Oh Deer!

This radicchio shows nibbles taken from the center 5 of these 6 heads.

This radicchio shows nibbles taken from the center 5 of these 6 heads.

We’ve been targeted by some lettuce lovin’, high-jumpin’, big-eyed, fast deer. Our farm is really known for its lettuce and we are making many apologies this week due to the losses. It’s especially hard to swallow when we have gone through the trouble of growing the seed in the greenhouse, then transplanting into the field when the plants are big enough. This adds expense in time, but helps keep the lettuce beds relatively clean because the transplants will outgrow the weeds, It also helps grow the number of heads we think we can sell.

The deer are living in the wooded area just over Paul's head in this picture.

The deer are living in the wooded area just over Paul’s head in this picture.

We’re taking measures to prevent the nightly attacks including purchasing materials for a fence for at least the most obvious section of entry, stringing fishing line among the lettuce beds along with the randomly flown “Bounce” dryer sheets (supposed to work… not so sure about efficacy).

Further strategies…diversification, which we are already great at!

Harvesting cucumbers

Harvesting cucumbers

Dill and Cilantro

Dill and Cilantro

 

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About candied

Artist: painter, graphics, print and typography. Farm Fan: live on an organic produce farm, am dedicated to educating the public about the food they eat and what it takes to get it to their table. View all posts by candied

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