Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» New Forum Feature
by AtlantaMarie Today at 2:14 pm

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by trolleydriver Today at 2:12 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 10:54 am

» Senseless Banter...
by Kelejan Today at 10:40 am

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 Today at 3:32 am

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:32 pm

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco Yesterday at 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:23 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Yesterday at 7:20 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker Yesterday at 4:28 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:17 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:46 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 10:22 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:23 am

» New England January 2017
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:20 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:13 am

» 2017 SFG Adventures in Hampstead, NC
by ralitaco 1/17/2017, 11:23 pm

» Gardening Australia
by IrishDigger 1/17/2017, 10:01 pm

» Daikon radishes?
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2017, 9:49 pm

» Anyone want walking onions??
by Scorpio Rising 1/17/2017, 9:22 pm

» How much to plant?
by trolleydriver 1/17/2017, 2:48 pm

» January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 2:22 pm

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 2:00 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 1:49 pm

» Show us your kitchen compost container
by CapeCoddess 1/17/2017, 1:23 pm

» Some of our Gluten-free Cajun Recipes
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 12:34 pm

» Crop rotation
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 12:02 pm

» Creamy Basil Pesto
by sanderson 1/17/2017, 11:46 am

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 1/17/2017, 11:02 am

» Zera (TM) Food Recycler - kitchen composting
by BeetlesPerSqFt 1/17/2017, 10:40 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

How should I keep the deer out?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

How should I keep the deer out?

Post  littlesapphire on 8/2/2011, 11:39 am

Well, I assume it's deer I need to worry about, anyway. I had a terrible feeling last night that I needed to protect my garden, so I did the only thing I knew how, and sprayed liquid fence all around it (a gross smelling liquid made from rotten eggs).

Unfortunately, it's been so dry up here that the deer don't have any grass to eat, so they ate all the leaves off my pole beans instead, as well as my lettuce. I was upset at first, but I'm better now because I know the pole beans will recover. Bambi did this once before, and they bushed out really nicely within a week or two (plus he left all the beans, thank goodness).

But I don't want him to eat anything else. So I'm wondering, what should I do to keep him at bay? Or is it even a deer I should worry about? I'm 85% sure it's a deer because the pole beans were about 4 or 5 feet off the ground, and the lettuce are behind a 2 foot fence... but the reason I'm not completely sure is because I saw a large hole in a spot of bare Mel's mix like someone had been digging.

I'm thinking about fencing in the whole area and laying down weed blocker and mulch so I won't have to mow behind the fenced in area. What should I use to fence it in? I don't want to have to pay a lot of money, but I need it to be strong enough to keep the deer back. Anyone have any suggestions?

littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 32
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  Furbalsmom on 8/2/2011, 4:19 pm

Little sapphire, i have successfully used deer netting. Mine happens to be wrapped around a 7 X 27 foot area that I use for my tomatoes. I used 20 ft PVC hoops to create the surround for the garden area. I also wrap each table top in deer netting using the covered wagon style hoops to support the deer netting. Deer netting is fairly inexpensive, very light weight, the posts will be more expensive than the netting. A roll of netting 7 ft high by 100 ft long was about $25.



Table Tops - Tomato and Artichoke Garden



I have also covered one table top with tulle to prevent insect damage on veggies that do not require pollination such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, lettuce, and beets

Furbalsmom

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 69
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  ModernDayBetty on 8/3/2011, 12:29 am

I don't have deer problems (yet). I dream of living out in the
country/woods, so I have been keeping an eye out for solutions other
people have come up with. Someone on here, somewhere, posted their
garden with huge "walls" of chicken wire attached to 2x4's. Each one had
a hinge on it connected to posts so you could open any side up to get
to food and you could also walk inside of it on certain sections. I
think eventually they even put netting above to keep birds out. This one
has been my personal favorite, hope it was a good explanation. I
searched for it but couldn't find it, must not be using the right search
words. But I did find this similar topic posted over a year ago
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t780-keeping-wildlife-out-of-the-garden
hope this helps. :o)

EDIT: I found it!!

Before http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t2618-first-sfg-actually-first-any-kind-of-garden

After http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t6884-sfg-year-2-pittsburgh


Last edited by krazikandiland on 8/3/2011, 12:52 am; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : Perseverance)

ModernDayBetty

Female Posts : 298
Join date : 2011-03-19
Location : Central Washington Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Protection from Deer

Post  mijejo on 8/3/2011, 6:47 am

Deer frequently pass through my front and side yards. Furthermore, I often see them munching in my neighbors' gardens. So far, mine prevents too many problems for them.



I have dogs - four border collies

. On nice days, they spend much time outdoors. Therefore, the perimeter of my back yard is enclosed with 4' split rail (covered with black-mesh wire) fencing.



The garden resides in one corner with a 3' rod iron fence on the two sides open to the yard.



Although deer could easily jump either fence, I believe the smell of the canines inhibits them.



So, the combination of the fencing and the dogs appears to provide my garden's protection from Bambi and friends.

mijejo

Posts : 156
Join date : 2011-05-25
Location : Cincinnati, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  littlesapphire on 8/3/2011, 9:08 am

Thanks for all the advice, guys! Krazi, I especially like the wooden hinged fence idea that you like so much! I probably won't do anything that fancy this year, but I'll certainly keep in in mind for next year.

I don't really live in the country. We're at the edge of town, lots and lots of houses around, it's jsut that the deer population is so dense here because there are no predators to keep them in check. I often see them early in the morning on my run around the local school. They have very little fear of humans. I can't really blame them because we moved into their land, but that doesn't mean I want to just let them eat my garden!

I decided I'm going to put up poles to support a deer netting fence all around my garden, with three foot clearance space between the fence and the garden itself. That way, I have room to maneuver around inside and any especially bushy plants (like my pole beans) are way out of reach of the fence. I hope that helps!

littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 32
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  quiltbea on 8/3/2011, 3:19 pm

I know it sounds crazy, but if you can't afford to fence in the area with 8'-10' tall deer fencing, then I suggest hanging some anti-perspirant soaps on poles around your garden area.

Hey, it worked for me. I put in some dwarf fruit trees 3 years ago. I had fencing around them, but it was too low. In spring 2009 the deer ate several branches so that I thought I'd lost the bunch of them especially since they also chomped off the tops. I read about the soap.

I bought Irish Spring and put one in each net bag (used onion bags) and tied them to the short fencing already around the trees. Never had a nibble since. I've done this now for the next 2 years. I renew the soaps in the fall and the spring. In the fall because I don't want the winter needs of the deer to make eating my trees a joy.



My Almaden Duke dwarf cherry with one side eaten away along with the very top of the tree.



As you can see, they love to eat the bird seed from the feeders as well.



That same tree this spring, full of blossoms and with new branches. Not a nibble to be seen.

If it doesn't work, you aren't out a small fortune. All I know is it worked for me.

quiltbea

Female Posts : 4616
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 74
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  littlesapphire on 8/5/2011, 1:27 pm

Quiltbea, that's an interesting idea. I've head of putting dryer sheets out there to keep the rabbits away, but not soap for deer. I'll keep it in mind!

So I got my fence up. It's super rudimentary, but I think it'll do the job. I got four 10' conduit pieces and cut them in half, staked them up around my two boxes and put some extra poles up (some bamboo and an extra conduit piece I had) in between where it needed extra support. There's a door in the front where I use a hair tie to hold a piece of bamboo against a conduit pole. The fence part is just simple deer netting. It's pretty flimsy, but I think it'll work. For safety sake, I wove some pink caution tape through the top of the netting.



And in case you're wondering, this is the reason I put the fence up. The pole beans are just starting to get some new leaves.


littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 32
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Chicken Wire

Post  bakermtb on 8/21/2011, 3:57 pm





This is what I used. 8' high over the 4 x 4 square.

bakermtb

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 87
Join date : 2011-06-21
Age : 62
Location : Ellicott City, MD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  sherryeo on 8/21/2011, 4:09 pm

Wow, bakermtb, I think you're good unless you have a sudden onslaught of giraffes feeding in your neighborhood!!! Very Happy

Welcome to the forum!!! I hope to see you post often and make yourself at home here!

sherryeo

Female Posts : 850
Join date : 2011-04-03
Age : 65
Location : Mississippi Gulf Coast Zone 8B

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  westx on 8/21/2011, 4:23 pm

Motion Activaed Sprinkler

While wondering the internet yesterday I ran across the above. Pretty neat idea. There a several companies making them.

westx

Male Posts : 52
Join date : 2011-05-27
Location : Ellis County, Texas

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  littlesapphire on 8/21/2011, 8:20 pm

Wow, that's some amazing fencing. I thought about doing something similar, but my pole beans are pretty determined to climb over everything and once they're over the fence, the deer can have at them.

The beans have gotten all their leaves back, but they didn't produce a single bean the whole time they were regrowing their leaves. They're just starting to produce beans again though! Now that they're protected, I should start getting a steady flow of beans.

littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 32
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Re: How should I keep the deer out?

Post  Sponsored content Today at 2:14 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum