Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Garden

One of the neat features about our neighborhood is that it offers resident's gardens. There are 6 beds, each with 4 spaces and roughly 250 square feet each. The areas have been tilled, fertilized, and have sprinkler systems throughout to water daily. We decided to test our skills this year and tempt the local deer population. So far, we've planted cantaloupe, watermelon, squash, green and red peppers, carrots, and okra. We also planted tomatoes and peppers in the back yard just in case the deer get too hungry.

I measured the fence surrounding all of the garden plots, and it's around 5 feet tall. According to a quick Google search, a 6 foot fence will not stop deer but a 7-8 foot fence will. Of the 6 beds (4 spaces in each), only 1 is surrounded with netting to keep the deer out. The lady in Row A said she didn't trust the deer and that they were especially bad last year. We initially were going to test our luck with the deer but after her convincing, we decided to put up 7 foot tall netting around our plot.

We'll update over the next few weeks, and hopefully, we can show large plants with fruits and vegetables, rather than nubs left by the deer and rabbits.

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