Those of you with a fenced in yard are just plain lucky. Maybe I should reword that: those of you without deer are just plain lucky. I am browsing Pinterest this morning for general ideas and pretty pictures and photo after photo is filled with gloriously abundant gardens while I’m stuck here thinking, how are they getting away with this?
Well I guarantee you they don’t have deer. Erg… deer. I don’t think a fence around the property would make that big of a difference. Deer can easily jump anything under 8 feet tall and the stray dogs –our other big problem– would just come down the driveway. So any of you that don’t have to contend with the deer population’s grumbling tummies, consider yourself very lucky indeed. We are very confined in our 22’x32′ growing space, but I do consider myself lucky to be able to use such a beautifully fenced garden space.
Oh, and about those dogs, I am officially instituting a “no canine discrimination” policy. This morning we found two dogs inside the fenced rabbit play area where Casper’s hutch is. They were digging and trying to get at him, but that pallet hutch is strong stuff! Luckily he was fine and just snagged one of his nails hopping around trying to stay away. He was scared, but I held him awhile and put some triple antibiotic on his bloody nail. A dog can easily scare a rabbit to death.
It wasn’t just today either, there are constantly dogs in our yard. Big dogs and usually more than one running in a pack. I guess people around here figure we’re in “the sticks” and no one will mind if their Pit Bulls and German Shepards run wild.
Well I for one have lost too many pets (pre-farm) to stray dogs and now I will be taking my pellet gun to any trespassing dog’s rump. Not only that, but I have a little girl that loves to play outside and I refuse to sacrifice my yard so that someone else’s dogs can run around. Cami has been knocked down in our own driveway by a pack of loose Pit Bulls before I could grab my shovel. I am just sick of it and I have the right to defend my property, my livelihood, and my child.