Deer Were Here – Winter Farm Walk

This is how deer eat turnips around here in the winter time.  First they browse off the greens and than they go after the turnips themselves while they are still in the ground.  They are sloppy and disorganized about it, like a toddler learning to eat an apple.  They manage to get at least one bite from each, usually more. The deer pressure is on the upswing around here.  They are abundant and hungry.  Signs of them are everywhere, deep hoof prints in the mud, spicy winter greens munched down to the nubs and now they are going after half …

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First Green

If you look closely at this picture you can see thin, green lines of sugar snap peas coming up in the beds.  Even though the germination looks pretty good, we are a long way from harvest.  These tiny shoots are very attractive to deer and groundhogs and now that they have emerged from the soil, we need to scramble to protect them. It’s hard to imagine that if all goes well, in just a couple of months these plants will be tall enough to require six feet of trellis which we will piece together from old tomato stakes and flower netting.  …

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