Pat is constructing a dead hedge made of cut-down honeysuckle, fallen limbs, and rotting logs. The wall will measure 3 feet in diameter and 5 feet tall and surround our forest garden of berries, fruit trees, and a duck habitat. The idea is that if the deer can't see past a structure's depth to calculate their landing place, they won't jump. We'll be planting willow on one side of the perimeter, as well. Once the willow has grown sufficiently and woven together it will be a living hedge. I think Pat has plans for a line of rose bushes somewhere, too, as another barrier of sorts. There's lots of work ahead for him as spring is happening now as shown by this daffodil at Spring Bird which is the first to bloom!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.