Garden Diary – It’s Hard Not to be Discouraged

Well my garden is a mess, and I’m feeling discouraged, which makes me not want to plant anymore.

There is a critter eating all my greens. I think it’s a chipmunk(s)

  • My peas are almost stumps, I think in a day or two they will probably be gone.
  • I had such hopes for the Asian greens this year. My husband and I build a little covering with coat hangers, scrap metal, and a roll of fiberglass screen to keep out the white moths (which bring the green worms) but they are clearly being nibbled by the critter.
  • And even my beet greens, which I thought were doing well, now seem to be disappearing to nubs.

Looking at the positive, the snap peas planted in a large recycling bin are doing quite well, so that should make me happy right?

I’m not. I’m in a garden funk.

My mother-in-law gave us a few of her excess plants, and all I’ve planted were 3 eggplants. I have a couple tomatoes and red peppers to plant, but I just feel sad. I’m not sure what’s wrong exactly, maybe the weather? I’m just feeling discouraged.

3 thoughts on “Garden Diary – It’s Hard Not to be Discouraged”

  1. Boo, Debbie, I’m sorry to hear that!!

    I had a deer and rabbit problem in my last house (and will in this one as well) and the only thing that worked was a 6 ft high fence with chicken wire buried all around the bottom edge! I know how discouraging it can be to work hard on a garden and have a critter turn it into a buffet.

    I read somewhere that mice hate spearmint (researching mouse repellant). I wonder if that would work for chipmunks? Here is a decent idea for a chipmunk repellent – cayenne pepper water!

    http://www.ehow.com/how_7528203_homemade-chipmunk-repellent.html

    It’s worth a shot, huh?

  2. Thank you Angela! I had heard about hot pepper being a deterrent and the local gardening store had a bottle but it had wax in it which made me a little wary so I was planning on finding a homemade recipe.

    I do feel better. DH helped me plant the rest of my veg yesterday and I’m putting a bunch of tempting green in recycling pots in the garden to hopefully keep the critter out

    But yes I’m going to try to mix up some ceyenne spray and thank you for the link. I’ll let you know if it works!

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