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.


Keeping deer out of the garden

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.


Critterproofing the fence

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?

Birds in the Valley


We have all kinds of birds in the Valley right now – the pastures in front of our house are filled with birdsong and it’s wonderful to sit on the porch and listen to all the different kinds of calls. We have¬† Sandhill Cranes, American Bittern, Wilson Snipes, Blue Jays and lots of others. This is a great place to be a birder!

Here’s some pictures of just some of the birds in our Valley. They come every Spring and lay their eggs in our pastures, and by the time we are ready to hay, the birds have all flown from the nest.



















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