Gettin' fresh … in Northern Nevada

Progress Report

I’m happy to say that things just keep growing here in the desert.   My sprouts are officially plants and looking pretty good:

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I even got a little sassy and planted a row of sunflowers along my chain link fence in the back yard.   I would love to get a sunflower fence out of the deal but I will have to keep the critters from eating them.   This is a big challenge.  BIG.

Check out my solution:

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I covered my little sprouts with dried (and slightly crumbled) chile peppers.   And, I totally overplanted.   I figure if 10% make it, I have done my job.   I also put a little bit of bird netting over my row to slow down the vermin that will try to eat them.

Keep your fingers crossed.   This is a risky venture in my neck of the woods.

Do you have a problems with the critters eating the sprouts?   What are your tips to keeping them out of the garden?

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4 responses

  1. Looks great! I hope the chili peppers work – a sunflower fence would be lovely.

    June 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    • Sadly, there was quite a bit of devastation today … despite my efforts. 😦

      June 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

  2. Sharlea,
    DIY liquid chemical fence, reapplied after each rain {in a non-desert setting] has been the best varmint deterrent I know. I had a nest of baby bunnies in the front yard and, after I consistently applied my liquid fence, no nibbling of the tender tomato plants.
    (pour urine around the perimeter)

    Good luck!

    June 10, 2014 at 3:56 am

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