Low-Cost Deer Defense

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cookinwithherbs susan belsinger, contributor
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Produced by: Susan Belsinger

Here is a vdeo that I just took of our garden. Since we no longer have our good ole' dog Butchie to keep the deer population at bay, I had to figure out a way to keep them from nibbling the new baby vegetables--or just plain sheering them off to the ground as they are known to do. Since the deer bolt with the least sign of movement, I figured moving objects would help to repel them.

We cut bamboo poles from the small grove that we have and placed them on the four corners of the garden and a few more for support in between.  Then we strung heavy-duty garden twine from pole to pole. I saved recycling for a few weeks and picked up a few extra aluminum pie plates and punched holes in them and then tied lengths of string onto them. I hung them intermittently along the twine along with some bits of colored riboon and string. Shiny Mardi Gras beads and some pinwheels completed the desired effect.

It looks a bit like a gypsy encampment or a garden festival when the breeze blows and makes the pans and ribbons dance about. They clank on the poles and make a bit of noise and the sun shines and causes bright reflective movement. 

So far, so good (knock wood). The tender garden greens, brassicas and bean plants are as yet untouched by the marauding herd of deer.  The new deer fence seems to be working as the defense barrier that we need--it cost very little, used recyclables and is easy to maintain. 


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