I should say that the deer ate the green part of the taters, not the spuds themselves. I put the fishing line fence around the tater patch, but they just jumped it, I guess. But, I think the poor results were prob because of the poor quality of the seed taters. I was actually surprised to find any left in June.
I also did the fishing line fence for the corn/bean patch, the cuke patch and the tomato/pepper patch. They didn’t really mess with the corn, but some of the beans looked like they were grazed a bit, but not enough to matter.
They hit the tomatoes hard in July, we had 43 plants going at the time, and most of them had set a lot of fruit. But within a few days, I’d say we lost 2/3 of the mater’s. Oddly they left the peppers alone. My guess is they jumped or manuvered their way into the pepper patch and proceeded to the tomatoes. I remedied that by separating them by stringing up a 4ft black weed barrier cloth between the two patches. We managed to get a few mater’s afterwards. But we only got to can about 14 pints of salsa, a mere pittance off of all those plants.
Yeah, our corn patch was about 20x60 ft in size, and got about 8-10 hours of direct sun in the summer. Plus, it’s in very good soil. A lot of the stalks got to about 8ft, and some had multiple ears, although the second ones werent really that big, or harvestable. We planted Honey Select and Silver Queen sweet corn, and a couple varieties of popcorn. The HS is awesome corn, so we’ll prob only grow that next year. Nice corn flavor, and very sweet, almost good enough to eat straight off the stalk.
We definitely have the land for growing things, but it’s been tempting to fill it up with all kinds of fruit trees and plants! I’ve been resisting getting any more trees, but I’m intrigued by pluots, and think they’d do OK here. So, I might try some of those, maybe two or three. Do you have any of those, and if so, bow have they done?
I also want to add some new rasp and blackberry plants next year. The only fruit we will prob get is some strawberries, and possibly a couple varieties of apples, and perhaps some from our huge Pineapple pear tree.
I checked the forecast for this weekend, they’re now saying maybe 32-34 for lows, so we might be OK. But, I will prob pick what’s left before then. I’m glad growing season is about over, that means no more lawn and garden work!