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Yesterday afternoon I went outside to take some pictures for today’s Farmer Friday post thinking that I would show you just how well all the seeds in my raised garden bed were doing after almost two weeks. Almost all of them had sprouted and with the rain we had this week they should have been getting on just fine. Just to recap, here’s what the garden bed looked at right after it was all built:

And yesterday when I went outside, my jaw dropped.

Sorry, I took iPhone pictures because I couldn’t compose myself to go get the good camera. Remember how I was all like, “Oh yeah, this bird netting and hooks will prevent those stupid squirrels from getting in and bury their nuts and ruining my life!” Nope. And sure, it could have been something besides squirrels (we don’t have moles or gophers in our area unless they recently moved in) like a skunk…. but I suspect it’s the pesky squirrels.

And why such DEEP holes!?!? I am ready to rage on those suckers. Really, that loose and nutritious soil was so tempting that they had to find a spot in the net to get in and DESTROY my garden? Ughhh. There wasn’t much I could do. I don’t know what seeds they may have simply eaten or just displaced so I have to wait to see what comes up. I pushed around some of the dirt to fill in the worst hole. And then we had some extra pavers lying around that I put all around the box to hold the net down better.

That’s a really cute look. Holy garden bed with ghetto pavers and rocks all around it.

On the upside, the pole beans look like they finally figured out they have the ability to stop looking like they’re about to croak and now look like they’re taking off. So here’s the garden now (that one pole bean in the center still isn’t looking so hot):

This honestly broke my heart. All that hard work and thought about preventing something like this and it still happens.

Your turn to share your gardening-related broken heart stories so I don’t feel like it’s just me. Go.