TOP O' THE MORN: Here's a tribute to island gardeners

The sunny months have begun on Whidbey Island and in May, gardening kicks into high gear. Whidbey Island offers much for local gardeners and we offer this short tribute to them.

Gardening Hazards

My husband raised a garden

And it looked might fine,

But the darling little chipmunks

Ate the peas right off the vines.

The rabbits ate the carrots

And the fieldmice ate the beets

Raccoons soon decided

That the corn would be their treats.

My husband fought the birds for berries

And got a pint or two.

The slugs ate the tomatoes,

And on cabbages they chew.

The deer delight in pole beans,

They seem to have no fright,

They feast upon the apples,

When my husband’s in bed at night.

It seems his hope of gardening

Is a pleasure he must pass.

And maybe next springtime

He’ll plant it all to grass!

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