| Dear Customer,
For most of us, it is time to prepare the garden and flower beds
for winter. For many years now, my wife and I have extended our
fresh carrot season by putting a cunning arrangement of hay bales
over a row of carrots. The bales protect the carrots from frost
right into January.
Last year we thought we had found the best arrangement yet, a
pyramidal structure which covered all the cracks and kept everything
warm and dry. But when we opened the main part of the structure
in early January, it looked like a war zone. Mice had moved in.
There had been much riotous living in the hay bales. Several pounds
of chipped carrots were packed away in one nest and partially
eaten carrots had been dragged into nooks and crannies everywhere.
We half expected to find miniature beer bottles strewn around.
So this year, we need a new approach. But that is typical of
all gardening. You deal with mini-disasters constantly, always
optimistic that next year they can be averted. Maybe wire mesh
or a plastic cat would foil them
Leonard G. Lee