What can be done to protect your veggie garden from destructive critters? Libby Blyth in Crystal has some creative ideas. She's in the process of planting her raised garden beds filled with sugar snap peas, bush beans and pole beans.
Blyth's large yard and garden space was a selling point when she purchased the home last year. The garden guru ties a string on each side of the garden beds to keep plants organized. She also made a cucumber fence with garden twine and bamboo.
"I'm hoping to grow them vertically instead of on the ground so we get more yield of cucumbers and they don't get rot on the bottom," said Blyth.
The Crystal resident is also testing out something different to keep destructive critters away --- plastic snakes. So far it has worked.
"The snakes keep the squirrels and the birds away from the seedlings and they're working so far because the squirrels are very hungry," she said.
Blyth is also a member of the Binding Roots Gardening Club. She started most of her plants from seeds and grew most of the vegetables in her basement before planting them outside.
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