PLEASE CLICK THROUGH THE SLIDE SHOW...... This is the printed utility flag that is used as an AGREED-UPON marker with the deer. No, we don't think that the deer read the flags. But, people come through the demonstration gardens and wonder why they are there.
April 26, 2014. Marker flags are in place and the EcoPeace Treaty has been renewed for the new year.
August 1, 2014. The flagged Hosta shows no sign of deer activity.
The demonstration gardens are very close to the forests' edge where the deer feed and live.
July 11, 2014. This year, the Hosta by the farmhouse was included in the EcoPeace Treaty.
The fruit tree orchard was again included in the EcoPeace Treaty.
August 20, 2014. Fruit is ripening and there is no deer activity.
August 20, 2014. Vegetables are ripening and no deer activity.
August 29, 2014. The demonstration gardens, which are so close to the forests' edge where the deer feed, show no signs of deer activity.
October 10, 2014. Kale at the edge of the "patio" demonstration garden is about to be harvested.
October 10, 1014. Cabbage ready to harvest shows no sign of deer activity.
October 10, 2014. Pears in the pear orchard have been harvested.
October 10, 2014. Some vegetables have been harvested. There is no deer activity.
October 10, 2014. Here's a big beautiful cabbage ready to be harvested. There is no deer activity.
October 10, 2014. This bed of Hosta was included in the EcoPeace Treaty as a marked area. There was just a little deer activity on the edges.
October 22, 2014. The Hosta in front of the farmhouse shows only a few nibbles of deer activity.
October 15, 2014. The ground level raised beds in the "handicapped" demonstration garden show no sign of deer activity.
October 25, 2014. Demonstration gardens have been harvested by the people.
Results of 2014 Deer and Gardens EcoPeace Treaty Research
2014, the second year of research with mammals for Dr. Jim was generally a success. There were a few small breeches here and there — probably by young deer — but generally the people got to harvest ripe vegetables and fruit. Even the marked Hosta in front of the farmhouse was avoided. Dr. Conroy is working directly with the Deer Spirit.
This showed that the deer got what they needed in order to be in dynamic balance with the land: food in the forest, water in the stream, as well as both safety AND RESPECT from the responsible people on the land.
Please read about this story in the book LIVE AND LET LIVE: HOW MULTIDIMENSIONAL COLLABORATION HEALS ECOSYSTEMS at sister website PlantKingdomCommunications.com.