They are trying to dig to China, my garden monsters.
Every night they dig, dig, dig, tunneling under the garden beds in search of literal pay-dirt. My garden pathways, once lined with pristine pea gravel, are now a mix of dirt and gravel, messy and ripe for growing weeds. Our efforts to keep them out by shoring up the bottoms of the beds with more wood have been met with a redoubled digging effort.
But one morning last week may have been the last straw.
The day before, frustrated and angry that I had to keep pushing the dirt back into place, I put large pieces of concrete and scrap wood topped with brick, on the ground around their favorite digging spots. An inelegant solution to be sure, but I wanted to see if it would stop them.
Yes and no.
When I stepped out onto my back patio the following morning I was met with a calling card. Raccoon scat. Or skunk poop. Yes, I’m sure, just not sure which animal. I’m leaning toward raccoon because they seem smarter and more vindictive to me than skunks. Ok, I may be anthropomorphizing, but really? There it was, a small pile of poop right there on the concrete right outside the back door. No self respecting cat would have done that and it was too small to be a dog. Better that than a horse’s head in my bed I suppose. I am telling you, my friends, this was a pissed off and frustrated raccoon telling us just how he felt.
Now he knows how I feel.
Expense Update: What price the joy of a home grown vegetables? Ongoing total for Summer 2010: $318
(added $20 for new plants)
Tomato: Green Zebra (heirloom)
Tomato: Viva Italia Roma (determinate)
Tomato: Lemon Boy (indeterminate)
Tomato: Champion (VFNT)
2 bell peppers (red and yellow)
seed packets: beets, arugula
The lemon cucumbers and leeks I planted from seed all died. Waaah! The basil seedlings are still here, but struggling. I don’t seem to have great luck with seeds.
I also spent $57 to buy 50’x5′ steel concrete mesh. What for, you ask? To build tomato cages. I’m not including the cost in the total for this summer because these cages should last over a decade. I’ll cover the building of these cages (visible in the photo below) in a later post.