addition to gardening. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 AHS Heat Zone: 3 Location: rural; Southern Tier of NY Geographic type: foothills of Appalachian Mountains Soil Type: acid clay Experience level: advanced beginner Particular interests: fruits, vegetables, major landscaping, chickens and other poultry

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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