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How do I keep the deer from eating my fruit and veg?

I have a small vegetable plot which I should tend more than I do! The plot is on a "deer route" and I can't keep them from eating everything. Tried some basic fencing but they just jump over and I don't really want the expense of electrifying it all. Any suggestions?

Comments (6)

  1. Grower

    Good Earth Gardens

    Forgive me if this sounds too weird, but I've heard that human urine is a good deterrent, particularly male urine, for some reason, so you could try encouraging males to use the 'outside loo' for that purpose, next to the fence. Also, vegetables that apparently deer don't like as much are Alliums, Jerusalem artichokes, rhubarb, broad beans and potatoes. You could also try planting prickly hedges to deter them such as Berberis, Mahonia, Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus).

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    Amanda CW

    How close to my plot should I encourage the peeing?

  3. Grower

    Good Earth Gardens

    Lol! If you can detect the route they are taking, then at the point you think they are jumping over your fence. So...I would say, right next to the fence perhaps? :-)

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    Ian Gibson

    Have you tried a diversion sign ?

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    Six Brothers

    I would be happy to help with this being so near to you. Is there anything you would like me to drink first? Comfrey tea? I assume anyone who has consumed diet coke within a six hour period is barred from making a contribution

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    Amanda CW

    This peeing thing is completely new to me but apparently male pee will also keeps foxes away! Thank you for your kind offers to help with the process, but I already have two boys who are very keen to give it a go! Boys!


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