HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Home & Family » Household Hints & Help (Group) » I don't know where else t...

Wed Sep 20, 2017, 02:19 PM

I don't know where else to post this gardening tip

I have a big (16 x 4) raised-bed (I mean *really* raised--it's about 3 feet tall) garden in my back yard, and every year by this time it has been overrun with weeds and unharvested green beans, and the reason is that the fence made it too hard for me to get into the dirt. We have a lot of wildlife--deer and groundhogs, especially--and we felt we needed a fence to protect our plants.

The fence we had was made of posts hung with sections of metal open-net wire fencing; it was in sections for easier removal and replacement.

This year I told my dear husband that I just couldn't work with a fence any more, and I wanted to see what would happen if we left the fence off. We grow a lot of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, green beans, herbs of various kinds, and flowers.

After the plants were established, I noticed that one pepper plant had been nibbled on. Otherwise, I was delighted with the no-fence garden. I was able to stay on top of it, and it was beautiful.

I went online for non-fence tips to keep animals out of the garden and found one that suggested shredding highly aromatic soap, like Irish Spring, onto the ground around your plants. The strong odor, it said, would repel animals. Problem was, you'd have to keep re-applying it, and I generally water my garden daily.

At Lowes I saw a shelf of really ugly citronella (mosquito-repelling) plants. They're actually scented geraniums, I think, but they are strongly scented. I bought six of them and planted them up and down the center of my garden, and guess what? I've had *no* animal depredations since!

I also have had very little--almost no--insect ravaging, either, and this bothers me a little because I notice there aren't any butterflies visiting the garden. But there are plenty of butterflies elsewhere in my yard, so I guess it's OK.

Anyhow, I thought I'd share this in the hope it might help someone else.

7 replies, 3530 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 7 replies Author Time Post
Reply I don't know where else to post this gardening tip (Original post)
cyclonefence Sep 2017 OP
matt819 Sep 2017 #1
tnlurker Sep 2017 #3
Arkansas Granny Sep 2017 #2
Warpy Sep 2017 #4
WhiteTara Sep 2017 #5
cyclonefence Sep 2017 #6
WhiteTara Sep 2017 #7

Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Sep 20, 2017, 02:45 PM

1. Thanks

My wife's garden has been decimated this year. The deer feasted on beans, green beans, broccoli, kale, chard, lettuce, some herbs, brussels sprouts, and flowers - in the raised beds as well as areas not bedded. The dogs barking no longer poses any threat.

She was going to have me put in a barrier of sorts using the irish spring method. I'll mention this to her, and we'll see what happens.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to matt819 (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 20, 2017, 03:00 PM

3. To keep deer out you do not need an entire fence

All you need is a simple sting going around the garden tied to post in the four corners. Make it chest height to a deer. They will not step over it or jump over it to get to the vegetables. They will only nibble on what they can reach without stepping over it. The only reason they would ever cross the string boundary would be if the were spooked and were trying to escape danger. If that is the case they will not be staying long enough to eat anything.

For smaller critters such as rabbits and groundhogs this method is not effective. I have heard but not tried using human urine sprinkled around the edges of the garden will keep some critters away.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Sep 20, 2017, 02:54 PM

2. DU has a gardening group. You might post this tip there.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Sep 20, 2017, 03:10 PM

4. You might also be seeing the results of having the area fenced for a few years

because all the critters realized a fenced garden was too much trouble to bother with. They could all be back next year.

As for the Irish Spring, if Ireland smelled like that in the spring, no wonder my family left.

Citronella will indeed repel a lot of insects, it's why citronella candles or torches are used at evening garden parties. I don't think it works on woodchucks or deer, but the next few years will tell the tale.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cyclonefence (Original post)

Wed Sep 20, 2017, 03:34 PM

5. The reason you can't find the gardening group is

because it is listed as Recreation! Of all the things that gardening is, I would not say recreation is the first thing that hops out at me. Enjoy!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to WhiteTara (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 20, 2017, 03:44 PM

6. Thanks!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cyclonefence (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 20, 2017, 04:01 PM

7. I must admit that was my take!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread