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Posted: 15/10/2012 at 20:26

Thanks Lunarz, they look rather good and I have added them to my list.


Posted: 14/10/2012 at 21:33

I think Busy-Lizzie that is what we have to aim for.  We have three enormous raised beds and  I'm thinking maybe we need to try and obtain suitable netting and supports to surround at least one of the beds next year.  We would need to be able to remove the netting for the children to weed and tend the crops.  Netting around the perimiter of the field where the beds are is out of the question.  I'm very grateful for all the suggestions and I now realise we have to look at this problem long term as the deer are not going to go away..


Posted: 14/10/2012 at 10:04

From time to time I do use Silent Roar when I find the three neighbouring cats have used my garden as their toilet and owners have let their dogs poo on the grass verge outside my house.  Of course, to use it all the time is the obvious solution but being the eternal optimist and begruding spending money on coping with other people's pets, I don't.


Posted: 13/10/2012 at 19:01

Good evening Gary, we will try that in future.  In fact, I do have quite a lot of fleece at home which I could use to cover the school carrots.  At present we are using bits and pieces of plastic wire netting  but as soon as the shoots grow thro the deer eat them


Posted: 13/10/2012 at 18:12

Thanks for the above ideas.  Of course, money is tight especially as we had very little to sell at the school gate this year.  Tomatoes are in a noisy, vandalised flapping plastic polytunnel and they survived and taste wonderful..  So far, the deer haven't eaten the squash, courgettes or pumpkins so hopefully the children will have some money to invest back in the garden next year.  We had thought of growing flowers but that is a definite 'no' now the deer are visiting. 


Posted: 13/10/2012 at 17:12

Thanks to Gary Hobson, yesterday's problem I had with a squirrel in my garden has been sorted.  However, is there any solution to deer eating crops?  I'm a volunteer at school garden and deer are now visiting and destroying the crops.  We are in a rural area in West Sussex and barricades are out of the question. This year they have eaten carrots, beetroot, runner beans, strawberries, raspberries and peas.  Is there any organic type pest control on the market?  It would have to be organic because of the children.


Posted: 13/10/2012 at 16:40

I felt quite cheated not seeing Nigel last night.


Posted: 13/10/2012 at 10:32

Thanks Gary for that info and I will definitely follow your advice.  I stopped using bird feeders many years ago as every time I looked in the garden there would be a rat wrapped around one of the wire peanut holders having a feast.  When I saw the enclosed ones at the RSPB I couldn't resist starting to feed the birds again.  So, chilli powder it is!!  This website is brilliant for getting problems solved by people who are in the know.


Posted: 12/10/2012 at 15:53

Have a squirrel proof bird feeder purchased from RSPB and arrived home today to see a squirrel sitting inside it happily eating all the large black seeds from a small hole where the birds peck.  It ran away when I went in the garden but has continued to return as soon as I go indoors.  I'm assuming it is a young squirrel to be able to get thro' the bars.  Has anyone else had this problem and come up with a solution? 


Posted: 06/10/2012 at 18:56

It looks beautiful Penninepetal

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