A simple electric fence will quickly train them
To the Editor:
I read with interest the loss of crops by deer. A crossing area that is not protected is a garden to you, but it’s a feed plot to the deer.
I think deer are the easiest to control of all the garden pests. A simple high string of electric fence is all you need. I haven’t had a deer in garden in years. The fence has to be put up before the growth in spring. That will train the deer to go around the garden plot.
I have heard of people shooting deer in the summer. That’s a bad idea. You shoot a deer and another will come. Neighbours do not like that, as the deer might have little fawns. It sure is a bad way to build community. You don’t shoot them; you train them, starting in early spring.
Raccoons, porcupines, groundhogs, chipmunks, squirrels, moles and three species of mice, powder mildew, carrot root, flies, potato beetles, cabbage loopers, corn boars, to name a few are more problematic than deer. Then there’s the birds. But this year all we needed to do was plant the seeds, control the few weeds and watch the garden grow. Almost no pests. Everything was healthy and beautiful.
Thank you for the space.