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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tomatoes and Deer

In June I planted tomatoes in the front herb garden, in the area that was dug up during the February septic pump debacle. It is the sunniest part of the garden, and was nicely enriched with all the leaf mold and compost that was used to fill up the hole that needed to be dug to access the broken seal on the septic tank. I wondered if deer would eat tomato plants, and now I know that the answer is YES. The plants were untouched until mid-August, but at that time the deer started eating all sorts of things that they had been ignoring - the tomato plants, the geraniums next to the front door, petunias, bronze fennel, rudbeckia and asters. Each morning there was more munching of the tomatoes, and today I rescued our meagre harvest. Ah well, gardening is for the fun of the activity, and any harvest is a bonus.
Well munched tomato plants.

Our meagre harvest of cherry tomatoes.

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