I was excited about my garden this year. This is our 4th year of planting our raised garden bed and based on some rookie mistakes in the past, I was hopeful that this would be our best garden yet.
We have a box of tomatoes, a box of peppers, a box of zucchini and watermelon and our last box is planted with broccoli, lettuce and cucumber.
The garden was planted with love and care around Mother’s Day, and it has been growing consistently since. Our pepper plants were filled with peppers and the broccoli was huge and just starting to sprout out the broccoli flowers.
We had just come home from a vacation on the central coast and were marveling at how wonderful our garden looked. We went to bed that night with a beautiful garden full of promise and woke up the next morning to this:
One of the lovely children, and I won’t name names, kicked the soccer ball over the fence and forgot to close the gate to the garden on the way in. During the night, what looks to have been an entire deer family came into our garden and ate almost all of it. Either they don’t like tomatoes or they were too full by the time they got over to that box, but that was about the only vegetable left intact.
Between our now destroyed garden that cost us money and time, our 40 rose bushes that never have roses on them anymore, and the fact that deer create Lyme Disease, Chris is ready to get a gun and shoot every deer he sees. We were shopping the other day and he commented that he would like a trophy of a deer head to hang in our house. Luckily for the deer in our neighborhood, my husband is not a gun toting guy.
Does anyone with a green thumb know if the bell pepper plants will grow their leaves and branches back, or whether we should yank them out and start over again? Notice the deer didn’t eat much of the pepper, only the plant.
Please comment if you have advice.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.