Toughest garden vegetable there is?
June 8, 2012 3:54 PM Subscribe
Toughest garden vegetable (or herb) there is?
posted by skbw to Home & Garden (22 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I am blessed to have an actual vegetable garden in NYC, but cursed with groundhogs (or a beaver-like animal NOS) and, worse, some exceptionally bloodthirsty neighborhood kids. Many of them I know personally, so I can attest to their lack of upbringing.
I need some very hardcore plants that also have low theft appeal. For example, no watermelon. Last year's tomatoes were used as baseballs, so I hear.
Put in some squash. A whole package so that at least a couple vines make it. Put in some green beans, about which I am less sanguine. Will perhaps try hot peppers, but the animules may well eat the foliage before the peppers can repel them. (Wait...the chile pequin isn't a perennial?) Rosemary and mint come to mind, too.
Groundhog already ate the tomatoes, but they aren't done yet. He seems less interested in the cucumbers. Soil is too bad for root vegetables--carrots won't grow, radishes barely.
Because this isn't actually my property, sadly, no, I can't put up a fence beyond the merely symbolic. I also cannot shoot a couple of these animals and thereby discourage the rest, it being the city.
The purpose of the garden is for some little kids I know. As long as they can play in the dirt, they're happy, but it would be nice if SOMETHING made it.
Thanks for your help!