One of the reasons I love living in the country is having a large vegetable garden. One of the other reasons is that it can be far enough away from the house so it doesn’t have to look good.
You really don’t need any of those fancy schmancy raised beds or fencing, beautiful scarecrows and such! Even though I grew up in the yuppie suburbs, I have embraced my country-girl identity. I spent a week in Chicago a few years ago. I literally cried driving back up the mountain because it was so green. That’s when I knew I’d never be a big city girl.
Living up here in them thar hills, we’ve learned a few tricks from old country gardeners, so I though I’d give you some good old Redneck Gardening Tips (and a few laughs)
As soon as the ground is turned over, the crows start scavenging for seeds and seedlings. They will seriously snatch a who row of bean seeds from just under the surface! You don’t need a fancy scarecrow. Just throw an old belt out into the middle of the garden. You heard me right! The belt kind of looks like a snake. In fact, some unwary husbands have even jumped at the first sight of the belt-snake, placed by his wife while he was gone. Just sayin’. It was funny.
We live in a neighborhood densely populated by deer. I absolutely love it when I drive home at dusk and see them prancing around the neighborhood in their little herds. I talk to them from my car, I have to admit. I love deer, but I do NOT love them when they are eating my vegetables. We’ve tried several methods to keep the deer at bay. Marigolds (they hate them), hair scattered around the garden, etc. A few years ago, we were convinced that human pee would keep them away. This is largely debated among old-school farmers. I must say it was interesting, and we had phenomenal corn that year. Of course, now that we live where you can actually SEE the garden, that theory doesn’t seem to hold as much water. (snort-get it?)
So yesterday, Judd came home and presented me with a gift after work. “I got this for you” he said. It was a roll of caution tape. He’s so romantic. Anyway, imagine my surprise when I came home from Becky’s house (helping her with her new site launch TODAY! Go see it) and saw this:
Um. Yeah. Apparently, the bright color and noise of the tape in the breeze keeps the deer out. We shall see.
Dear neighbors, I’m very sorry, but we’ll bring you some awesome green beans and salsa in August!
Shared with Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family