Reply Tue 22 Jun, 2004 04:06 pm
I want to grow raspberries or tomatoes in my yard, but we have a creek and woods out back, with critters all around. Rabbits, deer, raccoons, possums and more (including an amazing array of birds). Is it hopeless? Am I doomed to rely on the farmers' markets for fresh produce? I'm not a country girl; I've never lived around so many wild animals before...
I'm also not a gardener, but I'd be willing to try planting something. I wonder if those patio tomatoes would be safe somewhere.
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Reply Tue 22 Jun, 2004 04:12 pm
You'll have to fence it in to keep the deer out at least. Coons and rabbits are a different story, but you can keep them out with some effort.

You won't need a really high fence, maybe 5' high, chicken wire. What you do then is collect branches from the woods and thread them through the top few runs of chicken wire - this makes the fence look higher. Deer are fairly stupid and won't realize they can easily jump the fence, because the sticks are up there making it look higher.
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Reply Tue 22 Jun, 2004 04:13 pm
Another option is to get a dog (or two) that runs free out back.
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Reply Wed 23 Jun, 2004 06:33 am
Most tomatoes need full sun--depending on how wooded your backyard is, you may have difficulty getting a high yield even if you can keep the animals away.
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Reply Wed 23 Jun, 2004 08:06 am
I'm no gardener but I recall that my Dad use to put cheesecloth or some light fabric above the strawberries and raspberries to keep the birds away.
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Reply Wed 23 Jun, 2004 09:53 am
Deer and other ground animals tend to not like strong-smelling or tasting plants, so you might want to plant onions around the border of your tomato garden.
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