Anatomy of a Garden – Part 3

24 Jun

Backed  by a bevy of sunny days and 90-degree temperatures, Dr. Greenthumb has made significant progress on his vegetable garden:

The indoor starter plants overtook the plant stand early June which proved challenging as nights of frost had not yet left the area.  A warm front eventually moved in and just as the garage was starting to look like a Little Shop of Horrors, Dr. Greenthumb was able to disassemble the plant stand and plant the vegetables in the garden.  He worked out the kinks in the irrigation system to draw water from a more natural source.  With plenty of sunshine, the vegetables and herbs seem to be doing well, though Dr. Greenthumb faces an ongoing battle with ferns which are overpopulating the plot on a daily basis.  The garden has already yielded a most appetizing array of culinary herbs like basil and thyme.


5 Responses to “Anatomy of a Garden – Part 3”

  1. Karyn June 24, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Your garden looks great! My question is, what are you going to do about all of the wild critters that may want to dine on your fine garden?

    • The Provost June 25, 2009 at 10:36 am #

      A worker at the Rhinelander Home Depot suggested attaching strips of aluminum pie tins to the fence to scare off deer as the strips will make a scary clattering sound in the wind. I’ve also heard that an electric fence may be going up, though I can’t confirm that. I’ve also heard that every night something (a rabbit?) keeps digging a hole under the fence to gain entry to the garden but I’m not entirely sure what the plan is to stop it… will post information as it becomes available :)

  2. karyn June 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Pie tins are funny!!! I use moth balls in my garden here in Illinois, however, the smell leaves much to be desired! Hot pepper flakes work well if you sprinkle them on your plants when there is not threat of rain to wash them out…speaking of rain, we were up a couple of weeks ago, and I was shocked to see how low the water line was! I cannot remember in the 35+ years that I have been on Blue Lake that the water line was that low! I could see the shoreline across the lake! Amazing!

    • The Provost June 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

      Thanks for the great tips! I shared them with my mom and we’re going to use them as I bought her some apple trees… as soon as they took root, something deer-like has been chomping on the branches. We are thinking that tying some mothballs to netting around the trees may make them seem a little less delicious to the animals. The lake is indeed super low… I think you can walk along the shoreline of the entire lake now and miss getting thwacked by tree branches… that definitely wasn’t possible before.


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