Looking good 5Prong,
It is not an easy job keeping critters out of our prize patches, but it looks like you're going to have some to plant.
That is just what I finished doing at the house and it is a good feeling of accomplishment.
Thanks guys, I won't count any berries until they have ripened. I last checked on this area 3 weeks ago, and have lost about 20 seed procucing plants since that time when I checked yesterday. There are still about 50 plants left to produce berries, but some of them are younger plants and won't produce a large quantity. A couple of others really suffered through the early drought conditions and the berries have not filled out as of yet. I was kind of surprised by the number of plants that got ate by deer this year. It's no wonder wild plants take so long to produce a decent sized root I'll probably work on putting up some more barriers this fall. I think that some strategically placed limbs from some nearby fallen tree tops will help with this some. An electric fence for this entire area is just impractical. I guess the good news is that I don't have to worry about a poacher getting them all this year.