It's really more about opportunity. The deer could easily jump into the
garden if they really wanted in. But we live in a rural area with plenty of
other options for them to munch on without having to jump a fence.
Sometimes they just have to develop a taste for a new plant. I planted
several Golden Euonymus hedge plants. The deer walked around them for more
than a year without so much as a nibble. Thinking I found a plant the deer
would leave alone, I planted several more. Another year went by without an
incident. Then on year three they tasted one, and proceded to chew off
every leaf on every single plant. Since then they have eaten the leaves on
every single plant as soon as they appear.
Put food out for your cat. They'll leave the corn alone. :)
Mom and her babies used to come up on our porch to feast on the cat food
that was left in the bowl. Our cat died a few years ago so the raccoons
moved on to better pickings.
Indeed...one garden patch here has only one row of 2-ft corrugated tin
on edge and the deer don't even bother to hop over it...
They love daylily and moonflower blooms... :(
That only serves as an appetizer if there's corn they can get to ime w/
The best help I can do here to protect yard/garden areas is to keep
waterers in the corrals on which is away from the house. It's access to
water that is the magnet at least here in SW KS where it is at a premium...
My 6' PT wooden fence along my property line around my inground pool
were installed by a local fence company (permit required).
Due to the frost line in my area, they were installed 4' into the
ground. The only concrete they used was on the corner posts and the
posts that supported gates.
That was about 20 years ago. A few years ago I replaced the 'fabric'
(the actual wooden fencing between the posts). I didn't have to move any
of the posts. This was good for me because the setback for the fencing
went from 6" in from the property line when it was first installed to 3'
from the property line in the new building code, so I was 'grandfathered'.
On Apr 23, 5:05 pm, email@example.com wrote:
All in all, the simplest solution to the whole problem would
be to forget the garden. If you factor in all the problems,
it may just not be worth it and buying produce at a local
farmers market might make more sense.
I've had vegetable gardens mostly a long time ago when
I was a kid. Attempts at growing more limited gardens
here in NJ in more recent times, resulted in deer being
a big problem. And as
Michelle is finding out, the solutions aren't cheap or easy.
Besides deer, here we have ground hogs that are a big
problem. Then you have to fend off the insects, deal with
disease, etc, and what you get is still a crap shoot.
I've managed to grow some tomatoes and hot peppers, but
the deer even mowed them down when they were still in
the early stages. The one thing I have had success with
is herbs, eg oregano, rosemary, sage.
You also have to factor in if you want an ugly chain link
fence to look at 365 days a year, what it does to the look
of the property, etc.
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