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Cat says "cut the work and feed me!!"
Lol, we have an automatic food dispenser for the cats, because little miss piggy Penny will eat too much if I free feed. It dispenses the kibble throughout the day and now they don't mug me when I get home. She's still a bit overweight, but she's better than she was a year ago.
 

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I potted up the new strawberry guava and pineapple guava this morning.
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Then I discovered that sometime since yesterday morning a deer attacked my garden!!! I'm so mad! I'm worried the squash won't make it, the deer ate almost every leaf!
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The stupid deer even ate part of the horseradish!!
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The deer skipped over all the baby figs, even the plants that had fruit started. Also skipped the seedling squash, that would have disappeared completely in one bite.

I am going to try to get fishing line and bamboo stakes, attach the stakes to the fence posts and string the line between, with little flags along the line so the deer have to jump ridiculously high to get over the fence.
 

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Ridiculously high to a deer is about 7'. I understand that 2 parallel 4' fences a few feet apart works. I guess they need some distance forward to go with the up. They won't jump into the smaller space. Supposedly.

Lol, we have an automatic food dispenser for the cats, because little miss piggy Penny will eat too much if I free feed. It dispenses the kibble throughout the day and now they don't mug me when I get home. She's still a bit overweight, but she's better than she was a year ago.
DD2's cat eats his dry food so fast that he barfs it up almost immediately. I found this slow feeder dish on Amazon. He can't eat fast because he has to paw out most every piece. She's planning to get an auto feeder when she moves out (whenever that might be). That might not solve the scarf and barf problem though because it will release whatever quantity into a pile.

the deer ate almost every leaf!
At least it left the artichoke alone!!
 

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Ridiculously high to a deer is about 7'. I understand that 2 parallel 4' fences a few feet apart works. I guess they need some distance forward to go with the up. They won't jump into the smaller space. Supposedly.
The current fence is 4-5', but has two low spots where we ran out of fence and used old stuff that's only 3'? tall. I was thinking if the bamboo stakes are 4-5', then I can make the fence look closer to 9' tall. Here's hoping.
 

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I placed an order for bare root trees to arrive in Nov-Dec. Early Christmas present! Some of the other trees I wanted are not in stock. Going to have to check back again and see if they come into stock or not. Getting a free tree too! Arbor day foundation.

Hybrid Poplar - to try to grow for firewood
Hazelnut - for fruit and possibly firewood
Silver maple - for shade and possibly firewood
Sweetshrub - for landscaping, it has fragrant flowers
Red maple - free tree! - for shade and possibly firewood

I don't know if it will even get cold enough here to try to tap the maples to make syrup. Probably not enough quantity to make anything.
 

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The deer attacked again while I was at work!!! 😡😡😡

Didn't discover the damage until I was doing rabbit night chores. They chomped on the kiwi!! And several more baby trees. Hopefully they will survive. Couldn't find bamboo stakes while at the store, so grabbed some branches from the pine hubby took down and used those with the string I bought to increase the fence and gate height. Definitely taller now, dunno if it's tall enough to actually keep the deer out. I grabbed a box of Irish spring soap, need to drill holes in that and string up around the perimeter.
 

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Posted a pic of a giant bug on FB and my gardening friends told me it was a bad bug that eats fruit tree roots, so I ran back outside to try to squish it. The bug was gone but I surprised a deer who was hanging around the back fence. I yelled at it and it ran away. I then hung up the soap I bought around the fence line. Going to go check to see if there's new damage this morning.

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Took pictures of my late night fence "upgrade", hard to see but it's made out of sticks, furring strips, a trellis, and string, installed around 11pm. Totally deer proof, right?? Lol, glad this eyesore is in the back of the house and not facing the front yard. Needs to be taller still. Mom has 6 bamboo stakes I can borrow, and I think I can get more sticks at her/my house. Maybe I should put the trellis vertical instead of landscape to get more height?

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