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Keeping wildlife out of the garden

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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  Chopper on 8/5/2010, 1:13 pm

Well, I think you have done what needed to be done. Might as well take the time rather than have all of your produce eaten by deer, etc. Looks like a pretty darn sturdy fence. Now, let the dance begin. Of course you won't know your weak spots until you have vegetation in there, but it doesn't look to me like there are any.

Btw, did you put chicken wire on the ground also?

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Post  Miss Mousie on 8/6/2010, 3:10 am

Thanks for your comments. Yeah, I just didn't want to deal with the disappointment of planting things only to come out to admire my little seedlings and find that a squirrel or deer has been enjoying the salad bar. As it was we have an ancient apricot tree that only fruits every couple of years due to late frosts and the other day I was admiring the apricots from the kitchen window and thinking "gee, I should go out and see if they are ripe yet". The next day or so I went out and ALL of the apricots were gone thanks to the birds. They got every single one of them. I immediately put bird netting on my brand new peach and Fuji apple trees.

The bottom of the cage is lined with 1/2" chicken wire extending out underneath the bottom plate and nailed in place. Eventually we will put pavers in between the 4 X 4 boxes we plan to put in there (at least 5 eventually not to mention some 2 X 6 or 2 X 8 boxes along the walls.

I'm very excited to finally get started. I figure that I still have time to plant a fall garden.
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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  Blackrose on 8/19/2010, 9:03 am

Wow Miss Mousie! That is an amazing "cage"! I'm sure it will keep just about everything out of your garden.

Do you mind if I ask what the approximate cost of building it was?

I'm very jealous. Hmmmm.... I wonder if I can convince my hubby to build something similar for me next year.
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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  Miss Mousie on 8/19/2010, 6:33 pm

Hi Blackrose,

No, I don't mind you asking. It was approx. $500.00 we underestimated the chicken wire and had to buy more plus we bought chicken wire at Home Depot and our local feed store and you might be able to find a less costly source. Other people are great at using "found" items to build their gardens with, I'm not that creative I just went out and bought wood and wire and stuff. Also you could make it smaller but I wanted room to expand right up front, I didn't want to have to build again in a year or so when I wanted more room. So it's 24 X 24 ft. and 8 ft tall. (the 8 ft tall was so we didn't have to cut the wood, thus taking up more time with the cutting and measuring Very Happy ).

I'm in the planning stages for my fall garden. I did buy some marigolds yesterday to plant in one square. I'm so excited. My local nursery said they'd have fall veggie seedlings in in about two weeks.
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Post  naturalysam on 8/20/2010, 10:03 pm

Well I am moving next year and will be starting my square foot garden. We are in the middle of the forest with tons of squirrels and chipmunks running around however there are also bears that were spotted and causing damage this season and I would really rather not attract them closer. Any ideas on what not to plant that would attract these animals. My mother believed to hear something growling oddly (wolverine or wolf or something of that scary sound) that scared her half to death so who knows what we could find in our garden.

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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  Rolanaj on 1/24/2011, 5:24 pm

I've had bears in my yard but they never seemed to bother the garden they go for ant hills, blueberries and garbage cans around here.

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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  miinva on 1/26/2011, 6:30 pm

Bears also seem to like cocoa mulch, so don't use that if they're around Smile

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THANK YOU ALL

Post  MsSmilesT on 7/2/2013, 9:46 am

I'm just getting started with gardening again after a good 20 years.
Oh, I've dabbled with containers over the years, but this year I discovered SFG.
LOVE IT.

My concern has been the village feral cats. 
(don't understand why people can't be responsible pet owners)....
{{{sigh}}}

But, wishing away the problem simply doesn't work.

