Six years ago I contemplated how my plans to cultivate raspberries completely miscarried, and yet ultimately succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.
I'm now experiencing a similar phenomenon in regards to my garden.
This year I planted three crops within the fenced enclosure: carrots, snow peas and green onions. The green onions never stood a change, the snow peas produced a little but are now on death's door. The carrots seem to be doing well, but I'm in no hurry to harvest them.
But there's another crop that seems to be flourishing, and that is yellow squash. I planted this outside the fence to act as something of a buffer. Squash plants have tiny prickers so having a line of them (I reasoned) would reinforce my defensive line.
I also knew that one of the first crops I planted was squash and it did really well, with trivial losses to animals.
Thus the irony: plants that I had no real investment in are now the primary hope for a successful year. They germinated late because of the drought and I'd actually given up hope on them but now they're just taking off. Last time we had so much squash that I had to give it away. I'd love to have the same problem this years.