I’ve been getting over a persistent cold last week. Today, I had enough energy to
- harvest my marigold seed,
- take care of a drainage issue on the property and
- fetch the mail.
I guess I’m ready to hunt deer in a new location we scouted recently. I need some revenge. On my errands, I found a deer had walked through the seed-bed of my Saskatoons, possible endangering a few percent… That’s an innocent act, I suppose, but then I discovered one of my Manchurian Apricots had been chewed down to a stick. It was nearly three feet tall and now it’s about 9 inches. Further, the seedlings had swelling buds on them ready to burst forth next spring. This stick will have to start well back of its brethren. Fortunately, I have one still in a pot and several others planted so there is some safety for the species in my yard. I should remain calm. All will be revealed next year when the forest TLW and I have planted celebrates its first or second year. The rugged survivors have much for which to be proud, surviving our rough treatment, deer, rabbits, neglect and our variable winter.
PS I forgot to mention one of several ways I use marigolds in the yard besides their pretty flowers and massive production of seed. I planted them around various trees as a living mulch. Even after freezing weather the stems have captured leaves from the neighbourhood to protect the soil around the young trees from drying or allowing too low a temperature in the roots. I was visiting young trees collecting the seeds from marigolds when I discovered the depredation of the deer. I may soon have my revenge. A scouting report is positive for deer, lots of deer, at a new location …