This season is the one where we begin to see transition into fall. In September I’m still gathering a bounty from this year’s harvest but I’m also preparing for fall cool season crops and beginning those end of year chores. At this point the only foods I’m actively harvesting are tomatoes and green beans. I have carrots but when I checked them they still did not appear ready to be picked. I planted spinach in early August only to have it sprout and be destroyed by deer and rabbits. My plan is to re-plant some more spinach in my cold frame box for fall.
Right before Labor Day my garden was ravaged by deer. Something had to be done. I ended up concocting my own strong mixture of eggs, chili powder and garlic and literally basted all the tasty plants. Yes, I was in the backyard with a mixing bowl and a baster.
The good news – it’s working! The putrid smell must have been so bad that the critters immediately tried to find a new breakfast spot. The smell actually isn’t bad after the mixture dries. I had to reapply it after heavy rain too – just to make sure there was still enough to deter the deer.
I know going into the 2015 garden season I have to plan better for this. Whether I continue to make my own mixture, or stock up on something mass-produced, I now know and believe the deer are unforgiving to gardeners. Spraying for deer may just become a weekly chore just like mowing the lawn and doing the trimming.
Other chores this month include seeding bald patches in the lawn, fall pruning, dead heading blooms and covering garden boxes for the winter to deter spring weeds and prevent soil erosion. I already covered one with some grass clippings. Last year I tried a cover crop but I found the upkeep to remove it in the spring to be too much work.