We enjoyed our first snow peas today fresh from the garden but it was a close call. Two nights ago some deer climbed over our 3 foot fence and decided to have dinner. Their tasty meal consisted of just perfect, ready to pick romaine and boston lettuce after which they enjoyed the tops of our peas. Luckily the string pea supports stopped them from eating the pea vines right to the base of the plants so we will still have plenty for ourselves.
We have found the deer are coming further into our gardens now. I don’t know whether it is because our landscape is now well developed with large trees and shrubs or because it has been a hot dry spring after a mild winter or a bit of everything. Whatever the reason, I have much more deer damage that we have ever had before. All my hostas are eaten, and as I said, they are now climbing into the vegetable garden something they haven’t done in the previous 5 years.
So today I went out and built myself a temporary deer fence. While it won’t be strong enough if they decide to push down the fence, I’m hoping it’s enough of a deterrent to make them go around and leave my veggies alone. Help yourself to my hostas, leave the lettuce for me.
To make this quick and easy I bought 10 foot galvanized pipe conduit. Each were only $4 and it took 9 in total. I then strung five rows of galvanized 16 gauge wire (hubby who is taller than me will do the 6th row). I sunk the posts by hand into the ground 3 feet, then ran the wire, wrapping it around each pole as I went. If this works, great, if not we will have to think about building a proper deer fence. That however will have to wait until fall when all the produce is out of the garden.
As a secondary precaution I covered my lettuce with netting. While I lost out on the perfect first heads, they will regrow. I hope the deer enjoyed them at least.