This is the advice page. Here you’ll find what problems we’ve experience, what’s worked and what hasn’t.
May 7, 2009
Here’s a poser from our garden. We planted an asparagus bed a few years ago. It got established and then went gangbusters for a couple of years. But we noticed last year that a couple of the hills hadn’t come back.
This is our patch today:
Not a single shoot. Every book I’ve consulted says once it’s established, nothing should bother it. So I’ll do some more research. Could it be some kind of root rot?
Below is a picture of our spring garden. Several solutions are pictures. First, Mike built a low fence of wood and chicken wire that surrounds the plot. You see, we have rabbits. Lots and lots of rabbits.
We tried sprinkling blood meal on everything. That used to work for us in our previous garden. But blood meal, which washes off with each rain, was no match for the sheer numbers we found at this place. Since the fence, we’ve had no further problems.
Another solution in the picture is the sawed-off milk and cooking oil jugs. We put these over plants for a week or so just after they go in the ground. They protect from surprise cold snaps, of course. But even if a cold snap isn’t in the forecast, they help shield the tender plant from harsh winds, insects and birds.
Speaking of birds, here’s a picture of our solution to another problem.
Birds, unfortunately, build their nests right when little plants are at their most tender. That means they sometimes come in and snip off parts of new plants to carry off. We’ve found the easiest way to keep everyone happy was appeasement. The birds get the loose straw and we get to keep the plants.
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