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Use Raised Garden Beds to Battle Deer and Dirt
The How Do Gardener ^ | March 10, 2012 | Rick Bickling

Posted on 03/15/2012 4:40:37 AM PDT by orsonwb

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To: N. Theknow

Yup, human hair works...but it’s quite a job keeping it fresh (only lasts a few weeks) on a 75’x 75’ garden.......


41 posted on 03/15/2012 7:09:03 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: orsonwb

A 30-30 works well, also!


42 posted on 03/15/2012 7:10:52 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: orsonwb

A good read. But contrary to the article, you can use the current pressure treated wood. Copper arsenic is no longer used for pressure treating and the current chemicals pose no threat to your garden. This is from the horticulturalist who taught my Master Gardeners class last year. I used 5/4” x 6” decking planks for my new raised beds built last year. I think its more sturdy, and certainly less expensive, than the Trex or other composite decking material.


43 posted on 03/15/2012 7:42:59 AM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: Arlis
Yup, human hair works...but it’s quite a job keeping it fresh (only lasts a few weeks) on a 75’x 75’ garden.......

Anytime I needed more hair, I just dropped by the barber shop or beauty parlor and asked them if I could sweep it up for them and took it with me in a shopping bag or two.

44 posted on 03/15/2012 7:50:21 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: elcid1970

We’ve not had luck catching them out where we could use the mini cap method (& we have the means to implement readily available) .... if they do come out, if you try to crack a window or the door, they are so observant, they run immediately & there are plenty of places to duck into close by.

We’re trying some other options .... but it has come to WAR .... they’ve really made a mess around the outbuildings & the barn.


45 posted on 03/15/2012 9:05:10 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Arlis

We put dog fur around ours. We have an abundance of it (dog sheds like crazy). It seems to work!


46 posted on 03/15/2012 9:10:58 AM PDT by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: nuconvert

Check out “HOW TO HAVE A GREEN THUMB WITHOUT AN ACHING BACK,” by Ruth Stout. An oldie but goodie. She used newspaper covered with straw. Same idea. You can plant through it and as it decomposes you just add more straw. She was in her 80’s and developed this idea so she could keep gardening. I’ve tried it and it will keep down the weeds and enrich the soil.


47 posted on 03/15/2012 12:19:24 PM PDT by WHATNEXT?
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To: orsonwb

Years ago my Dad read that hanging mesh bags of dog fur around your garden fence would keep the deer out.

I honest to gosh brushed the GSD and saved the fur AND mailed it across the country to him.

It didn’t work. ;). But we had a good laugh over it..


48 posted on 03/15/2012 12:37:38 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Didn’t say it does. :-)


49 posted on 03/15/2012 1:08:02 PM PDT by alnick
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To: orsonwb

Won’t keep the rabbits out.. chewed right through mine last year.


50 posted on 03/15/2012 1:13:43 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Very tidy and attractive garden.


51 posted on 03/15/2012 1:17:51 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: alnick

I have successfully used newspaper and cardboard instead of landscape fabric. I just wet it, put it on top of the grass and assorted lawn greens in my raised beds and added soil.


52 posted on 03/15/2012 2:10:34 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: orsonwb

Make sure you wet the newspaper and use layers of 4 pages or more.


53 posted on 03/15/2012 2:12:13 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: orsonwb

This is the hoophouse I built last year. 12ft wide x 35ft long. It's covered with chicken wire along the bottom, and deer netting over the top. The shade cloth is to protect the plants during these scorching Texas summers. The cattle panel is for climbing plants. The raised beds were built from scrap lumber and filled with horse manure from a local ranch. Watering is done with a simple drip water sprinkler system.

This years project is to widen the hoophouse and add more beds.

54 posted on 03/15/2012 2:18:17 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: orsonwb
don't raised gardens drain water very fast and make it harder to get ground water too???
55 posted on 03/15/2012 4:32:34 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: orsonwb
Here's a photo of the raised garden bed.......No raised garden bed is complete without an 8 ft. privacy fence........


56 posted on 03/15/2012 4:45:31 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: MissMagnolia

Hsving enjoyed roast squirrel & rabbit from way back, I wish you good hunting with marauding woodchucks.

Ain’t the size of the rodent, it’s how much sage & onion & garlic you use. Cover & cook at 350 degrees, results guaranteed. Enjoy!

;^)


57 posted on 03/15/2012 8:52:20 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: elcid1970

I have never had the opportunity to ‘try’ woodchuck although we regularly eat venison (& occasionally turkey, dove, quail, pheasant, squirrel & rabbit). If we can ever catch/shoot one of the wee beasties, we’ll give it a roasting. :-)


58 posted on 03/15/2012 9:03:55 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Hot Tabasco

We’re doing the square foot gardening, too. However, we’re on a hillside so there is quite a slope. Nothing can be easy for my husband! He’s having to do a terrace of sorts and only has one 4x8 bed complete with the second one almost done. We eventually want to have at least 16 of them but are hoping to do 4 this year. I need to plant a money tree so we can have it all at once! :0) I’m not very patient.


59 posted on 03/16/2012 8:31:03 AM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: MrB

Did you ever get anyone to send you those mimosa seeds? I found one pod that had five good seeds. All the other pods must have been picked up by my bagging mower.


60 posted on 03/16/2012 8:57:02 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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