Mother always said, “Plant some for the deer, some for the bugs and some for the family,” but the deer got greedy.

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Here’s the problem: I want beets and so do the deer. I can deal with the green beans being decimated because except for a green bean salad I make with toasted almonds and maple syrup, I don’t much like beans.

So far this year we’ve had to treat a goat for meningeal worms (because of deer) and keep the goats out of the pasture (because of rain, slugs and deer) and build a fort–I mean fence– around the garden (because of the annoyingly beautiful deer).

First my husband dug holes in heavy clay and rock for weeks (we had to cement them all so they didn’t wiggle). Then we decided to use strong livestock fencing that comes in a roll that we used building the goat fence, but when we got to the store we felt lazy and cheap and convinced ourselves that this lighter cheaper fencing would be okay. Our decision was also due to the weather which has made our property a soupy mess. The strong fencing needed to be pulled with our trusty truck and it would probably sink in the mud.

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Our two teenaged girls refuse to be seen in this lovely vehicle–wonder why . . .

After about ten minutes working with the cheap fence my husband stalked off, completely demoralized–it looked terribly cheap (this was after a week of two old cars broking down, one car crash, a child support court date and me almost burning down the house toasting Ramen Noodles in the broiler.

http://middlemaybooks.com/2013/06/25/when-inspiration-strikes-get-out-the-fire-extinguisher/

So, back to the drawing board and this is what the engineer has come up with: The crappy fencing will stay up for now on the parts out of view and as a sort of hobby he will construct a much nicer fence of dog-eared wood along the garden with an arbor over the gate (I always wanted an arbor!) whenever we have a little extra cash. We almost came to blows over the metal piping idea to keep the deer out but we’ll paint it copper and I think it will be quite pretty.

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New compressor, so small so great . . .

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Progress being made . . . note the apple cider vinegar and steel wool stain on left half of fence (super cheap!). The copper piping we planned on using sagged in the middle so we decided to use galvanized steel piping and paint it copper–still trying to find a good paint.

A few more finishing touches and then on to new projects–re-planting beans and beets and wishing death upon Japanese Beetles.

Oh, and here’s a good recipe:

Green Bean Salad

3 cups green beans

small red onion chopped

1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1 rib of celery chopped

Dressing:

1/2 cup oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 T of Dijon mustard

salt, pepper, basil to taste

1/8 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest

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