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Join Date: Feb 2012
Re: losing green tomotoes....
Something a LOT less expensive, and labor intensive is a hedge fence of Sunflowers. I plant 12-14 rows of Sunflowers, in a 36" width around the garden. I use both the tall White Stripe, and Black Oiler's, to make a nice thick "fence". Just make as many angled entrances as you need to access the garden. Angle them in the opposite direction, as the Deer travel, and they'll walk right passed it.. It may be too late this year, but you can still try. I buy the seeds intended for bird feed at TSC, comes in 5-7 lb bags. That is enough to go around my 80' X 110' garden for 2 years+.
I did this 5-6 years ago, after reading this suggestion in a gardening forum. The theory is, a deer will not jump over anything it cannot see the other side of. They will pass through, and browse on some, but not enough to hurt anything. I found, once the tall Sunflowers get higher, and thick for the Deer to see through, and over, they stopped entering the garden. A of of the plus's, they really attract the pollinators, and adds some organic matter to the garden, and no fence to mow/trim/spray around the rest of the year.. I've cut the stalks after the have died, and ran them through the chipper/shredder to mulch over my Asparagus patch, or. just blow them back on the garden to rot down over the winter.
If you have a push planter, use the sweet corn plate to plant them. If no planter, you could just scatter them by hand, and mix in the soil a bit raking the surface with a pitch fork. I like to plant them right before a rain, and they're not long coming up. If you have a thin spot, you can always rough the ground up, and scatter more seed.
You may get a few volunteers next season, but they are easily removed with a hoe, or cultivator when small. Birds will work on them when the seeds are ripe, and you'll get some volunteers during the growing season. If they come up late, frost kills them, so no problem.