I have three raised beds for my vegetable garden. All three beds have chicken wire on the bottom to keep out the gophers.
I had a beautiful tomato plant with large, green tomatoes getting ready to ripen. Also in the box was a squash, some sad cantaloupe and my volunteer pumpkins from last year's Halloween decorations. The tomato plant was the star of the show, a real beauty and all was going well, or so I thought.
Than I noticed the pile of dirt next to the box. A gopher was trying to storm the defenses. I laughed, challenging him to break through and seize my tender vegetables.
And then the little rat b#$%^*d did it. He got in my raised bed.
I looked over my deck one night to see a good chunk of my tomato plant disappearing down a gopher hole. I'm also pretty sure he gave me the gopher finger.When I went down to see what I could salvage, the planter bed had so many holes, it looked like Swiss cheese. My big, lush tomato plant had been bitten off at the stalk, never to rise again. Since then, all but the pumpkins and the cilantro have disappeared. I expect the pumpkins to follow soon. I'm surprised the cilantro is still there and he hasn't pulled it down his hole to make salsa.
The other two garden boxes are holding, for the moment. As soon as the pumpkins die, or get devoured, and the heat passes, this box is getting moved and I'm going to build a small patio in its place. However, before I head to Home Depot, there is just one thing I want to know.
Who sold that little rodent the blow torch?
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