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I always need more cages to protect my plants and bushes from the ever present animals.

All shapes and sizes

I probably need a few very small vegetable cages too.

Big enough for 1 large lettuce or 1 small cabbage.

4 more squat protective cages – 11 in all – should be enough for this winters production. 

I wonder who lives in the haystack.



A couple more cabbage cages.

I always need more cabbage cages. These are for all the brassica and other vegetables that the wildlife love to eat. It protects these plants from moose, elk, deer, wild boar, hares and even butterflies and moths.

The cabbage butterflies lay their eggs on the cabbage leaves whereupon the larvae feed, leaving only skeletons of cabbage. I gave up growing any kind of brassica for many years until I came up with this idea. I also use bacillus thuringiensis for the few that squeeze in.

We had a very unusual wildlife experience early this morning. From our kitchen window we saw four moose emerge from the forest and trot from thicket to thicket across the fields to the forest on the other side. On closer look, we could see that one was a small elk buck. He seemed to have gotten mixed up with the wrong family.

It is unusual to see moose at all and very unusual to see elk in broad daylight. This year Farmer Eriksson had left a couple fields of broad beans unharvested because of the rainy weather in the fall. This attracts deer, elk and moose from the whole area. Eriksson has seen as many as nine moose, four elk and more than 20 deer there at one time. Another neighbor had six moose in their front yard one evening when they came home late. I didn’t see any when I skied by the beans the other day. It’s too bad I couldn’t get a good picture this morning.

It’s a very good year for elk and moose watching.

I got busy digging the last garden circle. This is the fenced-in garden protected from the deer and rabbits. We still have two kinds of kale and broccoli there that should hold fine until christmas.

First, I had to drain the area after all the recent rain and wet snow, connecting it to the drainage I did earlier. My new drainage system works great, so I could soon get to work turning the dirt over, preparing it for next years crop of brassica, chards, leeks etc. Things the wildlife can’t resist.

It must look pretty crazy digging in the fresh snow, but I’ve been waiting for this weather (either frost or snow), so that I don’t have to fight the mud as much. At the end of the day I had most of the area done. I can easily finish it tomorrow.

Then I’ll be satisfied for this season. But if it warms up again, there are plenty more digging projects I could work on. Otherwise I’ll take it easy, do some skiing, work on garden art, do a lot of food processing and such for the rest of the winter.