Someday I would love to be able to grow most of our food. What an achievement that would be! I still have so much to learn though, and I have to remind myself that all of failures I have in the garden are also learning experiences. So far we’ve had to deal with gophers, ground squirrels, lack of nutrients, not enough water, and insect invaders. Today it was deer.
I have been feeling pretty good about this years’ garden. The mushroom compost we added to the soil seems to be doing the trick. With the exception of my bed of greens (I planted those too late), everything is growing well.
The tomatillos, which were wiped out last year by the striped cucumber beetle, have grown as tall as I am!
This morning I was heartbroken to see that deer had gotten into our orchard yesterday and ate away most of our trees! The nectarines I was so looking forward to eating are all munched up and on the ground (I guess the deer found them too sour to eat). Most of the leaves and branches are gone. There are only three nectarines left on the tree.
Look at my peach tree! ☹ It has a lone peach on it, and before today there were so many leaves on the tree I had no idea it had any fruit on it.
The plum tree is practically gone!
The deer also ate some of the pear trees, but didn’t do as much damage. Do fruit trees recover from this kind of injury? So much effort and time invested, such a sad setback. I don’t know what to do from here, so I gave them some water.