So how does Jim control the deer? They have utilized a deer exclusion fence. Somerset County Park Commission invested in an electrified fence that surrounds 29 acres of gardens. This fence has 6 to 8 strands of electricity and reaches about 8 feet tall. There is an older fence inside, that fence is made out of wire, like a turkey wire. The distance between the 2 fences is about 2 to 3 feet. Deer have a difficult time with depth perception, they don't know how far to jump. Thus, because they have 2 fences, the deer tend to stay out of the garden. The combination of the taller electric fence with the shorter wire fence and the distance between them both makes the fencing effective. Deer have an issue with depth perception.
Tom Castronovo, a featured columnist with the Gardener News, has a fall tip. Fall is a great time to label your garden. Labeling is one of the most important things you can do for your plants. Labeling makes for easy identification when showing off your garden to friends and family. Labels also serve as a marker in the spring so you don't confuse those tender young shoots as weeds. Using a garden label maker can make that project very garden friendly.
By Joan Casanova, Bonnie Plants,
Photographs courtesy of Bonnie Plants
Temperatures are rising and high heat can wreak havoc in the vegetable garden. When temps climb to the upper 80's and sometimes soar into the 90's and 100's, plants need some assistance in fending off the Fahrenheit.
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