Monday, June 15, 2015

Microblog Monday: A Bunch of Turkeys



We've got our first garden this year.  I've always wanted one, but have never actually had much space for one.  When we moved in here, there were already two garden boxes in the backyard!  Yay!

One box already had strawberries coming in and two blueberry bushes.  I added more strawberry plants and another blueberry bush.  We filled the other box with a variety of tomato plants.  There is absolutely nothing better than garden fresh tomatoes!  Mmmmm.

When we first moved here to the little town of Veneta, the kids and I encountered turkeys on our walk one day.  It was a little weird, but kind of cool at the same time, to be sharing the sidewalk with turkeys!



I knew it would be a possibility for the critters in the area to get into our garden.  We often see squirrels on the back fence and sometimes see deer in the field next to us.  One day, there was a deer literally at our front door!  By the time I ran to get the camera, the deer started to walk away, but it had been right up the sidewalk to our front door.


Last week, I saw a turkey sitting on our back fence.  I thought it was pretty cool and even ran to get Ayden over to the window so he could see it.  I mean, how often do you have a wild turkey sitting in your backyard?  Later that same night when I went out to pick the berries, I discovered all the ripe berries missing!  Not only that, but a few of the strawberry plants had been dug up and gone missing.  I had holes in my garden bed.  Literally the night before, there had been a good dozen strawberries and a few dozen blueberries ready to be picked.  I was so disappointed when I went out with my bowl and there was nothing left.  I just KNEW it was that damn turkey!  Tony was convinced it had to be a deer.

But then Friday night, we were sitting in the living room and Tony started to get all excited about all these strange birds sitting on our back fence, not really sure what they were.  Then he stood up and saw a big turkey eating away at our garden!  Turns out we had 2 full grown turkeys and 9 babies in our yard!  An entire family of turkeys eating away at my garden.  Tony now believes me that it was a turkey.

I chased them away.

If they weren't eating my garden that I have invested so much time and money into, I would think these turkeys were pretty darn cute.  I mean, we had an ENTIRE wild turkey family in our backyard!  Whoever has heard of such a thing?  Not me!

Now I need to invest more money into buying some netting....  It might just be cheaper to buy from the store instead of having a garden.

6 comments:

  1. I have always wanted a garden but I listen to the people at my work talking about stuff like this happening and I get discouraged. I will say though that it's pretty neat to be able to see those animals up close like that.

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  2. Poo on those turkeys. We have a waist high fence around our garden which keeps out the bunnies so that would probably work for turkeys :)

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  3. Poo on those turkeys. We have a waist high fence around our garden which keeps out the bunnies so that would probably work for turkeys :)

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  4. Poo on those turkeys. We have a waist high fence around our garden which keeps out the bunnies so that would probably work for turkeys :)

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  5. I'm so sorry but I do find this so funny (look at the great pictures and the twins are learning their animals!) and do enjoy the wildlife. Totally agree that there is nothing better than a garden fresh tomato or anything fresh out of the garden but learned a long time ago that it's cheaper, a whole lot less stress and you get to enjoy the wildlife if you just go to the local farm stand!!! Next best thing to home grown and better than the grocery stores produce! I love you!! Auntie

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  6. Oh, keep the garden for the turkeys! I mean, I know it's annoying, but how cool is that?

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