What To Do About Those @#$% Deer And Rabbits

I don’t know how it is where you live, but I have deer and rabbits grazing in my garden.  The rabbits really are a bigger pest, in my garden, than the deer.

The deer used to just nip their way through the garden, except for the strawberries and the beans.  But, I would keep the beans close to the house, and that helped.

But, those darn rabbits can get into anything.  First, was the rabbit proof wire I purchased.  They forget to tell the rabbits they could not get through it.  Then, I changed to chicken wire 2 feet high around the beans, but they either dug under, or hopped over.

So, I said enough is enough.  Farm fence about 42 inches high was placed around two sides of part of the garden.  My garden is divided into two sections.  Then, we went with 5 foot wire up to the gate, and then cattle panels down to the first fence again.  

Next, chicken wire 4 feet high was strung around the inside of the cattle panels and over to the 5 foot fence.  This area is used for the smaller vegetables the rabbits love.  And the farm fence keeps the deer out with bird netting on top.

For rabbits in the larger section of the garden, I place shorter chicken wire held by temporary stakes around any new plants until they are big enough that the rabbits leave them alone.

I know it is a lot of trouble and expense, but now I can finally garden in peace.  I had tried about everything you can think of before.  Bird netting was carefully placed over the strawberries, held up by wire bowed over the rows.  The deer just stuck that big nose under the netting and helped themselves to strawberries leaves.

The present system has solved most of the rabbit and deer problems, but it takes constant upkeep.  If the bird netting falls down in one area, sooner or later, a deer will venture into the garden.  

The chicken wire must be checked often as those little buggers will keep trying to slip under the wire all the time.  When I find a spot they have managed to get under I will place a rock there and they will leave it alone to look for another weak spot.

As with most things in life gardening has its own set of problems.  It is your job to figure out how to overcome the obstacles.  That is what gives you character…right?

Great gardening,

Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century.  Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul.  It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.  

Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family.  Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.

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