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Wildlife crossing

Turkey family

Can you see the baby turkeys in the photo above? I took this picture at the furthest extent of my camera's zoom, but maybe the image below will help see that the entire family was literally strolling down the road right by our place.

Baby turkeysI don't mind the turkeys, but the deer are getting voracious as we slowly work in fence-building episodes around our various other commitments. While I regret the repeated losses, I can now answer my own question quite easily. Yes, deer love asparagus and cucumbers and raspberries and pretty much everything else imaginable. Hopefully our fall garden will be fully fenced and fully safe.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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You might change your mind about those turkeys if yours are like mine. Some morning later on in the season you might go out to the garden to get a breakfast musk melon only to find nice neat round holes bored through them - and the seeds inside missing! They seem to be just as voracious with melons as the deer are with everything else. 'Possums like melons, too. This year, I'm putting out some solar powered motion sensing lights for them. At least they can see where they're going if it doesn't actually scare them off.
Comment by Tim Inman Sat Jun 16 09:21:09 2018

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