Elmer Fudd Gardening 101 – What’s Happening?

Gardening sounds so easy and most of the time it is, but once in a while strange things happen.

I call this Elmer Fudd Gardening. Why? Well, poor Elmer had his hands full tackling that rabbit named Bugs and it seems other little things popped up that made life interesting. Gardening can be a lot like this at times.

I remember my second year gardening. For some reason I could not get my cucumber plants to grow. I went through five seed packets, followed the directions on the back of the package but I had no plants. It was a little early in the spring and I thought I might be pushing the cucumber season. They do like warmer weather to start growing.

I read a few gardening books and then I realized, my tender plants were being snipped off at night by bugs. They come out after dusk and chew the plants off right at the soil line. Sure enough, after checking, I had little cucumber plant stems in my garden.

I solved this problem by covering my seedlings as soon as they were staring to pop out of the ground with terra cotta pots. The pots protected my plants and even kept them a little warmer at night, just in case my zone 5 climate decided to have a cool night.
Since I started using terra cotta pots in my garden I have not lost one plant. I also think the pots scare away rabbits and over small wild animals.

What garden challenges have you had?

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