The Community Gardens are located near the Ranson Civic Center. While it’s a long way from being a “big city” environment, it’s not exactly rural either. However, this doesn’t prevent us from having problems with wandering deer stopping by to eat our plants.

Which is exactly what happened with our sweet potato plants last week. When we started work one morning it was clear that a deer had clipped the leaves off a bunch of the plants. Deer can be especially frustrating since they don’t eat the entire plant just the important parts like leaves and flowers.

For us, we covered the survivors with light cover fabric. This works for us since the plants are low to the ground. It can be more problematic for tall growing (but still deer enticing) plants like tomatoes.

There are other solutions. They include:

  • Physical barriers
  • Repellent
  • Fright

There’s a lot of information on the web on how to prevent deer damage. This gardeners site has a nice concise article.

If you want more information, stop by the gardens to chat. You can also see the fabric we used to protect the plants.