There was some trouble on the farm. Our fruits and vegetables were being assaulted in the dark of night. We had dealt with the water logged in ground gardens by building raised beds but what we were still having issues with were deer. There were ways that we were abating the deer attacks. First we used plants and flowers that create a barrier to the deer but we still could not keep them all out. We also used an organic chemical fence that gave us some success but vigilance could not prevent the effects of wear off after time and rain. We finally hit up on the idea to build a fence in an area around one section of our raised bed gardens. Planting fruits and vegetables that the deer would not leave alone inside the fenced in area would prevent any loss. Once the fence was constructed we have not had any issues with deer. The fence design promotes an open feeling but keeps any unwanted visitors from coming inside.
Depending on your garden size and shape your design will follow suit. Here are the materials I used to create our fence in the garden.
- 2×4 pressure treated for bottom, middle and top railings
- 4×4 pressure treated for support posts
- 4″ × 50″ hardware cloth to cover bottom half of fence
- outdoor deck screws
- gate hardware
- Quikrete for posts (or gravel to fill in around posts)
Once the fence was completed I added garden hooks to the upper rails to allow for some hanging plants. I also added a set of wind chimes to further deter any deer from entering the fenced area. Since we built the fenced in garden we have not had any issues with deer in the vegetable garden.