We live on a plot of land that was owned by farmers for many years before they sold it off to be developed. The farmer's daughter is one of my good friends. She told me that they used to call our land "Prairie Dog Hill."
Last year, we didn't have any problems with any animals coming to our garden. Probably the 5-foot tall weeds actually were a benefit in concealing the location of our garden last year. This year, not the case. It started with the prairie dogs. We came home to find our lettuce shoots eaten down and a prairie dog hole in the middle of our garden with a hole chewed through our sprinkler drip line. The vandalizing thieves! Well, we didn't waste much time looking for a good pest control product to deter animals away from the garden.
We went to Wallyworld (Walmart).
We searched the aisles.
And over a hundred dollars later, we came home with Steve's pest control.
Garden this year was a bit of a fail. Too bad. We worked so hard bringing sprinkler lines out and everything! Funny thing- the pests didn't bother the chard. We've still got lots of chard. Everything else died with the frost this week. Not the chard. Oh! And we grew purple and red potatoes. The pests never got those either. We also got funny looking carrots and wimpy-looking corn. The eggplant grew flowers but never gave us any eggplant. The pole beans never produced beans either. :(
Here's what the garden looked like when we first planted in June. Below you'll see Steve weeding.