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Our Sweet Potatoes and Deer

September 16, 2011

We planted several Diane sweet potato plants on a small hillside in our back yard.  As you can see from this first photo, the plants were doing great until one recent morning when the neighborhood deer discovered our patch (see the second photo).

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Note that the deer ate all around the cucumber vine that had drifted into our sweet potato patch. Our harvest was surprisingly good considering their growth period was cut short by about a month.

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During our Ohio years we employed various methods to deter the deer with some success. This is our first problem with Georgia deer. Some folks in this community have had some success with a barrier of fishing line. There are lots of suggestions on the internet from others who have tried this method with some success. My next step is to research this by following some of the links from a “fishing line deer” internet search. I welcome any other suggestions you may have.

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One Comment
  1. I’ve had good success with spraying deer loving plants with an egg, water mixture. It keeps the deer away for about two weeks. Then I reapply.

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