Frustrated!! (cows & corn!)

I was talking with some friends to today and we were discussing our gardens. My comment to them was that I was really hopeful for mine this year and I mentioned how much better my garden was doing this year than the last even though we are still somewhat considered in drought conditions. My garden corn crop was tall or taller than I am (5'5") and they would start coming off in the next week or so; beans, peas, and squash were doing great, cukes were coming off left and right...things were really looking great.
So later (early this evening) I happen to walk by the back door and look out at the sky as I knew we had the potential for some income storms and they were posting some warnings for the next county over...well, much to my dismay it looks as if the storm had dropped a twister right over my corn patch! To better explain, the cows got out and had ate half of my corn in the garden! I put Breanna in her playpen and go flying out the door while calling my hubby on the phone to tell him to come home quick. Put the extra wiring up on both ends of the house to keep the cows confined to the back yard and also shut the gates at the drive ways for extra protection should they break thru the wiring I had just put in place. I literally run back to the backyard and come up from behind them from the other end of the garden to try to get them out of the garden while also keeping them from destroying the half of the garden they hadn't got to yet. Start calling at them and "shoo-ing" at them, and they wouldn't budge...just looked up at me like I was crazy and kept munching. So I grad this piece of limb that was near by and start waving that at them...still didn't move an inch. By now I was mad and about ready to come in the house and get the bird-shot, so I took that tree branch and knocked the one nearest me on the rump. She moved then! Managed to get them all out of the garden by the time the hubby & Wyatt got here (they had been harvesting wheat) and I was purt near in tears standing there looking over all the damage done to the garden. Between the 3 of us we then got them all back in their fence and got the fence repaired.
Total damage report: half of the corn is destroyed, tried to right what we could of it, but of the damaged corn stalks, they are all knee high or lower now. An equal half of the peas, beans, & squash were all trampled but otherwise appear to be able to recover. I can't even look at the corn patch without crying now though...pregnancy hormones I guess, but pregnant or not, it's still discouraging to look at. I know there is plenty of other corn around here, but this was my own corn patch, not some my hubby planted for someone else! So now I'm frustrated, discouraged and very disgusted with the cows.
How's everyone else's gardens doing?
~Rae
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Sorry about your loss. Be happy it was just cows, not deer/ goats/ sheep/ horses. Sheep are not really that much trouble except when it cools down at night. Deer own this area. Goats think like the deer and are not the least bit afraid of humans or their smell. Horses just look very innocent and adorable with bits of your garden hanging from their mouth.
How's my garden doing? Well it is slowly getting better and better fences, with heavy thorn hedges to slow the deer. I figure if the deer can not see an easy entrance the garden is safer from them. We have gained a few tomatoes, may see some sunflowers and corn later. Mostly I would be happy if I could just balance the ph so the earthworms survived. If I can create a healthy earthworm population then I will have better water retention when it does finally rain.
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Vandy Terre wrote:

I know what you mean...we had goats last year. Ugh! When my grandfather passed, he left his herds of goats and cows to me & my hubby. The goats got to where they refused to stay put and we had to completely replant our garden several times last year. That coupled with the drought left us little harvest from our garden. We sold the goats after the 5th time of replanting. I think it was the fifth time...coulda been the forth...

Sorry you have to deal with the deer...While we are very much out in the country parts (nearest neighbor lives over a mile away, and then another mile to the next after that one), we have been blessed as far as deer and rabbits go. They will occasionally come in our yard, but so far (in 4 years time) they've never bothered the garden. Of course, they would have to deal with the dogs before they could get that far into the yard. Good luck with your ph balance and the worms!
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You need to run electric fence around the garden to keep the cows out. Two strings should do it. The vine borers got my yellow crooknecks again but everything else looks OK.

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