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« on: May 18, 2011 05:50:12 AM »

I planted English peas twice this Spring, and the deer came in and ate every single one of them.  I have big plans for my garden this Summer and refuse to battle both the bugs and the deer for my plants so I started doing some research.  The most promising solution I found was an invisible fence.  The premise is if you stretch fishing line between posts, deer can't see it.  When they walk into it, they freak out and run away.  We already had T-posts just sitting around, and I raided my husband's tackle box. 

Here's a close up of the fishing line in front of one of our garlic beds.  Please excuse the weeds.   Embarrassed  With all the work getting our garden in, we haven't had a chance to get the weed whacker out between beds yet.



The posts are set about 15-20 feet apart, and the line stretches horizontally about a foot off the ground, again about 5 feet off the ground, then in a criss-cross pattern between posts.






Here's a wide shot showing how we've got all of our beds protected now.  It's been 3 weeks since we installed this and have had no problem with the deer since.  It's too late to replant the peas, but the beans and soybeans are all sprouting unmolested, and all of my transplants look great! 

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011 05:59:40 AM »

A very bright idea. I'm glad it's working for you.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2011 06:16:40 AM »

perfect. I shall share this with a friend of mine.  If she doesn't install this year, she might next year.  Darn deer eating your crop.
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011 01:44:25 AM »

That is such a cool and simple idea!  Shocked You'll have to keep us updated to see how it works through the season. Hopefully, the dear don't outsmart it.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011 03:54:59 AM »

Thanks so much!  It's been a month now and so far so good, no intruders.  We live very remotely and are surrounded by woods and deer.  I hope we've outsmarted them in our small orchard, too.  We covered the majority of apples and peaches that we could reach with small paper bags.  The ones that we didn't cover are already eaten off.  No clue what we'll discover when we remove the bags at harvest time, but they would surely be already gone if we'd left them alone!  It's funny looking, like we're growing paper bags.   Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2011 09:41:34 AM »

Great idea. I will have to share this with my  Mom as she had trouble with deer and her garden and fruit trees. We have tried different things, so I will tell her about this.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2011 02:17:20 PM »

When I started reading your beginning post, I thought you were using an actual Invisible Fence (http://www.invisiblefence.com/) - and I was trying to justify the cost versus the amount saved with your home-grown veges.

Glad I read further - and I'm glad the fishing line works.
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011 05:21:39 AM »

Our gardening season is almost over and we didn't lose a single thing to the deer after installing this fishing line fence.  When it's time to plow our potato bed that's in there next to the raised beds we'll just cut the line and restring it when we're done.  I'm extremely happy with this cheap solution!
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2012 08:16:49 AM »

MW, did you put fishing line around all sides of your garden or did you leave a section open for access?  The deer keep stomping on my seedlings and eating my rudbeckia   Angry  I guess the bunnies could also be at fault, but the hoofprints right next to the rudbeckia are a clue....
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2012 08:22:21 AM »

We have a 'gate' made of some flexible bird netting/plastic chicken wire.  I'll try to get a photo posted here so you can see it. 
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