There’s very little worse than coming into the garden and finding that deer have been foraging around. The garden gate was left open overnight and, by the looks of things, they took full advantage of the opportunity. After a quick inventory, the thing we were most disappointed to find eaten was the rattail radish (above). It was a late planting and hadn’t flowered yet, and there’s probably not enough time for it to recover.
Still, the browsing was light and what stuck us was how selective these midnight marauders were. The deer bypassed the tender lettuces and kale, preferring instead to dine on the rainbow chard.
They carefully nibbled on the pomodorini, leaving behind the unripe ones, and plucked a few blossoms off the costata vines, but spurned the nearby marigolds.
Of the chicories, the catalogna endive and cime di rapa were left alone, with the deer showing a liking for the brindisi puntarelle and italiko rosso instead.
The tatsoi was untouched, but the hon tsai tai was mowed down. We were lucky to have harvested a bunch (above) beforehand.
The carrot tops are usually considered a tasty treat, but they were left unmauled. Above: Napoli carrot thinnings.
Maybe the deer were deterred by the onions and leeks planted in the same bed. Above: Rossa Lunga di Tropea onion thinnings.
And the filet beans, left to go to seed for next season, were clearly of little interest. We couldn’t discern any reason why some things were eaten and others not. All we know is that we got off easy, and we’ll be compulsively double checking the gate from now on.
Duborskian rice, winter squash (tromboncino), shishito peppers, costata, fennel, cherry tomatoes, pomodorini, radishes, chicories (puntarelle, cime di rapa, hon tsa tai), kale, chard, salad greens; last of radishes, cucumbers, and favas.
Lacto-fermented salsa; carrot pepper salsa (canned and lacto-fermented); pickled cherry tomatoes; canned applesauce; canned kale; frozen broccoli pesto and breaded eggplant.