Posts tagged: garden raiders

Preparing for Invasion

By , May 7, 2015

The heart of our freehold lies unprotected and vulnerable, even as unseen enemies gather around us and prepare to invade. If we hope to defend one of the keys to our survival, we have to take bold steps. We must build strong defenses, increase our vigilance, and stand ready not only to kill our enemies, but to butcher and eat them as well.

Michelle continues to implement major changes to the garden (see Scraping a Living from the Land). Several of those changes removed a good deal of the garden fence, which means our tender shoots and starts will be vulnerable to porcupine and moose predation.

Mark tries to recreate a classic Led Zeppelin album cover (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

Mark tries to recreate a classic Led Zeppelin album cover (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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Night Hunt

By , June 26, 2013

Over the last several weeks, most of our thoughts have focused on what to do about the moose.

As I mentioned in a past post, A Close Encounter, we believe a yearling moose, recently run off by its mother, has been visiting the homestead. We know this from tracks and browsed plants in the yard—mostly wild, but a few rasperberries as well. Michelle also felt that the moose had been either entering the garden, or leaning over the low fence to browse our strawberry plants. We have also found a few of our cherry trees stripped of leaves.

She has theorized and fantasized about how to discourage these visits. Instead of scrounging used dryer sheets from the laundromat (see Decorating for Moose) she bought a new box; their heavy perfume nearly drove us off the land! She planned on taking more drastic steps when she went to town for work Tuesday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m., Michelle got up to use the facilities, and I stumbled, bleary-eyed, after her. She looked out the window and found her “moose.” A porcupine sat in our largest cherry tree, munching the leaves! Continue reading 'Night Hunt'»

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