Since a deer (probably) entered and ate in our garden night before last, we have put up some quick defenses in our garden until we can get something better.
For noise, we have tied aluminum pie pans to a few t-posts. When the wind blows, the aluminum pie pans blow around a hit the metal stakes, making a loud racket. We also tied Bounce sheets to other metal stakes. These sheets are supposed to throw off a deer’s sense of smell. We’ll see how these work. Finally, our dad attached a motion sensor light to our swing set . This will light up a portion of our garden. While none of these methods will keep any deer away for any length of time, we are hoping that they will work until we can get something else rigged up.
I also wanted to mention a plant which has been growing in one of our side gardens. This plant is very large; it had huge leaves! I didn’t measure the largest leaf, but I estimate that it was over a yard long and almost as wide. I did include a picture of a smaller leaf with my hand for reference. I believe this plant is common burdock, but I’m not positive. I wanted to wait a little longer to see if I could eat the stalk, but my dad said it had to go since we have to get our watermelons in.
Anyway, it’s gone now. That is a little bit unfortunate since burdock is edible in certain stages, but I know what it looks like now, so hopefully I can find some more!