This week my son and I completed putting up a fence around our new vegetable garden. This was in response to some critter or other chewing off the leaves on several tomato plants. The morning after I posted the previous blog entry, the tomatoes were fine, but something had started chewing on the sunflowers.
By this point I no longer suspected a rabbit or a groundhog. As we returned home the evening after we partially installed then fence, around 9 pm, a deer walked across the yard, sniffed the fence, and then started munching on some nearby plants. We watched her for about ten minutes, and when I got out of the car to shoo her away, she ran back into the woods, chased by a very large fox. (That’s another reason why I’m not suspecting rabbits so much anymore.)
The next morning, she returned, a bit further back in the yard. This is by no means the first time we have had deer in the back yard; I’ve seen groups as large as eight running around the lawn near the woods. However, since we had not seen them much recently, we assumed they had moved moved on.
This doe was not at all shy. I walked closer and closer to her as I was taking photos and she didn’t seem to care much. In fact, after this next shot, she looked me right in the face and started walking toward me. I decided it was time to go indoors.
I’m hoping the fence holds, though I may need to resort to some other measures when the vegetables get taller. I’ll tackle that next month when and if it becomes an issue. I know some people have put a single line of what is essentially an electric fence around the top of an existing fence. I really don’t plan to do that, though motion-activated lasers keep coming to mind as a solution.