This is not what a gardener wants to wake up to.
Realization Of The Day:
Okay, the Irish Spring soap thing totally does not work. Yes, that little black square right next to where my gorgeous Giant Fordhook chard used to be (click here) is a bar of Irish Spring in an old piece of stocking. I also hung two bars on the fence right next to the plot.
I'd heard about this deer deterrent trick for years but never actually tried it until two days ago. I'm now wondering if this obvious myth has been perpetuated by the makers of Irish Spring soap. I mean, I just bought 10 bars of the stuff.
More below. . .
Deer like Oriole Orange Swiss chard, too.
This is the plot next to the one in the first photo. At least they spared the volunteer basil. Click here to see how much it and the Nero di Toscana cabbage have grown in just 10 days.
Peeing along the garden fence and around the plots doesn't work either. Tried that last night, too. Yes, I am admitting this on the internet.
This is the first time in my 6 years here that deer have ventured into the garden. I have no idea what is up with the dogs--they usually hold all night bark-a-thons nearly every night and were even on an armadillo killing rampage a while back. I think I have a roll of 7-foot high mesh netting kicking around somewhere. I may have to stick some of my 7-foot bamboo stakes in the ground next to the short garden fence and string it up along them. I did that once at Windridge Farm.
Don't you just love the fact that they ate around all the weeds? Oh, and to add insult to injury, guess who I caught staring me down this morning while I was watering the garden and feeling sorry for myself (and armed with nothing but a camera)? Click on photo to enlarge.
Checking to see if I'm sowing more seeds?
Chard is pretty resilient, and the deer left the roots and a few stubby stems intact, so there's a chance the plants may grow back. At least I had a lovely chard salad last night.