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@Heidi Presser: Deer can jump 8' but can't jump up and over a distance. So you can have something like a 6' fence that is slanted out. Or use two fences about 5' apart. Types that are good include black mesh, stock (hog) fences. They are sturdy. You can also use electric but it will need maintenance. If you are in a rocky area, put up a wide border of irregular shaped large rocks. Deer including any hooved animal dislike walking over unstable rocky areas and will avoid if possible. Cattle guards work, too. Always tie brightly coloured ribbons or streamers to the fence so they don't run through and get trapped if spoked.

Also think about deer resistant plants around your garden. Anything with hairy or fuzzy or prickly/bristly/thorns leaves - deer will stay away from. Examples are flowering tobacco, lady's mantle, lambs ear, yarrow, poppies, verbena (purple top). They also don't like highly sented plants like sage, thyme, lavender and oregano, catmint, salvias, bee palm, rosemary, dill, lantana and so on. There are plants toxic to deer, but also to humans/pets, so be careful. Some are daffodils, poppies and helleborus. Another category of deer hating plants include leathery or fibrous foliage which are difficult to digest: arrowwood (viburnum), peonies, elephant ears, begonias (wax & dragonwing), iris.

And there are plenty of deer repellents around, but if you don't use them correctly, they can be useless and a money drain.

BTW, I live in a rural area with plenty of deer around and have no problems with my gardens. But then I have plenty of deer resistant plants around my yard and gardens plus fields of plenty of easy to get deer preferences. :)

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I don't have a deer problem but I have heard they do not like onions planted nearby. As celestina said they can jump (and gracefully I might add) but they have to have somewhere to land - no place to land and they won't jump. I use a cayenne/garlic/coffee spray to keep raccoons away, I think it would work for just about any critter. There is also the option of a motion activated sprinkler that works pretty good but you don't want to forget that is on.

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Marion François

Back when I lived in Ottawa, Canada, I got upset when squirrels would eat my veggies first and ruined my flowerplants... I tried Cayenne pepper but I emptied my little kitchen bottle so quickly that I decided not continue (and you want to put some more after each watering). My colleague told me about bloodmeal. It's also a good (and natural) fertilizer. It worked well for me.

Good luck !

Otherwise, a greenhouse sounds good! But you'll have to water all the time... rain doesn't get in! ;)


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