We’ve all been there. You work hard all spring, watch the seeds sprout, flower and bloom and then one morning you wake up to check on everything and suddenly you notice IT’S GONE! The deer came and ate all of your hard work while your back was turned. Ugh!!! Don’t give up, here are some tips on how to keep deer out of your garden.
How To Keep Deer Out Of Your Garden
The struggle is real. You did all the labor, planning, planting, watering, fertilizing, and watching it grow- patiently. Then the darn deer eat everything. I mean everything. What can you do?
Here are some suggestions and tips from farmers and gardeners to help keep deer, and other pests, out of your garden that worked for them.
Fences To Keep Deer Out Of Your Garden
You know the old saying that fences make good neighbors? Well, they also make good gardens.
- Place a fence around your garden at least four-foot-high.
- If you have the ability, install an electric fence.
- The double-layered fence works the best.
Set up one wire fence around your garden and another one about two-three feet around the first fence. If the first wire fence doesn’t stop them, the second surely will.
- Our friend, Homestead Lady, shares instructions for a DIY Wattle Fence you can build for cheap.
Fill the Freezer
No joke. If it’s deer season, and you have a tag, venison meat is amazing. Fill your freezer with deer meat and save your garden vegetables for a side dish.
One of my favorite wild game food blogs is Hank Shaw from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. Check out his venison recipes here.
Use fishing line to ‘fence’ in the perimeter of your garden and tie plastic grocery bags to it, hang aluminum pie pans and old music cd’s.
Make sure they can move around in the wind. The sight and sound often scare deer away to go look for a meal elsewhere.
Dogs To Keep Deer and Pests Out Of Your Garden
Dogs are natural protectors of the homestead. Move Fido’s dog house close to the garden and you won’t lose another plant to pesky animals.