Reflectionsby the Pond
No. 402 July 6, 2009
seedlings, and, of course, anything and every-thing planted in the vegetable garden. Practi-cally anything we set out will quickly becomeappetizer or main course for a deer dinner.Tis time of the year their voracious gazefalls lovingly upon the delicate and sweet-tasting new growth in the gardens. So wetake extraordinary measures to protect thatwhich we hope will grace our dinner tablelater in the season. For the ﬁrst time, this yearwe have erected continuous fencing aroundthe entire perimeter of the vegetable garden.Te taller fence stops the deer, while the baseDuring my weekly sojourn about theproperty mowing oﬀ the grass, it is my habitto take mental inventory of all the nooks andcrannies: the progress of the growing things,the rotted oak limbs that have fallen, newholes and runs made by moles—as well as allthe latest nibblings of our hoofed friends.Tey fancy the fruit trees, and the matureapple, cherry, and pear trees in our orchardhave all been pruned from the bottom up bythe browsing deer. But also on their diet arethe decorative bushes, gladiolus, red twigdogwoods, hostas, evergreen trees, elm tree
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ut of all the beasts with which we live—
acongregation which includes wild turkeys, possums,squirrels and chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, andthe odd badger and bobcat—none is as destructive as the deer.
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