ReLocavore: Redefining "local"

Back to Wisconsin, my cheesehead friends

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Protecting my (fruit) investment 

I planted 3-year blueberry bushes in my garden. The third year is when the bush starts to produce fruit. The plants cost more (about triple the cost of a 2-year plant) but you get blueberries right away. My lovely bushes are two varieties: “bluecrop,” and “northland.” 

They set fruit, which now means I am in a never ending battle against the birds and other critters that want to eat my fruits. 

My first line of defense was to put the garden fence around the bushes. That will keep the deer out. Next was to build bird netting cages to keep the birds at bay. I finished them this evening to good success. I recycled leftover garden fence into two cyllinders. Then I covered them with bird netting. Here is hoping I get a few cups of berries from my bushes. 


Revenge of the Deer

2014-09-14 14.52.41I should have seen this coming. I left the garden gate open for one night and BAM the deer ate the tops off my swiss chard.  I was letting those leaves grow really big and fleshy to make my stuffed chard.  Now I guess I’ll have to fashion some recipe that just uses the stems. And wash off the deer spit before using.