|Most vines on the left are in tact... not so for the right hand side!|
|Right hand side|
|Left hand side|
|Replanted and covered with shiny tape|
Do you remember in March I wrote about some meddlesome moles that were causing a slight problem in the tunnel house gardens? They seem to have decided that there are better bugs somewhere else and I have had no problems with them lately, which is very fortunate as I am now dealing with another enemy.......
Every year I plant sweet potatoes and try to keep on top of weeding them. This year I sense that my weeding time in the garden is going to be limited so I gave in and put down black plastic mulch and planted the vines through small holes I made in the plastic. Every time I went to check on them I was impressed by the lack of weeds, but confused as to why the majority of the plants on one side had simply disappeared.... or at least been removed from the holes and left to dry out close by. And then one day when I wandered down to inspect them I discovered the culprit... a CROW! The stupid birds had decided that they would use my sweet potato patch as their play pen and were having a great time simply pulling out the vines... they don't eat them, they just pull them out... more than slightly annoying!
Today I bought some new plants and replanted them in the original holes and got out my shiny tape which will hopefully deter the crows long enough for the plants to get established. If not I'm thinking I might have to pitch a tent near by and use my teaching voice to scare them the way I scare the bad kids in my classes!