In a message dated 12/18/02 8:34:26 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Note to Claire: As much as I hate to say this to a new member but Claire
> your garden isn't more important to me as the wildlife that inhabit that
> area. Believe me my garden is very important to me as well but a healthy
> environment is far more important as far as I'm concerned.
I should not be drawn to this but would comment that I fence 1 and 1/2
acres. I own a great many more than that. The rest is free to all wildlife
but the balance is upset. I have owned my farm for nearly 12 years and spent
my young years in NYC alternating with the Adirondacks. I have seen a lot of
deer, bears as well. We in our family, by choice, do not shoot anything.
This discussion does show the many sides of a situation, I am welcomed and
cautioned in the same post. Worry not, Marge and I have been around with the
deer for years and have heard most of these comments. Would I live in a
suburban area and wish to garden, I would fence the garden. Gardens are
history, they are therapy and I thought the subject of this list.
Environmental differences are not a garden topic though related.
Environmental issues widen the subject beyond the scope of gardening though I
expect that statement will also be challenged. My comment now and the
previous posts allude to new thinking on the subject with both gardeners and
animals being considered. A fence, there are fences in the Bible, is not
blemish on the environment. With that I retire from the deer issue. I sat
on regional board for a while that dealt with deer. Nobody on that board
rejected any thought presented. This issue is not going away. From longtime
listening to hort. lists I have learned there is vast difference in culture
(gardening method) from one end of the country to the country and it follows
that opinion also differs. There is, I hope, room for all.
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