“Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again.” Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

An old image, yet you can see that things were growing nicely.

Another problem has emerged in my Vegetable garden last week. As you may recall, I spent over a week last year attempting to perfect my designs for a shield to protect my vegetables from the marauding beaks of my Geese. I seemed to eventually settle on a couple of solutions which appeared to work, one was a high wire frame (for my climbing beans and peas), the other was a low level dome (for my Lettuce and Broccoli).

The other day when I went to water my plants after several high temperature days, to discover that all my Broccoli plants had been eaten and several lettuce plants were devoured. Upon discovering this I stood in shock, staring at the scene of the crime in an attempt to deduce what had occurred. The plants were several inches below the wire, so I could not see how an animal could reach them. I considered that maybe a snail or slug did this, yet we had not had rain for several days and I doubt this much damage could be done so quickly by such small creatures. In my investigation I pressed down on the top of the wire dome and I found that with a little pressure the wire would lay on top of the vegetables growing underneath. I realised that one of the Geese must have climbed onto the wire and was then able to have free access to the vegetables. I places some wooden stakes through the wire to prevent this from happening again, yet the majority of the damage has been done. I will have to wait weeks for the Broccoli to grow back (if they ever recover) and some of my best Lettuce, from some of which I had intended to collect seeds, have now been destroyed.

As you can see here, all the Broccoli heads have been eaten and some of the lettuce to the left are hacked up.

I am already making plans on how to prepare the Geese when I catch them.  While they are doing some work for me, I know they are more work than they are worth.  I just have to be in the mood to catch them and process them.

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