Friday, March 29, 2013

The War Begins...

     It is time for my annual war with nature.  My veggie garden is planted and ready to go to hell in a hand basket, (Always the optimist, I am.).  Every year for the past six years, we've lost out veggies and fruits.  I don't know why I even try any more, and yet every year a few hundred dollars go into prepping, plants, and plots, (See what I did there?  Alliteration, yay.), only to see that the bugs and wildlife eat well.

     This is a stink bug.  They are evil.  They have eaten my tomatoes for the past two years.  Apparently I grow tomatoes for stink bugs and raccoons.

     This is the damage a leaf miner brings.  They also are evil.  Last year they ate the leaves off of my tomatoes.  This year they are trying to eat the leaves off of my little satsuma tree.

     This is a raccoon.  They are of course evil, cute, but evil.  For the past six years they have eaten my tomatoes, watermelons, satsumas and grapes.  They have not eaten the broccoli, jalapeno peppers, and okra.  They do like to pick the sweet pepper and throw it at the house (seriously).  I figure they do that just because they know we are at war.

     We've put up a fence between us and the swamp/woods and moved the garden to the front of the property.  We thought it would help with the stink bugs and the raccoons.  Yesterday there was a stink bug just over my mirliton plant on our newly raised fence and a raccoon on the patio eating cat food and giving me the middle finger.  I losing and the war hasn't even started.  Anyone else have a garden yet?


  1. Jude, you are in a nature, bugs, animals, cute but evil war!
    Those raccoons are after you and the bugs are acting like gang members.
    I hope that you persevere and win this war.

  2. We have just started turning our garden and preparing the soil. And yet, I know the f-ing deer are going to destroy or eat anything we put out.

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  4. Okay, so I can't help but "squee" at the raccoon picture because they are so cute, I can't imagine they'd do that much damage. I myself am waiting for blackberry season when I have to launch my war against squirrels and birds...the blackberries are already flowering...and I am watching...closely...with evil eyes...

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  6. Thanks Ofelia. : )

    I hear deer are a problem, but we don't have them here in the NOLA suburbs, although I did see one in a marsh area I pass by to get home. What do y'all do to keep them out? They're so big, I can't imagine anything stopping them for long.

    Oh Kathleen they are insidiously clever, don't let those adorable little button eyes fool you.