Deer

Wrapping up the garden fence project

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Wide photo of garden fence
Photo of fencing roll
Photo of deer watching me build the deer fence
Photo of cat outside of garden fence.

This weekend I wrapped up most of the garden fence project. The only thing I still need to do is run tensioning wire across the very top of the long sides of the garden. I will also run a wire along the bottom, about six inches off the surface of the ground in case small animals lean up on the fence or try to push through it. This was a lot of hard work, but now I can be assured that no deer, rabbits or other critters will be able to eat my garden! It's been a real struggle over the years.

Installing a new deer fence

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of deer fencing
Another photo of deer fencing
Photo of fence tensioner

For the past three years, I've had an electric fence around this particular garden but I've had to remove it. For some reason, the wires rusted and, as a result, conducted less charge. A deer got trapped inside and basically trashed my raised beds as it struggled to get out. 

Midnight visitor ...

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of buck in our backyard
Photo of another buck in our back yard ...

Lately, we've had an overnight visitor. All the fires have driven the wildlife deeper into our neighborhoods and the animals are hungry!

I have been putting apples out on the lawn to feed the deer. This was after we noticed that they came through and totally cleaned out all our annuals and perennials! Here, two different large bucks came through on two different nights. This is eight feet outside our back door. :)

Deer and gardens can coexist!

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of buck deer under bush

This young buck loves to hang out beneath the California Lilac (Ceanothus L.) bushes. These beautiful bushes are only twenty feet from my gardens. I have had ZERO deer problems this season, even though the deer are right up to the doorstep. There are plenty of posts on my website (friendswithgardens.com) that tell you how I do it.

I love this guy. He and I came face-to-face about a week ago ... six feet apart and staring one another down. He finally walked off. Now, he just watches me while I work the garden.

This doe loves the beehive

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of deer and beehive

This deer (assuming it's a doe) is always hanging around the beehive. She loves to just curl up there and watch the bees in the daytime. She also lets me move freely about while I'm working there, but never lets me closer than about 15 feet. Here, she cuddles in the for the night, just a few feet from the beehive. :)

Deer trimmed the pepperoncini peppers

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of pepper plants trimmed by deer
Photo of pepper plants trimmed by deer

I noticed that the deer trimmed all the tops off of my pepperoncini pepper plants. They have done this in the past with other pepper varieties (jalapeno, volcano, etc.). They usually leave the peppers alone, but they sure do like the pepper leaves!

I usually protect them by keeping wire curved over the top of the planter box but hadn't gotten around to it yet ... the deer got lucky.

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