June 28th, 2011 Categories: Del Ray
Last year we proudly purchased three tomato plants, pots, stakes, soil, etc. Each morning we stepped eagerly out the back door to check on the progress of our plants.
At first everything was fine – they grew rapidly, blossoms formed and then the first tiny tomatoes appeared. The tomatoes got bigger and the anticipation almost unbearable – until one morning there were no tomatoes – at all. SQUIRRELS!!!!!!!!!
Enter neighbors Michael and Brian whose houses, one on Windsor and one on Custis, share a garden. They too were plagued by tomato eating renegade squirrels. But rather than simply give into the inevitable, they took action. Call it the new urban gardening if you will, but at least these two Del Ray residents will have home grown tomatoes this summer.
The first, not very serious plan, was to fence in the entire garden plot but with plenty of room for Winston, a squirrel loving Jack Russell Terrier. That idea abandoned, Michael and Brian came up with a squirrel proof cage for their tomatoes. Literally. It’s amazing what you can do with chicken wire and two by fours.
Taking it one step further, these urban gardeners planted so that vertical plants, like green beans, would grow on the outside of the cage, creating a more appealing aesthetic for the neighborhood.
Add in zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, purple cabbage and cucumbers and these two families have their own personal Farmer’s Market.
Ummmmmm, wonder if Michael and Brian hire out?
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