It’s that glorious time of year again – harvest season. It’s the time when all of the hard work you’ve put in to gardening all year comes to fruition and you reap what you’ve sown. It’s the time when you understand that all of the hard work’s been worth it after all.
Unfortunately for us, we won’t be getting nearly as many of these good feelings as most gardeners. The truth is that we didn’t have a great gardening season here. We thought things were really on track and that we did everything right, and we did.
Then we realized that we were sharing the garden with a groundhog.
Once a small groundhog, he is now more the size of a terrier, all thanks to our zucchini, tomatoes, pumpkin, cucumber, corn, and tomatillos. He got them. Nearly all of them.
We are very sad about the sacrifice we’ve made to the groundhog. We really are. We tried so hard. We put in a lot of hours. We’re still gathering what we can salvage from the garden. We’ve still got lots of potatoes and celeriac to look forward to. At least he hasn’t bothered to dig those out of the ground.
We’re not going to let this deter us. Next year we’re going to try again – maybe with a fence or a motion activated water sprinkler.
Here’s where we were not so long ago:
This is what we’ve managed to collect:
We’ll just keep trying.