I frequently mention deer and show you photos of deer tracks, because they eat things like sweet potato vines, beet tops, peas, green beans, etc. I've tried a couple of things to keep them away, a scare
The Deer B Gon is a plant spray formulated from putrescent eggs. If you've ever smelled a rotten egg then you know it will deter anybody. It also contains cinnamon and clove oils for "no stink" application. It's applied about once a month and seems to work. Even though the ingredients can be considered "natural," I'm not particularly thrilled about supporting one of the big chemical companies, nor about having to be dependent on continually buying a product, any product, nor on having another container to discard.
The dogs don't eat anything, but they dig and do their business in the garden beds without regard to what's growing.
|Photo take last January of dog prints I found in the garden|
The only answer we could come up for all this was to fence the garden. Fencing the side yard and the garden have been on the Master Plan, but like every homesteader, we have a to-do list a mile long. And it seems to get longer as the years go by rather than shorter. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of discussion to figure out what's next. Having goals and priorities really helps here. Then sometimes it's circumstance that brings a project to the forefront. Such was the case here.
|We started by putting up the rest of the privacy fence, which I showed you|
previously. We've had the panels for awhile but needed to get them
out of the old barn so we can tear it down to make way for the new one.
I cut the path, then Dan ran welded wire fencing off the last panel.
|At the top of the garden there will be a gate, wide enough for Dan |
to bring in the walk-behind tractor. The gate is yet to be built.
|We wanted to make the front a little more aesthetic than welded wire, so|
Dan made a four rail fence using 4x4s and decking planks (cheaper than
1x6s.) Welded wire fencing is stapled to the back of the posts and rails.
|A wider drive through gate goes in at the bottom. Both gates are still to be built.|
|There's just enough room to drive a vehicle or equipment back through the 2nd|
gate you see in the distance, such as the time we had to dig a new drainfield.
Those of you familiar with the damage deer can do to gardens will be quick to point out that ours is not a tall enough fence for deer. This is true. The 8 to 10 foot recommended fencing was not within our price range. What is in our favor is the hedge and shrubbery on the sides. Also the ridge in the front raises the 5-foot rail fence by two feet on the highest side of the ridge. My elderberry and hawthorne bushes on the lower side add an additional barricade.
I like that it defines the garden area. Still to do are the two gates, and then this project about finishes up fencing our perimeter.