Thursday, January 06, 2011

Nature Notes: White-tailed Doe (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Garden

White-tailed Deer (12/29/10 - Searcy County, AR)

As posted earlier, our fall garden was a failure.  It was just too hot, dry and buggy when all the tender, young plants needed to get their start in the garden.  However, we did have a few lettuce and spinach plants under row covers until late December when we decided the fall garden was a lost cause and pulled off the row covers.  It didn't take long for the deer to discover the various weeds that thrived under the row covers' protection.  This does is enjoying a winter treat.  (Sorry about all the clutter in this photo.  We obviously haven't gotten around to our fall garden clean up yet.)

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Rambling Woods said...

Oh Marvin..I am so sorry that the weather wasn't good for your garden, but it did provide a feast for the deer. We planted about 60 plants this past year so it will be interesting to see what comes back after the winter season here near Buffalo NY....thank you for posting to Nature Notes... Michelle

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a beautiful weed eater.

Lana Gramlich said...

Sorry about the failure of the fall garden, but the doe's really cool!

Pat - Arkansas said...

She looks relatively well-fed. Perhaps she came to your garden for dessert! Nice photo.

Carver said...

I'm sorry your fall garden didn't do well but I love the shot of the beautiful deer.

Marvin said...

Michelle: Technically we have a long growing season here in the south, but all too often it's too hot and dry for anything to grow, though our okra did enjoy August. Hope your plants overwinter well.

Lisa: True, but in her mind, everything is a weed.

Lana: Yes, she and her girlfriends are a compensation for a failed garden.

Pat: I agree. She hasn't missed many meals.

Carver: Thank you. I just hope she understands that our garden is off limits when spring rolls around.

TexWisGirl said...

You have an amazing blog. I'm happy to have followed you 'home' from your comment. :)