by Connie Oswald Stofko
When Lindsay and Timothy Dzielski had their garden in the backyard, the deer ate everything. The groundhog and squirrels got a share, too.
The garden also competed for space with all of the kids’ toys.
So in March, when things suddenly closed down because of the pandemic, they tried something new. They built raised beds in a dead space along their driveway.
“This is how you enjoy gardening while you enjoy wildlife,” Timothy said. “People never use this space, or they use it to make another driveway.”
The beds are covered in different ways, and each way has been successful in keeping deer and other critters from eating the plants.
“Nothing gets in,” Lindsay said.
Moving the gardens from the backyard to the space along the driveway also frees up play space for the kids, Jayden, 10, and Bailey, 4.
“The kids can be involved in gardening, but this is a way to keep the kids out, too,” Lindsay said. “They can’t accidentally run over the plants with Power Wheels.”
The couple shared their landscape on the City of Tonawanda Garden Walk in August.