Sunday, 19 May, 2002
Work on the garden proceeds slowly. Last week I had time enough to put in the T-posts for the fence, and yesterday I attached the wire on three sides. Today I spent setting the two wooden gate posts, and constructing the gate. An interesting little engineering problem, that gate. I have to wait for the concrete to cure (24 hours) before I can attach the gate and string the rest of the wire.
My real question is whether a 6 foot fence will prevent the deer from hopping in and mowing down the garden. I've seen deer jump a 6 foot fence, but I've been assured that they won't jump into the enclosed garden because the raised beds break up the open space too much. If the 6 foot fence isn't enough, we'll string a wire across the tops of the posts (another 8 inches up), and hang streamers from it. The combination of the wire and the streamers apparently confuse the deer enough that they won't attempt it. We'll see.