Skip to comments.Use Raised Garden Beds to Battle Deer and Dirt
Posted on 03/15/2012 4:40:37 AM PDT by orsonwb
click here to read article
Very tidy and attractive garden.
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.
Make sure you wet the newspaper and use layers of 4 pages or more.
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.
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!
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. :-)
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.
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.
Wanna trade for a pod of Honey Locust? :)
Just FReepmail me your address and I’ll send the five seeds without worrying about the stamp cost.
An old farmer told me to get the chuckies you need to dig a slanted hole into a small hill. He used stove pipe but I would think that a large drain pipe capped on the end would be better. Put potato peelings and other gormet foods that they like at the bottom. When they climb in it’s to slick for them to come out. Then you just have to pop them. I plan to try it this spring.
I have gone vertical hydro for my small root crops and container hydro for my large root crops.
No dirt at all!
Works great...my yields are way up and the resources it takes to get there are way down.
Roast chuckie with mashed potatoes, mmm!
Sounds like “How to catch a raccoon in a milk bottle: lash an old glass milk bottle to a tether, place a slice of apple inside. The raccoon will reach inside and grab the apple. His paw will not fit back through the neck. Too stubborn to let go, he’ll be there when you come.”
I googled “raccoon” once. Seems about a hundred years ago, raccoon appeared on the menus of the best eating establishments. Guess Walt Disney changed all that.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.