Try Again

This is what happened to my nice plants that I set out.

deer in the onions










These are the onions and you can see the deer tracks in the garden.  She tried the onions but didn’t like them so went on to the new plants.

Photo on 3-30-14 at 10.53 AM #2









You can see the difference in the fences.  This time the deer came in where the fence was not so thick.  I will finish putting rags in the whole fence but from what I am reading now I need something to make the deer feel there is not a safe landing place in the garden or that the fence is too wide for him to jump.  They say you can’t make it too  high to jumps if there is enough room for the deer to land safely in side.  I have a few ideas and will try those before I set out more plants.  This picture shows the rhubarb which is coming up nicely and the deer do not like that so that at least is safe.  No potatoes up yet so want to get the fence secure before they come up.                                                                                                 Photo on 3-30-14 at 10.48 AM #3 Photo on 3-30-14 at 10.53 AM



















This is Norman putting in two old tomato cages.  This end of the garden is much narrower, only 17 feet wide so he put two cages and covered them with chicken wire and will plant cucumbers around them.  This gives the cucumbers plenty of room to climb and the fruit hangs down for easy picking.  The deer do not like cucumbers so they are safe.  The row next to them Norman put is green bush beans.  If we don’t get another killing frost we will have some early beans provided I can convince the deer to go elsewhere to grocery shop.  The next row will be another row of spinach for freezing and then another row of beans.  In this side addition to the large garden is where I have the three rows that I set out the 36 plants that the deer ate and I’ll try again when I fix the fence plus two more row one that Norman will plant to beans and one I  have already planted in beets.  We have just talked about how we are to fool the deer and will go try that now and let you know how it works.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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