Deer hoof print in mud

Every gardener deals with it sooner or later. Hours of tireless, backbreaking labor followed by weeks of eager anticipation all to find out you’re garden has become a favorite salad bar for the local deer population.

Deer ate my tulips!

I discovered a dozen or so tulip stems missing their bloom. Strawberry transplants stored outside were also eaten to a nub. The blueberry patch had been trampled (but not eaten). It was fortunate, actually. It’s still early and most of my garden has just been planted. The deer found my tulips, but not much else.

So I’ve got my deer repellent now and give my starts a good spray after transplanting. So far, so good. A fence is really the only solution, but I’m not through experimenting yet — still deciding the various beds and garden sizes I want.