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Keep Deer Outta Garden
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Alias    Posted 05-24-2004 at 04:01:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got this from my Sil who got it from our Bil.
He says, run clear monofilliment fishing line around the perimeter of your garden and it will keep deer away. The theory is that Deer do not like to touch things they can't see.

Now, I used 20 pound test line and I strung it just like electric fence wire. keeping it about 2.5 feet above the ground and free from weeds of other growth. Rather than make one continuous loop around the garden, I went from post to post and placed large fishing swivel hooks at each end. This enables me to unhook and place the string out of the way when tilling or working in the garden. Do not draw the string tight. Make it just tight enought to allow for maybe a couple of inches of sag in the middle. I used metal fence post with cable ties at the right height to receive the swivel hooks.

I'm pretty sure this will work. The other morning I went to the garden and found the first stalk of corn in the row had been bitten off. Apparently, a deer had reached his head across the line and got the first bite. but he didn't bother any of the others. I think his neck or legs came into contact with the string, because, all he left behind was a series of quick footprints as he/she wheeled and ran away.

If it works for you, pass the word along......gfp


tim in pa    Posted 05-24-2004 at 11:37:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have good luck with irish spring soap (shavings or cakes) around the perimeter, and for added security, the bird netting over the low crops. these 2 things together kept everything but the bugs out last year. lol


Salmoneye    Posted 05-24-2004 at 05:01:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
If this works, come September you are invited to a corn on the cob and lobster dinner...



Alias    Posted 05-24-2004 at 05:20:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Salmoneye,

If you're interested, I have several HP calculators for sale on ebay. Also, I have several more that haven't been listed.

Email me and I'll send a link.......gfp


People Like Myself    Posted 05-24-2004 at 07:33:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bear close scrutiny. We're the kind that think one thing and do something else. So, now that the cobwebs have gone, I will insert my email....gfp


Steve from TN    Posted 05-24-2004 at 04:45:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is interesting. Keep us posted. If it does work, my cousin is going to be a mite upset. He built an eight foot tall fence around 5 acres because the deer were eating his strawberries and peas up. He does this as a pick-your-own business and there was pert near nothing to pick. So far, this has worked this year. $3500 for a fence. Couldn't keep the rains out though; the rain ruined his market for berries this year.


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