Pretty Visitors to the Garden

animals, gardening, Postage Stamp Quilt, Wagon’s West (dresden plates)

I happened to look out the window yesterday morning while reading email and blogs and drinking morning tea – and what did I see – the critters that have been eating the tops of my green beans in the garden! Very pretty creatures aren’t they – I had to take a photo first before I went outside in my pajamas to scare them away!  A mama deer and twins – they are cute.  I guess I might have to come up with something to keep them out of the garden but really it is a small garden and I’m just not going to worry that much about it – it isn’t like this is a great producing garden.  I might see about finding some bells and hook some to wire and encircle the garden – maybe that will startle them away? Or I might just wait to figure it out next year and do something when I first start to plant!

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The big logs in the background are hollowed out with a chain saw filled with dirt and I am growing cucumbers and acorn squash in them – Mike made them about 2 years ago – they will eventually rot and turn to soil and then I can plant directly on top of them.  I have four of them.

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This wheel on Wagon’s West is almost done.  I am linking to Cooking Up Quilts, MCM#24 today and Em’s Scrapbag.

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Worked some on these flowers  – they need some more embroidery on them, I was mostly just working on the edges first and will add other stitches still.

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The quilt was rolled down a little more.  That is the half way point at the top – smaller quilt than normal of course.

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The sweet potatoes are growing quickly, I just put them in the ground two weeks ago.

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And why are my tomato plants looking so poorly – lots of tomatoes on them from the middle down but now a lot of the leaves are dying and the blossoms on the top of the plants are falling off.  I will look and see if there are more tomato plants at the store still – we are going to have a bit of a heat wave this week – near 100 already – so early in summer for that – if I find new plants I will keep them on the porch until the heat passes or maybe just put some in pots and keep them where I can shelter them from the hottest sun for awhile.

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The mints are doing much better since I moved them to the deck – they are sheltered from the hot afternoon sun – I was having to water them every other day and now maybe once a week and they are thriving.  I was thinking maybe put a couple tomato plants up there too and see how they do.

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18 comments… add one
  • Deb Jun 13, 2016

    OMG they are ADORABLE!!! 🙂 You’ll probably have to fence it all in to save it…or not, and just enjoy the deer !
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  • Jean Etheridge Jun 13, 2016

    I planted some blue-green big leaf hostas last week, and they looked like they were doing great. Last evening I noticed someone had eaten all of the leaves! No!!!

  • Connie Jun 13, 2016

    I hope they enjoyed your green beans. We have so many running around this year that I didn’t even bother to plant any. The babies are so cute though
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  • Kathy Jun 13, 2016

    We’ve had something eating our green beans … not just the tops, but all the way down to little nubs. Of course whatever was eating them started she. The plants were only a few inches tall, not nice and thick and lush like yours. We’ve had to replant 3 times, and there’s a row of beans that need to be replanted again. We keep trying but eventually it’ll be too late to replant and whatever we get is what we’ll get. After all there’s just the two of us. Your tomatoes look like ours did last summer when we had such a rainy spring … someone told us that it was some kind of fungus from all that moisture. Hope you have better like with your new tomato plants.
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  • Kathi Jun 13, 2016

    I just love how you are quilting your wheels on wagon’s west quilt! So fun!!
    I hope you have a blessed day friend… sorry about your tomatoes too!!
    Kathi
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  • Debbie Jun 13, 2016

    How fun to see your visitors…they are really cute!
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  • Vicki W Jun 13, 2016

    When we had a garden we used wide pieces of chicken wire to made domes over the plants. They were easy to move and the deer were too stupid to know that they could move them.

  • Vicki Jun 13, 2016

    Your wagon wheels quilt is looking fantastic! Yes we have those very same critters daily in our yard also. So cute but so destructive too!!
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  • Sheila Jun 13, 2016

    Scramble a dozen eggs mix with one gallon of water and spray around your boxes. We can’t smell it but the deer can and will stay away. You will need to repeat once it rains, but once the deer get used to not going there, they tend not to come out of habit. This is really a cheap solution

  • Janice Holton Jun 13, 2016

    I really do like your Wagon’s West quilt. Gorgeous. I’m looking forward to seeing it finished!
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  • HILDA Jun 13, 2016

    Love your visitors! I’d feel the same and let them be as long as they don’t bring extended family:)
    Beautiful hand quilting on the wagon wheel!

  • Belarmina Antuña Jun 13, 2016

    Karen bonita imagen para desayunar!!!
    el acolchado es fantástico
    saludos

  • Dawn Cooper Jun 13, 2016

    Your tomatoes look like they have a blight. The fungus lives in the soil & when there is a lot of heavy rain it splashes up on the foliage & infects the plants. Keep an eye on the tomatoes as they may turn to mush.

    For the deer deterrent what I use is: 1 egg, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 tbsp each of cooking oil & liquid dish soap. Beat these together & bring up to a gallon with water. Use it in a spray bottle. It needs to be repeated after a heavy rain, but will hold up if it is just light showers. The soap emulsifies the oil which helps the solution to stick to the plant. The milk souring & the egg spoiling puts the deer off. This is a bit cheaper than the recipe using a dozen eggs!

  • glen in louisiana Jun 13, 2016

    We used to have deer come to the yard next to ours. none of the dogs ever barked at the deer, but the Swissys would bark at dogs and people without hesitation!

    The areas behind us are getting so built up, we hardly see them anymore.

    (there was a peacock who use to stand in the middle of the road and fan his tail at cars wanting to pass!)
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  • Wanda Jun 13, 2016

    I think you have had too much rain for the tomato plants. I read that they don’t need as much water once they start producing.
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  • Marianne Jun 14, 2016

    I love the way you are quilting the wagon wheel quilt. And how adorable those deer are! Neighbors at my old house had an electric fence to keep the critters out. I did spray my daylilies with deer repellent this spring after one was mowed down. It smells like parmesean cheese and says it’s “natural,” but I have no idea what’s in it. Now that the lilies have grown a bit, the deer seem to be leaving them alone.

  • Thimbleanna Jun 14, 2016

    It’s Bambi’s family!!! How Fun! ;-DDD!

  • Emily Jun 14, 2016

    Your garden looks great! we get deer in our yard too, but only in the winter.
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