The posts on this thread have been so informative 

THANKS EVERYONE ~ I think I've discovered some ideas to keep my beautiful food beds feral free.sunny
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Inexpensive Deer Fence

Post  donnainzone5 on 8/31/2013, 3:15 pm

I received this e-mail from Bluestone Perennials the other day:

Oh Deer! Inexpensive, nearly invisible deer fence

Greetings from Bluestone,

If you are dealing with deer – here is an idea you might wish to try: A nearly invisible fence made from fishing line. It is quick, easy, low cost, and it works! What's not to like?

My father has a vegetable garden in Michigan that was being pillaged by deer. He put up 6' green garden stakes about shoulder high every 25 to 30 feet apart. Next he ran fishing line at waist and shoulder heights, about 3' and 5'. He used clear monofilament line, however you can get green tinted if you wish. That was the end of his deer problem. Deer are very skittish and spook easily. They can't see the fishing line and panic when they bump into it. The result is "Feet don't fail me now".

Deer also can't turn by bending their bodies. Need a gate? Just overlap the fence by about 3' and leave yourself a narrow path between the sections. Smaller animals, (rabbits anyone?) will not be bothered by the fishing line so if they are also a problem then a low run of chicken wire or similar fencing will be necessary. My father uses 24" tall chicken wire and buries it 3" to 4" to discourage critters from tunneling under.

The end result allows you to enjoy your flowers, enjoy your view, and not have you feeding the neighborhood maurauders. Hope it works for you - this method has been a home run for my father!

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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  CapeCoddess on 8/31/2013, 3:43 pm

This also works for geese I'm sad to say. It stopped the geese from coming up on my neighbors beach hence cutting off my supply of goose poo. Rolling Eyes 

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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  camprn on 8/31/2013, 4:00 pm

So we all have our problems with varmints in the garden from time to time. My good friend's father, who is 83 years young, is being stymied by pests digging up the lawn in his half acre blueberry patch. The damage looks something like this. Shocked 









This is the type of damage caused by the varmint known as feral swine... 




He is limited in his options for dealing with the monsters.

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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  RoOsTeR on 8/31/2013, 6:16 pm

@camprn wrote:He is limited in his options for dealing with the monsters.
get that pesky wabbi get that pesky wabbi get that pesky wabbi get that pesky wabbi get that pesky wabbi get that pesky wabbi 

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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  donnainzone5 on 8/31/2013, 6:26 pm

Bacon? Ham?
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Re: Keeping wildlife out of the garden

Post  camprn on 8/31/2013, 6:29 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:Bacon?  Ham?
YES! However, in NH you can hunt them anytime but need permission from the owner. The owner is the hunting preserve they escaped from 50 years ago. Typically they give permission. Richard is 83 years old and won't be camping out in a lawn chair, with a rifle, in the dark, waiting for a 160 wild pig to make an appearance.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 8/31/2013, 6:51 pm

Feral pigs cause massive damage and FAST! I guess I wasn't aware they had made their way that far northeast already. They are starting to hit the lower south portions of Colorado, and will continue on.
I can understand Richards situation...to bad he can't find some folks wanting to come out and hunt. The pigs are nasty to dress out, but the meat is excellent.

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Post  camprn on 8/31/2013, 7:07 pm

SO TASTY! ROoster, the ones around here are from a game 'hunting' preserve established in the late 1800s.
http://eastmanliving.com/2011/11/corbin%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Canimal-garden%E2%80%9D/

The piglets are so cute.
http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/hogs_feral.htm

Anyway, Richard just is putting up with it and hoping they move along next season.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 8/31/2013, 9:40 pm

Good articles Camp!

If I were Richard I sure wouldn't be out and about with those feral pigs!  The piglets are cute!
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Post  murarrie25 on 9/1/2013, 5:34 am

Are you allowed to trap wild pigs.
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Post  camprn on 9/1/2013, 7:54 am

@murarrie25 wrote:Are you allowed to trap wild pigs.
I don't think so, they are very large. I believe the can be hunted with rifle, muzzleloader and bow. Google wild swine in USA for photos to get an idea how large and dangerous these creatures can be.

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