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More deer damage

Deer damage on sunflowers.The deer are back in the garden.  For months, I nearly believed that the Predator Eyes Daddy got me for Christmas worked, but the lack of deer damage was really just due to plenty of yummy deer fodder in the woods.

Three weeks ago, I saw the first strawberry, okra, sweet potato, and sunflower leaves get nibbled.  I quickly threw row covers over the strawberries and sweet potatoes.

This week, our sunflowers were eaten in stages over four nights until all that was left was the stalks.  Mark's working on deterrents as fast as he can, but for now I'm hoping that the sunflowers will act as trap plants --- you know, like some gardeners
plant sacrificial mustard as trap plants to soak up the flea beetles, only for bigger prey.

Too bad I only planted one bed of sunflowers.  I wonder if they'd protect the garden if I planted a four foot deep row in a circle around the entire yard?

We finally solved the deer in the garden problem, and the solution was so elegant we gave it a new website.  Check out our deer deterrent website for free plans!

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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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