[Market-farming] Wire deer guards

Dave & Katharine Campbell dave.kathy at att.net
Tue Jun 17 22:11:13 EDT 2008


I make wire deer guards by cutting 2"x4" welded wire into ~30" lengths.  They still are curved, so make a small natural hoop.  Leave a little bare wire on each end when you cut to stab into the ground and help anchor them in place.  We put them over rows of anything the deer bother, like lettude, chard, sweet potato slips...  They also make a nice frame for shade cloth or frost fabric.  Expensive the first year, but you can use them for years after that, or until you hit some you've forgotten in the weeds with your tractor mower!
==davec / Tiffin IA / Zone 5
  
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> Try a little blood meal scattered over the leaves; deer don't like the 
> taste. (Not if you're intending to sell sweet potato shoots, of 
> course; people don't either!) Needs to be re-applied after any 
> significant rain; though if you have it on most of the time, the deer 
> may not notice short stretches of no protection, as they may have 
> already decided "those don't taste good, go eat somewhere else" and 
> may not try them again for a while. 
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> Fish emulsion sprayed on the leaves may also do the job. 
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> What are the wire deer guards? 
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> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly 
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> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale 
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> On Jun 15, 2008, at 9:40 AM, Dave & Katharine Campbell wrote: 
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> Wrong!  I set out my sweet potato slips about 2 weeks ago and 
> THE VERY NEXT NIGHT the deer came thouugh and neatly nipped off about 
> a third of them!  Moral: put out went the wire deer guards right away! 
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> ==davec / Tiffin IA / Zone 5 
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> > >One thing we do have a clear memory of is the deer eating off the 
> sweet 
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> > >potato leaves. 
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> > hopefully, they won't do that at the slip stage! I'm going to try one 
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> > of those Premier 2-layered fences around the sweet potatoes and a 
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> > small bean field. 
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