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    Dang deer!

    Well, I'm tired of the deer wreaking havoc on my vegetable garden! I planted beans 3 times last year before giving up. They'd get up about 6 - 8 inches and I'd come out and they would look like they had been mowed. We went on vacation for a week last summer and when I got back it looked like they invited every deer in the neighborhood over for a party. That was the final straw! They ate all my cucs, squash, and stepped on my melons!

    I used to sale perennials, daylilies and hosta mostly. I have a 12 x 50 greenhouse that hasn't been used for a couple of years so I decided to build a 4' x 40' raised bed and I can use construction fencing to keep the deer out (hopefully)! I also have it set up for irrigation so I don't have to worry about watering anymore. The plastic covering the house is about shot, so I'll be taking it off shortly.

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    John hate to hear that,as i just got a garden started.Good solution we hope. i have put a fence around mine,but it's only 4 ft high. i hope it at least slowes them down some. mine is about 50x80,so were hoping they leave something for us.Click image for larger version. 

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    Electric fences boys, electric fences! Just don't pee on them to see if they are working......
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    4 feet? I watched three deer leap over a 6 foot fence without a running start. Just stood next to the fence, looked around, launched and were munching the sweet corn before you could blink. Good luck!
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    The deer around here haven't discovered our garden, but we have had big problems with rats, rabbits, and ground squirrels attacking the crops. Last year was an especially bad year (Great for the rodents, as they were around in vast numbers).

    This year we are looking at an attempt to fence them out. If we can keep some of them out, that will help...
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    Sq. Ft. Gardening & you'll need less fencing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    4 feet? I watched three deer leap over a 6 foot fence without a running start. Just stood next to the fence, looked around, launched and were munching the sweet corn before you could blink. Good luck!
    yea kinda what i'm thinking also.Do have a way to keep them out though, it's a 30/06

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Bellinger View Post
    yea kinda what i'm thinking also.Do have a way to keep them out though, it's a 30/06
    but that method requires you to never sleep steve
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    My wife just goes outside and scolds them. They stand and watch (and listen?) then wander off. Really. Another solution is called 30-06. Keeps meat in freezer also. And, I agree, a 4 ft. fence is a joke to a deer.
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    They will not jump a double fence placed 4' apart. A friend did that and had good luck with it.

    But then again a good load of 00BUCK will get their attention and venison on the plate.
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