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From Wheat to Straw

July 5, 2012

The wheat story has a sad ending. It’s all gone. Every single bit of it.

I checked on it last week and found the back half decimated. Squirrels and birds, no doubt. I’d seen them nibbling on the perimeter, but I never expected they were busy destroying what I couldn’t see.

Wheat eaten by squirrels

This is what I saw when I walked out there. The entire back half was gone.

The worst part was there was nothing I could do. I was days away from going on vacation and didn’t have the tools, supplies, or time to construct a netting box. Also, the wheat was too green to harvest. It was close, but not close enough to harvest.

This is what was left when I came home from vacation.

Wheat completely eaten by squirrels and birds.

I hope you enjoyed that wheat, you darn squirrels.

Lesson learned: put your wheat into a netting box if it’s small enough. If it’s not, well, got any suggestions?

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