It’s impossible to grow a garden where I live because I’m too close to the desert where all the little critters live. By that, I mean the whole desert is my backyard. I have no neighbors behind me and the wildlife know it.
My neighbor has a nice garden, but she has houses around her and has the area fenced in to keep the rabbits out. This doesn’t stop the gophers or the chipmunks, but they do have other places to go before they reach her house.
I don’t really have the time for a garden, but I do enjoy fresh veggies and I did try to have one for a while when we first moved here. It became an adventure in futility. I finally resorted to container gardening and then had to take drastic measures and wrap the containers in chicken wire. This didn’t stop the chipmunks that wanted to eat my fresh veggies.
Chipmunks in the flower pots
Now they are cute little guys and I certainly would never do them any harm, but they’re determined and love anything green. It’s a challenge to grow flowers and potted plants here. With these critters thriving, I’m surprised anything alive survives. They nibble off the green shots as soon as they appear.