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This morning I saw some tell tail tracks in the garden, and sure enough, I found they had done some damage. A bed of flowers got their tops niptboff and a bed of spinach got the leaves eaten. I was going to pick them today for the market tommorow.

I covered them and hope they will make a come back for later.

And then there is plenty of mangold and other stuff in the fenced of area and lettuce under cover to pick for the market.

Another winter/spring job is to repair old plant protection cages,

and make new ones,

to protect plants like lettuce and cabbage from deer and rabbits.

Someones been messing around in the compost!

It looks like it could be the wild pigs visiting, but Farmer Ericsson and I have inspected and not found any pig tracks but lots of deer tracks. Thats good news! For now anyway.

I’ve heard about it and talked about it. One of my neighbors brought over a bundle of rams fleece, so now I have to try it.

It’s supposed to deter or frighten deer away. I think it will make a great walkway and mulch as well.

When it’s really cold and stormy I can stay indoors and do a lot of reading, as well as making koji and miso, but soon I get restless and need to get out for some fresh air and maybe skiing, or to do some carpentry or such. My little make-shift workshop behind the house is protected, and a nice place to spend the afternoon even when it’s cold and windy.

I always need more cages for protecting the plants that the butterflies, deer and hares like.

This year I made them with one long side open. I can put them together and hold them with a latch on each end.

This way they are still light weight and easier to move and open up for weeding and harvesting, while covering a wider area. I hope!

We have had a few glorious days of winter this last weekend.

You may notice that the deer have been pawing under the rose hedge. And they have made it a temporary sleeping place.

They seem to feel safe and secure close to us.

I slept in the garden shed last night.

And woke up to this. 


The reason (besides the fresh air and beautiful veiw) was that we discovered that the deer had been jumping over or forcing the fence in the protected garden. 


And eating chard


So, I fixed the fence 


And figured that I should try to give them a scare in the night. But I didn’t hear or see a thing. I slept very well!

Another good winter activity. I never seem to have enough of these cages. 


They are for protecting favorite berries and vegetables from rabbits, deer, birds and even cabbage butterflies. Without them I would probably never get any strawberries, lettuce, brassica, chard or beets. 

It’s nice to be home again. The garden looks good. 


9 days of new growth. 



But I could complain, the weeds have been growing even more so, the rabbits and deer have been feasting too, and my hay fever is worse than ever after the period of relief up north. 

But why complain!

We finally got a covering of snow – blue in the light of the low sun, or is it a camera effect?   

   
Deer tracks to the compost.  

And it is suposed to stay cold for the next 10 days.