The Yellow Rope – an Update

The Yellow Rope

Early in the gardening season, I had made the decision that I could NOT allow any deer in the garden. Not. Even. One.  With all the garden planning that Jaime and I were doing, we knew early on that we were going to be investing so much more time in the garden this year than I had in the past. And I normally spend a lot of time in there each year.

Look, I really don’t mind deer, I actually like deer. Well, I like to eat deer, to be honest. Yes they are cute and they look beautiful when we see Mamas and their spotted babies wandering around the yard. That being said, I like to eat them more than I like to look at them. There’s nothing that can make me happy than looking at a bunch of butcher wrapped venison inside the freezer. We love venison snitzel…ok, now I am just getting hungry. Back to the subject at hand…

With all our big plans for our garden veggies, there is no way we could afford to get up one morning and find that deer have been nibbling the lettuces and other goodies while we were sleeping. Remembering what a friend had told me a few years ago, I decided to try the yellow rope trick. I wrote about it earlier this year, so check out my original post.

 

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A few of our readers wanted to be sure I updated that post, with the results. Did the deer stay out? Or did they jump the rope to get in? And I can say, they did not. They really did stay out of the garden! Maybe it had something to do with the colour of the rope; maybe it had something to do with our winding the rope all the way around the garden three times. It added at least two feet of height to our garden fencing.

 

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They say that deer can EITHER jump high or jump wide. What’s hard for them it to do both at the same time. I don’t know; I have seen deer jump pretty high over things when they are trying to get off the road when they see cars coming. But I do know, that because we strung up that rope, we were able to keep the deer out.

 

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So, I’d advise giving it a try if you have deer hanging around. Of course, you could always fall back on our plans. Which is, plant some extra food for the deer. Let them come in and nibble. Then, because they ate your food, you get to eat them. After all, I am higher on the food chain. Next year, I am seriously considering planting a deer garden. What do you think?

Wild Fires in BC

BC Wildfire smoke

There are several good sized fires burning right now here in BC. It’s creating a lot of problems throughout the province. Smoke is coming from fires burning west of Quesnel and up near Tumbler Ridge in northern BC. There are other fires as well and crews from other provinces are here to try to help get them contained.

 

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It’s common for firefighters to go all over the country to help put out wildfires. The provincial crews are just not big enough to do the job. It’s a great thing that so many other provinces (and sometimes some of the US states) are so willing to step in to help. BC, in turn, goes to where they are needed when fires break out.

 

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Yesterday, Jaime and I drove through Clinton, about an hour south of 100 Mile House. The smoke is stuck in the Clinton Valley and there was hardly any visibility at all. People throughout the province are being advised to just stay indoor and keep the doors and windows closed. Even in Vancouver, they can see and smell the smoke and that is a six hour drive south from here. Hopefully they can get these fires out soon!