After weeks and weeks of thinking, prioritizing, growing anxious, feeling motivated, and finally purchasing all that I needed to do something about my new fixation on gardening, I have red strawberries. Or rather, HAD red strawberries.
I made my box, dug out the topsoil, filled it with purchased soil, transplanted my strawberries, broccoli, onions, raspberry bush, and tomato plant, and watered them well. I also used a vintage fridge drawer that I found under our porch when we moved in as a shallow planter after drilling a few drainage holes. Mostly because I had more onions than I had planter space. I settled on one small 4' x 4' raised bed to scratch the gardening itch instead of two or three 4' x 8' beds since I'm still a gardening novice and because our summer schedule may keep us away long enough for our garden to suffer.
Sebastian helped me water the plants and hammered a stake into the ground like his life depended on it. He also resisted picking the young strawberries even though they were finally turning red. Much to my dismay, I went out the next day to find the red strawberries were gone! Later as I was cleaning off the back porch I saw a robin pecking away at another plant and shooed it off. The day after that I caught a squirrel digging up the strawberry and broccoli plants! I wasn't prepared for such an attack on my little garden.
After doing a little research via Twitter and Google I came across a few deterants. Red pepper flakes in and around the plants to ward off the squirrels, a piece of green rubber tubing cut to resemble a snake to ward off the birds, cds or other shiny objects to catch the suns rays, getting a dog, etc. I've decided to set up Sebastian's teepee frame (minus two legs) over the garden and to drape plastic netting over it to see if it'll keep the critters from getting in. It'll be easy to water and I'll still be able to glean the goods once they are ready. We'll see how it goes.
I could always borrow my brother's old bb gun and have a teaching moment with Sebastian. I tease. DO share your own tricks for keeping wildlife from feasting on your urban garden as I'm sure I'm not the only one with hungry beasts living in my trees.