Then this. Deer. They got my beans. And my sweet potatoes. See how the beans are razed across the top? This bush used to be about 2 foot tall. And full of beans.
You could say this is what I get for planting anything outside the fenced in area of our property. But I'm still mad. I didn't think the beans would grow out there because the soil is so bad, but wow they went like gangbusters.
Nibbled to nothing.
Now this. So this is kind of disappointing. Oh deer. Around here they are kind of a pestilence on the land. We call them land rats and rejoice when hunting season comes around. Gene Logsdon had something to say about there a while ago. Most nice folks just about burst into tears when you tell them how much damage deer cause to crops and how dangerous the roads are around here. But its not so hilarious when its your car or truck that's in a crumpled heap in a ditch. Or your beans that have been nibbled down to nothing.
Usually the deer aren't a problem for us within the fence. Back when the Old Man Neighbor had something to say to us he was always telling me that my field fence wouldn't keep the deer off our property. I'd always tell him that I wasn't foolish enough to expect the fence to keep them out - because this is how we keep the deer away around here. Kai is our best hunter and she hates the deer. You should see her in action, she is a vision when she's got her hunt on. Zander will come into his 'hell yeah' soon enough and the two of them will be a lethal combination for any varmints who cross our lines.
If you don't have big dogs you can keep the deer out by either building a really tall fence - or by installing a double fence, like our dog moat. The fence has to be tall enough so the deer can't jump over it - or low and wide enough part that they can't jump across it. For now I just need to figure out a way to get some netting over these beans to try and save them. Stupid deer.
Me, a bucket of beans, and My Fighting Uruk-Hai.. My Kai, my best hunter.
Later this fall we do another fencing project out where the beans are.... but not to keep the deer out. But to give Kai more land to patrol. My Fighting Uruk-Hai.... More feline then canine, she hunts the herds silently. Bring them down, Kai, bring them all down.
Any body else have their beans demolished by stupid deer? Drat.
Happy Tuesday everyone - lets all go find some netting to keep the varmints out of the harvest.