One of the challenges of organic gardening is dealing with animals. Here are some of the steps we’ve taken to protect our organic garden.
We have been planting a garden in these planters for several years, but our organic plants must be especially tempting to animals, because they are eating our plants, for the first time ever! We have done organic gardening with heirloom seeds in previous years; this was my first year planting organic seedlings.
The photo above is my garden in the morning; the photo below is a few hours later:
I knew the animals would go after the Swiss chard, but I was surprised when they went after the flowers (which were actually planted to deter pests) and ALL of my pea plants! I think they actually do not like the flowers, because they dug them up this morning (I replanted them). I have planted the peas every year, and this is the first time they have been eaten like this! Then, this morning, some animal ate the tomato plant in this planter (they did not touch the plants in the other planter), which I have always understood that animals aren’t supposed to ever touch! At least the tomato plant we reserved for the kids to build a fairy village is untouched, possibly because it is in a pot near the house:
Our blueberry bush is also fine:
And our strawberry blossoms are also beautiful!
I’m contemplating covering our strawberries and blueberries in protective mesh, since we usually do have animals stealing the berries once they approach ripeness – have any readers ever tried it?
I read about chopping citrus rinds to keep critters away, but our animals seem to think that it’s worth working around the smell – I found a wild turkey sitting in our garden a few minutes after I spread it on the garden!
We’ve actually seen as many as three at a time, which is a record in the many years we have lived here. Maybe that is our problem?
I planted peas in containers near the house, and they are doing all right. I’m grateful that I followed my gardening sister’s advice to plant a lot in different ways in hopes that something could survive! We have baby carrots growing, too.
How do you deal with animals in your garden? Do you have any recommendations for me to try? Should we try a hawk decoy?