20 December 2008
Our little farm and the farms surrounding it (indeed the entire county) are teeming with deer. When April and I initially looked at the farm in March, we saw 27 deer in one day. So far I have only seen six in one day but, alas, I have been so preoccupied with the house interior that perhaps whole herds pass by.
Deer are virtually a pest here, demolishing gardens and the bucks kill trees by marking their territory by rubbing the bark away. The 1991 builders of our house built a tall cement wall around the garden to keep these pests from gobbling all of the produce. The wall does little to deter the raccoons and chipmunks who still feast on the new plants each spring.
(If you're wondering what that tall thing is on the deck, it is a weather monitoring station. A farmer needs to be acutely aware of the weather...)