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Autumn is peak deer damage time in the garden

Homemade deer deterrentAutumn is peak deer damage season in gardens across the U.S.  Your neighborhood doe probably had a couple of fawns this spring, and those three mouths are hungry. 

I've fought deer in the garden for nearly a decade now, and I have to admit that until this year they've won every battle.  Give the deer half a chance and they'll wipe out your garden in short order.  Last year, they ate our strawberries and sweet potatoes, then moved on to swiss chard, and ate onions for dessert.  We barely had anything fresh from early autumn on.

But as our regular readers know, Mark saved the day with a homemade deer deterrent that really works.  He's been working on making a version that everyone can copy out of cheap supplies, and I've been working on a deer repellant website to go along with it. 
This week's lunchtime series skims over the highlights of what we've learned, but feel free to head over to the other website for more information.

This post is part of our Homemade Deer Deterrent lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Are you allowed to harvest the deer after feeding them all year?
Comment by brett Mon Sep 7 23:00:55 2009
We'd have to get special permission to shoot them out of season, unfortunately. We've been sorely tempted, though...
Comment by anna Tue Sep 8 07:42:29 2009

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