Elk are the bane of my existence and I still love them.
I talked about insect pests in another post but really our nemesis is wildlife. We’ve been determined to plant enough vegetables to provide fresh food for 1/2 the year. This summer, the elk ate about two-thirds of our apricots, a quarter of our cherries and peaches, tomatoes, peppers, and all my lettuce.
The javelina eat our flowers and shrubs, rabbits forage, and birds take whatever fruit they please.
I think the biggest problem is me. I have an unfortunate habit of naming my babies. We also provide water in our front yard pond and all the wildlife tell their friends the deer, squirrels, etc. to come visit when thirsty. We fill the 60 gallon pond back up again each morning.
We also sit outside between 4 and 5 AM just to catch sight of our wild family.
Our area has been in drought conditions too which makes us worry about our family when they aren’t around for more than a week.
I know if we lived in the old west, we wouldn’t be as lackadaisical about our missing food supplies but for us it’s just living our dream life in the mountains and seeing a glimpse into nature that many don’t.
We’ll continue sharing with wildlife as long as they come around and there’s a store to shop a few miles away. If that changes, I’ll cry.
Due to the rabbits, we garden in containers and have 20 in the yard. Here are a few pictures.
If you have wildlife or gardening images, I would love to see them <3