Tuesday, August 12, 2014
It rained all day and by 9:00 p.m. there was about 1.5" in the rain gauge.
It kept raining on and off and then around 10:00 p.m. the real storms rolled in and we got about 2" in a VERY short time - with all the drama: wind, lightning, explosive thunder. It was not fun.
3.6" in the gauge this morning.
I checked the basement - no probs this time.
I gazed out into the gardens and saw that a lot of things were beaten down by the relentless downpour.
Then I glanced at the veg garden.
Hmmm. I noticed the Mtg Lifter was short about 2.5'. Must've broken in the storm.
*sip* The mass of San Marzanos also looked pretty beaten down.
*sip* I thought, bet the cukes loved the rain. Yep, lookit all those big ones. Waaait. I can't ever see the cukes from the sunroom. There are tons of LEAVES in front of the fruit.
But not this morning.
I ran out for a closeup look. Holy crap!
The cukes leaves had been EATEN OFF.
The Mtg Lifter had been BROKEN OFF.
The paste tomatoes had been MUNCHED.
The beans were GRAZED.
Now how in the hell had this happened?
The heavy netting was still firmly in place. None of the clamps were missing. There was no gaps in the netting.
It just COULDN'T have been a deer!?
So I thought ground hog. It could easily have come in from any direction. That made sense, but was very little comfort.
Then I looked at the damage again.
NO vegetables were gnawed or eaten. Only LEAVES. Ground hog would have eaten the BEANS, not just the leaves. Eaten the CUKES not the leaves. Eaten the ripe TOMATOES and not the tender vine ends.
Logic point to -- a DEER somehow breached the netting, did the damage (during all those storms and deluge), and got OUT of the enclosed area WITHOUT pulling down any netting.
I don't know. I just don't know. Unfortunately, I'd only just laid down a thick mulch of chopped leaves 2 days before this, so there aren't any footprints. Though the evidence points to deer, how the *&#$ did it get in? and OUT?
Gonna put up more netting today as soon as things dry out a bit.
I hate gardening.
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I LOVE gardening. I HATE deer! More proof that it was deer. The neighboring border beds have had the geranium buds browsed off. Yep. I HATE DEER.
Spent time harvesting and beefing up defenses. (I'll post on the veg page.) Just looked at the radar - lots of colorful crap heading our way again. This is AUGUST! It's supposed to be DRY! Sure am glad I'm not trying to harvest corn or hay....