Burrowing rodents have almost completely destroyed my 2012 vegetable garden.But although it’s the end of July, I haven’t given up yet.
Walking through a farmer market this morning, I was drawn to some ten inch healthy looking tomato seedlings. My pockets were weighted down with a lot of lose change, so I picked out three plants and counted out twelve quarters.
I don’t usually grow genetically altered frankenfruit and the seedlings are a fast growing Better Boy that is grown extensively here in North San Diego County. I glanced at the date on my cell phone, thinking” August September, October, yep I might make it before the snow unexpectedly slams Escondido this fall.”
So I pulled up the remnants of vole gnawed heirlooms, dug new holes and set the new plants in the early evening 80 degree heat.
I’m not about to let burrowing rodents completely win this year. Solid haven’t given up.
I stiil have some artichokes to set and after the tomatoes get picked, I’m building raised gardens that will sit on gopher proof mesh netting. If I could, I’d electrify the mesh and fry the little buggers as they tried to pop up.
The other purchase I made this morning was a box of .22 CB shorts for my single shot plinker.
I am a determined gardener and I will not let the voles win this year. Time to wash my hands and get ready to prone out on the hill over my garden, trusty .22 at the ready, Just in case the voles pop up to take their evening bearings and set courses for my new tomato vines. Jim Farmer Forbes7/9/2012.