Thursday, May 31, 2012

About That Garden I Started...

Notice the one branch that got munched!
I wrote a while back about digging out a heart-shaped garden in a little corner of my back yard. I want to report that the garden is truly taking root, but in the process, something is eating the roots! At first we blamed our beloved German Shepherd-mix, Misha, for digging. Why not? He's a dog and dogs dig. But when two very deep, wide holes showed up in the middle of our lawn overnight (Misha sleeps in his bed inside, next to our bed), we knew we had a nocturnal visitor.
Something is digging up this rose!
I think it's the same truant who ate 9 of 9 Brussels sprout plants in one night. The night after I put some caladium in some of my treasures I collected when we lived in Italy--hand painted white pots with cherubs on the sides--something ate one of those branches, too. And left it in the middle of the lawn, approximately 50 meters away from the scene of their crime. Apparently, forest critters don't like caladium as much as veggies.
It's like writing a story--in the middle of a writing jaunt of an hour or so, all of a sudden a new character interjects themselves into my novel. BAM! Or even more challenging, I character I've already planned the arc for decides to take on a new defect or asset. Sometimes I find a major plot point needs work or to be changed altogether. The lessons from my garden spill over into my writing...I have to stay flexible. I have to plant foliage that rabbits, groundhogs and moles don't like. I need to plant higher, out of reach. Likewise I need to allow my characters room to grow up, out, and take on their own ideas of where their destiny is headed. 
Misha stands guard--well, kind of
It's not easy, but with the support of great writer friends and most importantly, enthusiastic readers like you, it's doable. Thanks to all of my friends for being here--you are my most precious blooms.

8 comments:

Rogenna Brewer said...

Geri,

My garden is not dong so well. The plants that actually made it into the ground are thriving. The seeds I started in one of those plastic greenhouses, not so much.

Try rubber snakes in your garden. Or set a plastic owl on a perch overlooking you vegetables. Don't know it this works to keep the underground critters away, but it will work on squirrels and rabbits.

Snookie said...

quiet in here today... we don't have those kinds of animals to worrry about with our garden. Just bugs which can be a real menace in their own way!

Kathy Altman said...

Geri, I'm glad you haven't let the pesky little critters get you down. We have some very determined raccoons that will actually dig up our plants as soon as we put them in the ground! I love the way you've turned this little annoyance into a lesson in flexibility. Something we all need to work on! Good luck with your garden--and your writing! :-)

Geri Krotow said...

Rogenna, that's a great idea. But will it scare away the birds I feed in my garden? I know, I'm nuts!

Geri Krotow said...

Hi Snookie,
Bugs are voracious eaters, aren't they? I just noticed that the one rosebush I planted has lacy leaves--not meant to! I will try spraying a soapy mix on it first, before I resort to modern chemicals.

Geri Krotow said...

Thanks, Kathy. You know, I was wondering if it's a raccoon out there. It's the season for moms to forage for the babies, and we do have them around our area. We have black bears, too, but fortunately they remain on the other side of the interstate (for now)!

Kaelee said...

Geri ~ Gardening is such a challenge. I don't have big critters eating my plants. We have frost both late into the spring and early in the fall so there is a lot of stuff we can't grow that we would like to try. Also every once in a while we get hailed out. Flexible ~ great word for a gardener no matter where they live.

Karina Bliss said...

Geri, the plastic owl will scare away birds. They use it at my mother's golf club to keep them out of the cafe. Great post.
Karina

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