I didn’t think for a minute a 6′ fence would keep deer out by itself. I researched how to keep deer out of your garden before the ground was even turned over. I knew they’d be an issue. Deer proofing advice largely included:
- get a dog
- buy a bunch of Deer Off to spray
- build an 8′ fence
- build an electric fence
- go to a hairdresser for bags of human hair to spread everywhere
- spread blood meal around
- hang bars of soap around
Everybody had a different solution, but for every “solution” I found there were just as many people saying “that didn’t work for me” (except the 8′ fence). I figured I’d start with a 6′ fence and see how the first year went. I knew a green fence wasn’t the ideal choice, because deer have a hard time seeing it, but it was more visually pleasing. If I still had problems after the first year, I could do a variety of things:
- tie blaze orange ribbon on the fence for deer to see
- build a 2nd, shorter fence away from the first fence making it difficult for them to jump 2 fences at once
- spread a bunch of good sized boulders (come cheap delivered) about 4′ away from the fence making it difficult for them to get next to the fence to jump it
- fix boards to the poles so I could make the fence 2′ higher
Do you like pumpkin pie? I do, so I planted pumpkins for pie. I planted jack-o-lanterns for the kids to carve up. Think we’re getting any?
“Awwwww, ain’t that lil’ deer some cunnin’.”
Yeah, it’s kinda cute – cuter than that damn grass that grew up from the friggin’ straw “mulch” I laid everywhere …. but just look at the lil’ darlin’ – “awwwww ….”
No, that little fawn didn’t jump the fence. There are two openings in the fence where I plan to build a swinging gate (next year). I had the openings fenced over at the beginning of the season …. but …. let’s just say the cute little deer walked right in.
The pics were taken about 6:30 in the morning from inside the house. The wife was still in bed and I yelled “there’s a deer in the garden.” She flew out of bed mumbling something with “damn deer.” Then it was clear she was going out to shoo it off.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” I said.
“It’s going to eat all the summer squash!” she returned, stepping into shoes and going out on the deck.
The deer saw her and jumped into the fence. “I don’t think that’s a good idea,” I said again. She agreed and came back in. The deer jumped into the fence a few more times, hit its head against a post at one point, then found an exit and walked away with a headache.
Ugh – damn deer.
Garden 2010 was a learning experience.
– Ranger Man
BTW: One bright note was that I found a friendly lady on Craigslist that lives nearby. She delivered horse poo-poo straight to my house. I’ll compost it for next year’s garden. More to poop to come!