Getting off the grid means dealing with nature and nature has plenty of animals in it, when you hear "deer eats garden" that is a headline no gardener wants to hear, we actually cringe because all the hard work to provide for yourself and your family just went back into the woods with a full tummy.
This will be the first time I had my green beans attacked by deer. I should have known when I seen this deer in my back field that she would come on in, deer do eat gardens!
This year I planted or had help planting more than usual because I am canning my food for Winter and longer. I had two very long rows of bush green beans, all was blooming so I knew that I would have many to eat and home can.
When I went out yesterday to pick the vegetables and work in the garden I was so disappointed that my green beans had been eaten by deer, some plants they pulled up. I still went through and found enough for one meal. I had the green beans for breakfast today, I added one large potato cut into blocks, A dab of butter and salt, they were awesome! I still see a few blooms on the left over stems, I may get a few more.
I think I have created two little monsters! While picking blackberries I always had a dog under foot, so I stuck a blackberry in the Golden`s mouth and he loved them so he will pick his own now while I pick mine, Well, I rescued another dog, He is a beagle, and a few days ago I had him with me on a leash and I stick one in his mouth so he would know what I was doing and to stop pulling me. I think I created a little monster! He now gets to this area, and this area only and begins to take red and black berries :)
Last year after one of the dogs got hit by a car I fenced in the backyard and I try to walk daily and I take the dogs with me, the golden minds and will come to me when I call him, the Beagle not so much. He is getting better because he knows he is my dog now and that I will take care and love him, but its the Beagles nature to take off on a scent of a rabbit and there are many of those around.
Have you ever had deer to eat your garden?
By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry