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In the garden: Goddamned deer

Oooh, tender flowers! [chomp].

I know it's ridiculous to mulch Black-Eyed Susans -- they're roadside weeds! But this year has been the year not to buy, but to transplant, and I wanted flowers there, in the front of the raspberry patch. And so now the goddamned deer have developed a taste for them. Pests. Unfortunately, we can't shoot them in town!

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Submitted by jo6pac on

had a problem with peter cotton tail this year, shot one the others disappeared. I put wire around the tomatoes and melons. I removed the wire from tomatoes but didn't do the same for the melons. I now have melons under the wire and on top of the wire. The harvest should be fun.

Submitted by lambert on

Every year I promise myself I'll so something... But so far the critters have been smart enough only to take a small cut!

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Submitted by jo6pac on

I bought 100' roll of this from a local hardware store (I'm not rubbing it in:) because I also had problem with sparrows eating the seed sprouts. It's easy to cut and can be molded into shapes and it will cut you.

http://www.amazon.com/Fencer-Wire-Hardware-Cloth-Galvanized/dp/B008CJ0FV...

Chicken wire does work also and is cheaper. You might want to drive a stake down along side of the wire.

Submitted by lambert on

They're pests! Granted, we have created a habitat for them, and I'd rather change the habitat and shoot them, but I don't want deer in my garden any more than I want roaches in my kitchen, and for much the same reason!

Submitted by Dromaius on

Looks like bunny damage to me. The deer would have eaten the whole plant. I remember how much I hated the bunnies when they were eating my anemone flowers when I'd just recently planted them. Then they stopped and my anemones took over the whole garden space. Now I realize what a blessing the bunnies really were. The bunnies have also cured my red clover problem.

Also, this. You gotta admit that the deer are cute when they eat flowers, so. (This was taken at Paradise/Mt. Rainier).

Often, the deer eat my hostas down to the ground, but they grow back. This year the deer left them alone and now my hostas are overgrown and ugly. I preferred the deer.

You will get more flowers over the summer. You may want to throw a little netting on some chickenwire and put it over the flowering plants and see what happens.

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