Sacramento Bee readers share their gardening adventures.
Chuck and Linda Stechman of Carmichael found a creative solution to a garden dilemma – and a new pastime for their granddaughter, Whitney.
“After having our in-ground garden being munched by our friendly deer in late May, we decided to build two planters for our raised deck,” Chuck Stechman explained. “The experience has been a great learning experience for our 4 1/2-year-old granddaughter and us. She not only helped build the planters, but she poured the soil and planted the plants.”
(That’s Whitney showing off her planted flower boxes in spring.)
Throughout the summer, Whitney’s garden boxes proved an irresistible draw for the little girl.
“Every morning when our granddaughter arrives, we visit the garden to check on progress,” Stechman said.
Out of range from the deer, these (really) raised beds also provided a good share of fresh vegetables and berries.
“In spite of the cool nights, the garden has been reasonably productive,” Stechman said. “We have learned that it is important to feed the plants weekly to encourage blossoms. The taste winners are the strawberries and the golden tomatoes. The heirloom pineapple tomatoes are pretty but only mildly tasty.”
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