Pragmatism over Fury

I knew that gardening in the middle of the temperate rain forest would have its challenges; especially given that we back on to a forest.  However, I underestimated the extent to which the local bears, raccoons, skunks, squirrels and crows would treat it like their local supermarket.  And why wouldn’t they?  It’s all laid out for them, just waiting to be discovered.  I feel like a sucker-is it too crazy to imagine them chuckling behind my back?  I’m sure the answer to that one is yes.

I took this picture this morning of some lovely heirloom Old German tomatoes:

This afternoon I arrived back home to find this plant and two others knocked over, soil everywhere and all traces of tomatoes gone.  Bears are a huge problem here-they’re in and out of people’s backyards throughout the day and night.  One in particular, the “Big Bear” as we call him, spends a fair bit of time in our front yard and will even come right up to the front door and look in through the windows.  But I can’t lay all the blame on him -two days ago I looked out my bedroom window just in time to see a crow fly off with one of my roma tomatoes in its talons!  My window was wide open so I kept my comments to myself.

Now this bed has been planted, dug up and eaten, replanted, dug up, eaten and replanted again.  It’s definitely the work of something with opposable thumbs-my money is on those thug raccoons.  I’ve grown to begrudgingly admire their efficiency-they’re extremely meticulous.  And while it’s starting to get old,  I have learned that while skunks will dig indiscriminately and make an un-holy mess of everything, raccoons will be much more selective and methodically go about their business.   Jerks.

So gone are my A-type straight rows; I employed more of a “square foot gardening” meets “grab whatever hasn’t been gnawed on too badly and stick it back in the ground before it dries out” method.  Here we have cucumbers, zucchini, spinach, turnip, celery, butternut squash, swiss chard, broccoli, beets and kale.

So far this pumpkin has escaped everyone’s attention and I’m really hoping it makes it to Halloween.  Any thoughts on the ethical/legal implications of an electric fence in the middle of the city?

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