We’re enjoying lots of great produce this summer, but as with all summers, it has had its challenges.
Weeds and pests have taken their usual (but manageable) tolls. We expect some losses from them and we willingly pay that price.
But once again it is the deer that are hurting us the most this year. I wouldn’t have expected things to get worse than they were last year, but they have.
This year our deer have expanded their diets to include tomato and pepper plants–plants that I had understood were toxic to deer. Evidently I was wrong about that. Our tomato production has been decimated.
The pepper plants were severely pruned but the verdict is still out on whether they will be productive.
And sadly some enterprising deer jumped our fences and destroyed our spaghetti and butternut squash. Luckily they don’t seem to like acorn squash.
They also ate the peas and they’ve been munching on the watermelons.
And our cover crops? Not happening. They mow down the buckwheat as soon as it starts coming up.
Our production this year will be a fraction of what it should have been. That’s a drag.
Hopefully next year we’ll come up with a solution.