Last year we took a trip to Alaska in June. I told my son and daughter-in-law to have at the garden while we were gone. I had lettuce, broccoli, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and a couple of other things growing. In one night, a deer came in and wiped out the whole thing, save the tomatoes!
This year, with all the snow, I've kept a close watch for deer tracks across the back yard. Surprisingly, there were none. Usually the deer will come out of the surrounding woods to eat the shrubs right next to the houses, especially if there is snow on the ground for prolonged periods.
So, I spent last week turning, liming, turning again, raking, hoeing, planting and fertilizing. Everything was set and in place. All that had to be done is the second row of lettuce, which should go in this week. Then, last evening, while preparing dinner, my daughter looked out the back window and said, "Look at the deer in the back yard!" AS soon as I planted, they showed up!
Either way, I'm going to be eating something this summer. Either veggies or a nice barbecue!