Unfortunately the rabbits slowly discovered the sweet peas and green beans. They decimated about 60 beautiful pea plants, and almost all of the green beans. They seemed to avoid plants that were surrounded by other plants so one idea to protect them is to plant a variety of plants in a complicated mess. The rabbits seem extremely timid and careful, and this might be enough to slow their attack.
I'm experimenting with growing a garden this year! In order of how well they seem to be doing as of June 21, here's what I've planted:
I also planted eggplant (Burpee's Black Beauty), this haven't done well, I think any of these sprouted.
These were all planted directly in the ground. I started a few seedlings, but I wasn't super successful. So far, the best garden bed is a small one that gets a lot of sunlight, that I haphazardly dropped an excessive number of misc seeds into.
Some ideas for next year include:
Grow lettuce and kale
Make better use of the fence in growing cantaloupes, squash, beans, and peas. Maybe try watermelon as well!
We'll see how things turn out come later in the season, but it seems like some plants do well with haphazardly planted seeds rather than organized rows.
I have several larger areas where not much is growing at all. I think I can fill some of that space with lettuce.
Look into how to diversify a little. It seems as though marigolds provide some protection, are there other ways to plant that will ward off pests?
Definitely try growing hot peppers, jalapeños and maybe something like habeneros
Other possibilities: sunflowers, cucumbers (they should grow well along the fence!)
Garlic and potatoes (need different planning!)
Maybe regular zucchini and squash
Try starting seedlings in the larger container, the little ones didn't work out very well.
You know what to do with peas! All those years of "pick your own" and helping me freeze! And the home frozen always tasted better than the store-bought frozen. Once when you were maybe 10 or 12, I ran out of home frozen and served store bought frozen. Your comment, "These aren't your peas, are they."