Here are some scenes from our garden. We actually have two gardens this year. One in the same location as last year, now surrounded by an electric fence. Last year we donated our entire sweet corn and popcorn crop and much of our melons and tomatoes to the wildlife population. Not this year! That is the garden where these photos are from. It has incredible, soft, fertile soil BUT it is away from the house, making it more susceptible to wild vegetable bandits, and away from a water source. Any water needs to be hauled out there in five gallon buckets. Of course, any of you that followed our saga of the first ten months we lived here without a home or well know that we are old pros when it comes to hauling water. At least now we only have to haul them from the spigot at the house.
The second garden is mainly in raised beds in our front yard, within the area fenced for the dogs. This was a good rodent control plan until our old grumpy dog died and we obtained a large, active, digging and plant tromping puppy named Cookie (aka Cookie Monster or Chewbaka). With Cookie's influence our other younger adult dog got her second wind and is now also like a big puppy. We had to tack wire fencing over the raised beds in order to keep the Cookie Monster from digging up our seeds and seedlings. It worked great. The plants just came up through the openings. The only problem is that the dogs refuse to understand that the beds are off limits and tromp all over them all the time. Many black bean and pepper plants have been trampled to death by an overzealous and oversized puppy while I am trying to check cucumbers. So all of our later plantings have been added into the larger electrified garden.
Having two gardens has helped us to isolate varieties. For example, popcorn is in the yard garden while sweet corn is in the 'electric' garden. We have so much wildlife here that we just don't have the luxury of planting in the yard or fields....everything must be surrounded....and surrounded well. Last year we had a fence around the garden but the raccoons found out how to lift the fence and go under it, the rabbits went through the holes, and the deer went over. We tried everything we could think of to keep them out....plastic snakes, dog hair, shiny ribbon, etc. Nothing helped. Electricity seems to be working pretty well so far.
Enjoy the pictures. They were taken as the sun was rising above the garden so some of the pictures appear a little dark.