- Dec 3, 2017
Years ago we had our garden cleared out while I was at work.
Sorry that happened to you.. It happened to a man I know... I saw a family of thieves (I've known my whole life) selling watermelons at the farmers market where I had take peaches to sell. I knew they didn't grow watermelons that year since their garden is against a hay field I leased. To be polite I went over to say hello and happened to ask where they got the melons. Their story wasn't convincing...Hubby has been watching the peaches ripen on our tree...waiting...waiting..decided today was his day to pick them for jam...but someone else wanted our peaches and took them all off the tree....2nd time this has happened...do not plant your trees where they can be seen from the road...we share what we have, so all you would have to do is ask for some....enjoy them...
All of my walnuts disappeared. Too high off the ground to blame Bambi. I suspect birds.ALL of my Arctic Kiwi's are gone.
They didn't dry up and drop off the vines. Theres none on the ground under it and theres none dried on the vine.
They're just .......gone
They were the size of nickles the last time I looked at them.
I know squirrels couldn't have gotten to them because of the pups are there. Rabbits neither, since they can't climb 4ft off the ground ( can they? ). And people certainly couldn't have gotten them
Oh well. Maybe next year I'll cover the vines with netting and see if that works
So strange they're just all gone
Read that.Coyotes will eat small fruit in a blink, usually swallow it whole. They'll eat peaches, plums etc and especially persimmons. Also (wouldn't have believed it except I saw it with my own eyes) ground hogs can and do climb small fruit trees and eat fruit. They are a lot bigger than their cousin the squirrel and eat a lot more.
Sort of funny, I once found a spot of ground all torn up in the peach orchard (8ft across). Coyote tracks were every where and it looked just like a kill site. Except there was no blood, feathers, hair or anything to show an animal was killed by a coyote. Yet the ground was all torn up! I looked at the spot for several minutes... Then I noticed it, a poopy peach pit... I had to stop and laugh when I realized a coyote had eaten a peach but had trouble passing the pit! He'd torn up all the ground straining... View attachment 71480
My dogs would eat American persimmons, when I was a kid. Peaches is a knew one on me.Coyotes will eat small fruit in a blink, usually swallow it whole. They'll eat peaches, plums etc and especially persimmons. Also (wouldn't have believed it except I saw it with my own eyes) ground hogs can and do climb small fruit trees and eat fruit. Then I noticed it, a poopy peach pit... I had to stop and laugh when I realized a coyote had eaten a peach but had trouble passing the pit! He'd torn up all the ground straining... View attachment 71480
I recall my dads comments at times about a dog crapping a peach pit. Guess you actually found one.I can't help but laugh when I find sign of wild critters doing something dumb. We all have seen nature shows of critters getting themselves into odd situations but its something I never really think about when tracking. When I do see it I find it funny as heck... For instance - deer fall down, it happens all the time, a graceful deer leaps, lands in slippery mud and splat!
However, if you're tracking that deer and find signs like this, really strange prints/sign... falling down is not the first thing that comes to mind. Tracks can be quite puzzling sometimes.
One night the dogs were barking and I went to check things out. A dog saw an armadillo and chased it into the woods at the end of the garden. But, there was a really strange sound as this started that didn't fit, it bugged me, couldn't figure out the sound. The next day I happened to walk by the spot the armadillo had been. I saw where he'd been digging for a grub. I saw the marks when he'd first heard the dogs and started to run. I trialed him into the woods... then sat down and laughed my butt off!!!
Armadillo's have really bad eye sight, I've seen them run into things before. I saw the sign where it had been digging, saw the tracks when it started to run. Then I saw the signs where it ran face first into and oak tree! View attachment 71498
I laughed my butt off... That's what the strange sound was... the armadillo hitting the tree! I know the story of the coyote is a little gross but I found the signs hysterically funny that morning. Most of the time, while tracking, it's easy to guess what a critter is doing, going to/from water, grazing/feeding, hunting, the normal things. But its really hard to figure out the odd things critters do just from tracks.
We have been harvesting the celery and using it in canning.... not getting enough to do cover all our needs but enough to cover about half....
All things considering I was able to harvest something all summer long and we were able to incorporate it into our food storage, so I am happy. I grew a number of things this year for the first time and had about a 50/50 good outcome...
I have celery in small containers (8" deep) and they are root bound, but stocks are about 2' tall... I didn't tie them so they are spread out more, but taste just fine.Celery
I read it likes deep soil like 5 foot deep. Did yours turn out luke super market celery?
You didn't mention your strides forward with watering etc. As to the failures... Didn't tou get lessons or three from each fail?
I grow "European" conventional veggies like tomatoes, zucchinis, beans, broccoli during our winter which is now but we are transitioning into Summer and so I grow Asian veggies then. I'll be growing loofa, New Guinea bean (which is a type of edible gourd and not a bean) Asian snake beans. I'm planting a variety of Asian bantam corn, kent pumpkins, white and orange sweet potato, cassava , water spinach and ginger in the back yard once I get the electric fence built.
I noticed the same thing with my bell peppers this year. They were noticeably darker than store bought with a lot better flavor! They were really good, down right yummy.I'll be harvesting all my celery I grew this year. 7 nice size plants. I'll chop them and then freeze 6 of them.
I've noticed that my celery is much darker green and stronger flavored than the store bought kind. The seed pack even said it was a "self blanching" type.
I'd like to try sweet potatoes in some containers next year