Ugh, I was so disappointed to get up yesterday morning and find the deer had used my garden as an all you can eat buffet. My first clue should have been earlier that day I had to chase them out of the area, so why would I think they wouldn’t be back? So without creating an ugly mess I knew I had to fence the area in and I chose to create a fishing line fence. Not only is it functional it’s also not an eyesore.
Right here is the evidence they were tramping through my garden…..hoof prints! I’m quite the detective right? That didn’t require much investigation. I’m just so mad at myself for not putting the fence up sooner, a garden is hard work and I certainly didn’t plant it just to feed the deer.
You can see here what they did to my tomato plants, (sigh). It looks like someone took a weed wacker to them, and they were loaded with golf ball size tomatoes. I’m just sick about the whole thing. So rather than cry I decided to keep the deer out while I still had some things left. It seems they like the tomatoes, strawberries, sunflowers and beans best, they didn’t touch the squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, or spinach. Go figure!
I first did a little research online and decided the fishing line fence was the easiest and most economical way to go. I will also spray a liquid fence once the rains stops, we’ve had over a week of downpour rain here. One good thing I haven’t had to water the garden, but if the rain keeps up I fear it will all be waterlogged and ruined.
The only day we didn’t have rain, and a good thing, I gathered my materials and started fence building. I used 12 pound fishing line and green garden stakes. I had the stakes so all I needed to pick up was the fishing line. I really needed something that didn’t require hubby’s help with (he was out of town) and this was easy enough to do myself.
I shoved 6ft tall green garden stakes into the ground all the way around the perimeter of the garden, placing them 6 inches from the raised beds. I then tied off the fishing line to the starter post (above pic) and wrapped it around each stake several times, keeping it taut until I made one row and tied it off at the ending post. I continued doing this until I had enough rows, keeping them 6 inches apart until I reached the top. Here’s a tip. Put two stakes close together, this will be your starting post and your finish post. That way you can pull one out of the ground and move it to make for human access to the garden, don’t block yourself out, just the deer. I put a rubberband around the top of the starting and ending post like a latch to hold them together (as seen in the previous picture).
I’m not sure why the deer decided to pick on my garden this year, in the past they’ve always left it alone. Nevertheless, I hope this keeps them out. I know it worked for the dog, she couldn’t get past the fishing line..
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