If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know the trouble I have with deer in my garden. Well I must be a glutton for punishment, I am planting a garden again and attempting to keep the deer from eating it. So far I have most items in container close to the house and this is what works best for me, but you can only have so much of that. Hubby made me all these raised garden planters a few years ago and I normally plant my flowers for cutting in them, which I will do again, but a few of them will be used for tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans.
In my attempt to keep the critters from eating the garden I made some chicken wire cages. They’re certainly not going to win any beauty contest but they are functional. I made long cylinders of chicken wire for each tomato plant, and I only planted 4 this year and used my tomato stakes to hold them in place. I don’t think the deer can get to them and by the time they’re bigger the deer will leave them alone and I can remove the cage.
I did the same with the cucumber plants only I made the chicken wire cage a teepee shape. The deer seem to like the cukes better than the tomatoes. I still need to plant my green bean seed and will need to rig up some way of keeping the feeding critters out of them also, if I can talk hubby into it I may just have him make me long skinny boxes for the deck. It does make picking easier when most things are in containers and weeding is almost nonexistent. So, we will see, but I hope the cages will allow my veggies to become mature enough that the deer leave them alone. It’s very discouraging to go to all the work just to go out one morning and find everything nibbled off tight to the ground. Stay tuned to see if it works!