My Edible Green Garden Is Made Safe from the Ever Plundering Deer

Incredible that my vegetable garden of heirloom tomatoes and bell peppers, sugar pumpkins, baskets of lemon and sweet basil and heirloom lettuce, rosemary and golden and purple sage, a thriving blackberry bush, and serranos and jalapeños is now pronounced “safe” from the ever hungry, plundering deer. With sound ingenuity and hustling muscle we’ve managed to keep these ever bottomless-pits at-bay, while keeping “green” with the environment, for all residing animals concerned: deer, rabbits, cats, song birds, hummingbirds, honey bees, and lizards.

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When we first moved onto this property, there were three gateless entrances through which the deer were used to traveling through—in and out they came, eating anything and everything in their path. But we have now closed off those entrances with makeshift gates. And though I know that they can easily jump a 6-foot fence, the drop from the other side of the gates makes their jump impossible. Now we watch them just walk on by. Yay!

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Aside from the time that we lived for a while in an apartment, we have always been able to grow our precious tomatoes and herbs. But never have we seen our tomatoes flourish as they are now, on this beautiful little mountain we live on. Our anticipation for all the things we’ll be able to do with our harvest is literally driving me crazy.

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I am unbelievably excited and most impatient!

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I do nothing but dream about my upcoming recipes: making fresh tomato sauce, tomato sandwiches, grilled tomatoes, and salads with fresh tomatoes aplenty…. The possibilities are simply endless.

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Next month I plan to give another update, with photos of the ripening tomatoes and growing heirloom bell peppers, etc., with the great hope, too, that I will have tiny pumpkins getting started to show off.

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So, at this very moment, I can say, with a great, big smile on my face, I LOVE those ravenous deer, since they are no longer a threat to my edible garden!

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We dream a life to be; we live to dream that life! (vka)

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