woke up to find the deer ate my plants - what to do?
I've never had deer in my yard here, but judging by the tracks and how they ate the tops off every single one of my tomato plants save one, it sure seems like they are the culprit. We've had an awful, cold spring, so my plants were already not taking off. (They were grown by a friend, though, and she got them to a beautiful start, and some had blossoms). Now the top of the stem is gone, as are the blossoms - they've lost about half of their growth. It's June 8 and we have a short growing season here. Besides deer-proofing with fencing, what do I do? Hope the tomatoes come back enough to produce? Or go to a nursery and buy bigger plants to replace them? Leaning towards the latter, as this is the first year I've been able to garden in the ground (finally, no containers) and after fighting blackberries for two years, I really just want to have some homegrown veggies beyond a handful. Sniff.