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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Priorities



We've spent most of the last year trying to keep the deer out of our garden - ever since they ate all our runner beans towards the end of the 2007 season. We thought we'd managed it, but they've recently started coming in again.

We've had foxes recently, too - sitting out sunbathing whenever the weather's been nice. And woodpeckers eating from our bird feeder. I'm realising it makes me very happy that we have such a variety of wildlife in our garden - and I really like seeing the deer grazing just outside the window. It's only when they start eating my food that it worries me.

So I'm wondering if we can change our priorities - is there a way we can just deer-proof the vegetables, and have the rest of the garden so that we don't mind the deer wandering around it?

1 comment:

forgottengenius said...

If you still have a problem with your neighbourhood deer you may be interested in looking into ultra-sonic repellents. I do not know the exact trade name, but I know that some find them to be highly effective. They are silent to human ears but deer find them very uncomfortable to be around, tending to leave such vegetables alone. I wish I could be more helpful, but I have always grown up with deer all around because I do not belong to a family of gardeners. "Oh the deer ate our tulips? That's adorable!" Yes, that is our jargon. ;D

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