dear deer, please leave.

First it was the birds, who came for the feeders I put out. There was a blissful week of nature romance; hours spent watching them and identifying their colors in my Sibley.

Then came the squirrels, clued in by the birds, who brought the dream crashing to the ground and started me on my campaign to find the perfect baffle.

And now this gal and her friends.

She’s so pretty, and will probably reduce the sunflower bed I’m bound to have growing under the feeders come spring, but come on – I want to garden! Vegetables. Fruit. For me. Not deer salad bar!!

When I get back from Phili I’m buying a book on fencing. And figuring out how to get rid of the mice. ‘Cos yeah, they’re here too now.

11 Responses to “dear deer, please leave.”

  1. Barb Says:

    I’m too far in town to get deer, but the others are familiar! …and bold!

  2. jude Says:

    o lord. mice. they are everywhere and tho there are no deer here, rabbits are no picnic either, you must have rabbits too!

  3. rose Says:

    Isn’t that what the kitties are for?

    Why aren’t they mousing!!! Bad kitties!

  4. boodely Says:

    The cats are doing some sort of catch and release hunting. All the excitement without the gore.

    Good lord – rabbits! I may have to open a petting zoo.

    And I’m in town too, Barb. There’s a street light! They care not. Or it could be they’re just too desperate and hungry and avoiding the hunters on the mountain.

  5. Wendy Says:

    We have groundhogs, or woodchucks if you will. They adore our yard. We’ve unwittingly created their ideal habitat…lots of long grass, piles of wood and sticks, and idealistic homeowners who still plant luscious kale and lettuce EVERY YEAR! Yep, every year. But this year we’ve committed ourselves to onions and garlic only. Every year…
    oh, and, I happen to think the white wisp of fur just above the groundhog’s nose is the cutest…

  6. Katy Says:

    I don’t recommend fencing with deer.

    They’re quick on their feet and don’t use safety foils.

  7. Susan Says:

    Rotten egg spray is effective in keeping deer off plants.

  8. Ellen Says:

    The few small gentleman farmer vegetable gardens that I have seen succeed in the Catskills with lots of wildlife living in the woods near by have 8 foot high fences around them….which don’t seem to keep the bears out.

    Did I tell you I saw a large black bear with a brown nose a mile from my house?? Thank God I was in the car. I just stopped to wait and let him pass. He was a big one!!

  9. Katie Says:

    I haven’t “visited” for some time. That film your brother made is INCREDIBLE!!!

  10. Kevin Says:

    Have M save his haircuts in a bag… and sprinkle it around the perimeter of your garden in ever expanding areas.
    The deer in Texas were warned off by the smell of people unless the were veeeeeery hungry.

    This is not a perfect solution, but used with the others it will certainly help.

  11. boodely » Blog Archive » she’s back Says:

    […] She is back. Every day. Usually in the morning when I’m making coffee, but sometimes mid-afternoon. For a second snack. […]

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