After three summers without a garden, I'm thrilled to have this new garden space, completely enclosed to keep out deer, squirrels, rabbits, and other critters.
If you're a long-time reader you might remember that at my old house I did frequent Garden Updates, and growing vegetables is something I've been passionate about for a very long time. But in 2013 I moved to a new house that's part-way up a mountain and next to Forest Service land, and I learned from the neighbors that deer would eat anything that's planted here.
After one year of growing tomatoes on the deck, I gave up and tried to be happy with growing herbs in the kitchen window and getting other veggies at the farmers market. And I did discover that quite a few herbs can grow outside without the deer bothering them, which helped ease my garden cravings. But I still had that urge to grow my own food, so last winter I started talking to my brother Mark about building an enclosed space to grow a few veggies here.
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