Critters, Drought and Gardening
|Deer damage to a hosta plant.|
The area that I live in is a thermal belt with cooler summers and warmer winters and normally 56 inches of rain per year. That works out to be 1 inch plus per week. Not this year. Spring did not bring lots of rain and my plants did not grow as tall as they should have. We are now in a moderate drought and each day they forecast rain, but it just does not come. The temperature and humidity is really high and it is not pleasant to be outside. I have been watering to keep the garden alive.
The deer have found my garden and one deer did lots of damage to hostas, lilies, roses, hydrangeas and containers of annuals. I am now spraying the garden to keep the deer out. The pictures show the deer damage to my plants.
|Deer damage to my container and oakleaf hydrangea.|
|No lilies this year!|
|Deer damage to my rose garden.|
|A very large tomato hornworm enjoying my heirloom tomatoes. This hornworm is about 5 inches long.|
This is what tomato hornworms do to your tomato vines.
I am now spraying the plants to keep the deer away and it seems to be working. I am using a product that is all natural called Deer Out. The hornworms are another story. They are hand picked and given a toss down the mountain!