Deer and Rabbit Proofing My Garden
Well all this rain is not exactly helping my garden. My peppers look washed out and I have had to replant some of mySwiss Chard as they drowned…or washed right out of the garden. I have been out there with my Dial soap almost every other day but as soon as I can spread the little curls around the garden, they run down the sides of the beds and into the lawn. At this point I am waiting for bubbles to form around the grass.
Unfortunately, the deer and rabbits do not seem to mind the rain. I ran out of the house the other day looking I am sure like a crazy person to my neighbors with my arms waving above my head and yelling at the deer standing in the rain, in my garden, munching on my spinach. I am glad at least one of us is enjoying the fruits of my labor.
So, in an attempt to save my garden as rain is in the forecast for the next three days, I have pulled out the chicken wire and bird netting and went about deer and rabbit proofing my beds. I only had enough chicken wire to do one bed so I pounded four posts and wrapped it around the bed with my peas as it is a tall fence and will hopefully be tall enough to protect my climbing snow peas.
The other beds I used the black bird netting. It is a plastic fine netting that is light and easy to use. We pushed six stakes in each bed and draped the netting over the stakes. Next we used rocks and bricks to weigh down the edges so no little critter could slip inside.
Knowing that owls are predators of small rabbits we put our wing flapping, head rotating plastic owl on a post in the middle of the garden. Hopefully that will scare the little ones away.
Well, I sit here with the rain pouring down and I am praying they have been discouraged by all my “security” measures.