Usually on Thursday night I write my Friday Faves post. Well, I’m exhausted and don’t have the energy to complete the list tonight. I will have it up for you tomorrow evening instead. I thought I would share, instead, what I did today, and give you an update on the deer deterrent.
My son wanted to see about trading in his gas-guzzler vehicle for something a little lighter on the wallet this morning. Car shopping with a couple of 4-year olds isn’t fun, so I offered to baby sit. Some of you may have figured out that I am seriously a night owl, which made getting up this morning a little difficult. I headed outside to wake up to the October skies, (yes, I know what month it is but seriously 47 degrees is not an August morning) and realized all the birds were upset. They were going crazy. I couldn’t figure it out. Were the crows chasing the chickadees? They usually don’t bother them, yet every bird in the area was screeching and flying around as if they were afraid.
The children arrived, did I mention I hadn’t even made a cup of tea yet? My grandson jumped out of the car and said, “Let’s go weed!!” My granddaughter, on his heels, said, “I want to stir the compost.” I love how much they enjoy working in the gardens. Then they too noticed the birds. They wanted to know what was wrong with them. Yes, this was very unusual behavior. I still had no idea, so off we headed to the field where one could pull weeds and another began to stir the compost.
My eyes were fixed on a crow that was acting very aggressive. I still believed the crows were some how to blame for the disturbance. I was watching him dive from my right, when to my left I spotted movement. I now had my answer to what was happening. Here it was 9 am and there was an owl right out in the open. Not sure if the owl decided he’d had enough of the birds or the appearance of people in the field made him decide it was time to leave but he took off. It happened so quickly I didn’t have time to point the owl out to the little ones, much to their chagrin. Darn if that one crow didn’t follow that owl, attacking and letting him know he wasn’t welcome here at this hour.
I was a little concerned as I watched the owl and crow (crow attacking at this point) fly over the tree line out of my sight. Hopefully the owl is fine, I know the crow is as I watched him return. Once the owl was gone things returned to our normal morning symphony of birdsong.
Needing to stay awake, I to joined the weeding in progress, while my granddaughter moved on to feeding the bees by the bird feeder with Queen’s Anne Lace flower that was pulled from the garden.
After a bit, it was time for a snack, which took us back into the house and some warmth. My grandson grabbed some sandpaper and attacked a leg of a table I am working on, his sister joined in, while I decided I might as well start on the headboard for my bed.
The little ones wanted to sew. I had never let them near the sewing machine before so a nice simple straight line was called for. I remembered the t-shirts I had saved from the trash. They would be perfect for new shopping bags. I cut off the arms and squared the neckline then turned the shirt inside out and sewed the bottom closed. Ta-da, a new shopping bag.
After making two shopping bags for myself, the little ones wanted their own. My grandson didn’t want his photographed, so here’s what we did with my granddaughters. I had a shirt I picked up at the thrift shop last year for .25 for her, it no longer fits but is stained. I cut up the shirt the same way I did my bag, but noticing the elastic on the upper part of the sleeve I made her “sleeves” which she put over the shirt she was wearing.
The neckline I trimmed, leaving the cut bow which was the perfect size for a headband to hold her hair back.
And here she is happy with her bag. She was thrilled with her bag which she said she will carry a bottle of water, snacks and some toys with her to the beach. Let’s hope she has plenty of beach days left this year. A shirt which was outgrown, stained ( no use to anyone else) now has three uses, zero waste! Oh and you might notice my grandson needed a hairband as well, it came from one of my bags.
The day warmed some and knowing we won’t have many more nice days left, when the little ones went home I headed back out to the gardens. It was time to work a few of the tilled areas to ready for next year. Why hard work is so rewarding I’ll never know, but I stayed out there until my body ached. My back, arms, and wrists had finally given out which meant it was time to quit for the day.
One section cleared of weeds, roots and most of the rocks.
I had thought I would just work until the storm hit, but since it blew over I went to work on another section we had tilled this spring.
Now for the deer deterrent: I wanted a natural way to deter the deer from devouring the garden. I spread my son’s Golden Retriever’s fur through the beds, and hung CDs/DVDs across the beds. This really worked! I also sprinkled ground egg shells through the gardens for extra calcium. Now the egg shells I have heard will deter smaller animals since they are sharp and that may be working because we have plenty of rabbits, but not a one has touched the lettuce.
When I hung the discs, I used what I had on hand at that moment. What I found was polyester thread. it’s still there holding strong, but hanging the discs with the same thread wasn’t too successful. The thread slid as the wind blew and they would get so tangled I couldn’t separate them. I cut the discs down and hung them from pieces of clothes line I had left over from the patio chairs. This has helped, but hanging them from the polyester thread they still move as the wind passes over them. I can at least untangle them, but it’s annoying to find them hanging in a group and not spread out across the vegetable beds.
When I hung the first discs I hadn’t hung anything over the little one’s garden as it was just planted. Once the plants started to grow, and I had collected more discs, I tried using more of the clothesline to string across the bed and to dangle the discs. As you can see I have no problem with this solution. I never have to separate the discs and they don’t move along the line with the wind.
So there you have it. Cheap, inexpensive deer-deterrent. Just don’t attempt to use thread it will just cause a massive headache.