For the past three summers, we tried unsuccessfully to plant a vegetable garden. Our resident rabbits and full figured groundhog thoroughly enjoyed the buffet of young sprouts we planted. Multiple times. Nibbled right down to the soil. I believe they appreciated the work we went to solely for their dining enjoyment.
We tried various natural methods to deter but nothing worked. Last year my frustration escalated and I feared I sounded like Chevy Chase’s character Ty in Caddyshack vowing we would “Channel our Toronto roots and construct a G20 barrier around the garden. There is no way they will eat our vegetables this summer!!!” After the words came out my mouth, I realized I was scaring the children…and my husband.
Thanks to helpful gardening blogs, Twitter advice and reading up on the subject I decided to dig out old unused pots from the garage (and my parents’ garage) and see if we could grow vegetables in containers. It was a success. Well…sort of. It would have been a huge success if we had not left for our annual holiday to visit our family in New Jersey without arranging for someone to water our pots. (oops!) Thank goodness, we remembered the cat.
Despite record heat wave temperatures in Ottawa that week, our vegetable plants somehow survived. Unfortunately, they look very sad and damaged. We still feel successful because we have a lot of wonderful green peppers, tomatoes and the cucumber and zucchini are hanging in there. Fingers crossed they will continue to grow.
We will learn from our many mistakes this summer and next year our garden will be even better. We plan to expand our crops to include beans and snow peas too. If space is limited or you have smart and hungry critters in your yard I recommend giving container gardening a whirl. Just remember to water if you go away for a holiday.