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Old 04-01-2012, 09:36 AM
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Posting a question for my dad- he has 10 acres surrounded by woodland so deer are a big problem for him. He has a gated portion of his garden, but he'd like to expand the garden outside of it this year, and he was wondering what crops he could plant that the deer will not touch.

Here are the specific ones he had questions about:
Swiss Chard
Spinach
Beets
Cantaloupe
Watermelon


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i think deer would eat all of those ,,,here even pumkins are not safe ,,,they stomp them then eat the fruit
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I suggested to my dad that maybe he hang some reflective windchimes. He doesn't have the time or resources to put up another fence right now. Do you think the chimes would help, or do you have any other suggestions?
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He must extend the fence. Thats it, the only solution.
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They have propane cannons here to keep the deer at bay, they work for about a day or two then the deer will stand right next to them when they go off and not even flinch. FENCE-FENCE. JT
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usualy electric fence is the cheapest,,,u need to train deer to fear it ,,, after its up take small pieces of alumunim foil wrap around the fence and rub a little peanut butter on them ,,,when they attempt to lick it the fence bites them,,might need tall post to slow down the jump over,,,or get a dog and train it to stay inside fence and chase deer out of it,,i put up 5 foot high woven and with the dog in it havnt had one deer inside it yet,,*knocks on wood* been two years with garden inside
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everything you listed they will eat to the ground.................
Just extend the fence and be done with it.
That ebing said, I have a 6 foot chain link fence and they still get in.
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Some folks have had luck with bags of human hair strung up around garden areas.

But.....fencing is a proven deterrent. Add a strand of electric wire on it to be sure.

Also I have noticed when their natural food source is diminished thay are a LOT more aggressive in going after domestic crops. And when they have plenty they are not such a problem.
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I aggre with bushman a good dog will keep them at bay been using dogs for years for my gardens
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Tomatos zuchini, yellow squash & hot peppers are the only things that are safe... As for the rest get a couple of dogs.
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A quick fix on the cheap is old fishing line strung on engineer stakes. It works.
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Deer need to take a few steeps to jump over something. The only thing that works for us is 2 fences 5 feet apart.
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My grandparents told me if you keep hair when you get it cut and then put it around your garden they will stay away, I dont know if it works but its worth a try
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I bought deer screen from Tractor supply in a 7 foot by 100 foot roll at a cost of around $35. a roll. The is basically a plastic chicken wire. I put 10 foot tall 4x4 pressure treated post every 8 feet and sunk them about three feet in the ground. I bought one roll and 13 post for a total cost of $120
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We've had moderate success with putting a large piece of tin foil on the plant (scares them off) as well as hanging some garlic in panty hose, they don't like it as much either.
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This might be messed up and stupid, but has anyone thought of leaving a mounted deer in sight? Some animals get really spooked out and will refuse to go near one of their deceased.
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Having lived around a big deer herd for 35 years I have determined a few facts regarding gardening near deer. The "Hair" routine does not work as deer living around homes and farms are evidently familiar with the human scent. Through trial and error I have determined deer dont seem to want to jump into a small enclosed area. My garden is a raised bed garden surrounded by railroad ties and a 5' welded wire fence on steel posts. The garden is a series of sections about 48' by 16', each section is separated by fencing. I take metal clothes hangers and use them to hang aluminum pie plates or small roasting pans on the fence. The slightest breeze rattles the pans against the fence and it makes a startling sound the deer, and myself, don't get used to. I use short steel posts strung with monofilament fishing line to keep deer off my Ladys flowers. You must put the posts far enough from the flowers so the deer cant reach over the fishing line. Evidently the deer cant see the fishing line. I have watched deer walk toward the flowers and bump into the line with their nose, jump and run. Don't waste money on the commercial "Deer Repellants" they stink like Hell, plug up your sprayer and don't work. Good luck with your gardening.
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Tomatos zuchini, yellow squash & hot peppers are the only things that are safe... As for the rest get a couple of dogs.
We must have hardcore deer in PA, they eat anything and everything to the ground, including the stuff you listed.

My BIL actually had his horseradish plants eaten to the ground last fall.
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If you like squash, plant squash or zucchini in with the other stuff.

Deer will not eat, or bother anything planted around squash or zucchini
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Post#10. I have watched deer chow down on my neighbors yellow squash.
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