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April 3, 2009

Deer Gardener

deerVolumes have been written about how to keep deer from destroying your gardens.

 Advice ranges from distributing human hair in the garden to erecting enormous, unscalable walls of netting.

My neighbor Ron has a rather simpler solution. "I shoot them."

"But not before he makes sure they have a balanced diet," says his wife, Betsy.

Ron maintains a hunting property southern Anne Arundel and he provides lots of shelter and plants lots of food for his prey. For the deer, he plants fruit trees.

I am trying to make sense of all of this, especially since the reason so often given for allowing deer hunting is that the creatures would otherwise starve to death.

 

Posted by Susan Reimer at 9:00 AM | | Comments (1)
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Wayside Gardens has a long list of plants that (they say) are deer resistant.

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.
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