Monday, June 25, 2012

Fencing & Growth of our Raised Gardens

Scripture to Live By:
1 Peter 2:2
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”

2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

Colossians 1:10
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Philippians 1:6
“Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (ASV)

God expects growth in His children just as we expect growth in our garden.  God tells us how we can grow in our spiritual lives.  He says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

We grow as we study God's Word and put it into practice daily.  No one enjoys stunted growth, whether it is in plants or in our lives spiritually.  There are remendies for both.  See what we did with our garden when the critters were stunting its growth. 



Gardening Post:
Some have asked if I was going to update them on my raised garden beds. Well, yes I am, and it is quite a story. When we showed you our raised garden we had just planted them.


 

See how we build them here.


 
A couple of days later, my husband was ready to show the neighbor our raised gardens.
Before he showed them he decided to take a look at them.  What he saw was disheartening.   Five of our tomato plants had the tops removed.  My husband said that the deer had eaten them. 



Some one told us, if we would plant some Marigolds around the garden, that they would keep the deer away because the deer didn't like the smell of them.  Someone else told him to put fish line around the garden.  They said the deer would not be able to see it but when they touch it  it would startle them and they would stay away from it.   Let me just say, the marigolds did not work for us, because the deer just reached over  them to eat the tomato plant.



We decided to buy fencing  and put it around it.  We bought 6 - 8ft,  2x4 inch boards for each bed and sawed them off to 6 feet.  We bought a roll of fencing to go around the beds.




We put a 2 x 4 x 6 foot board at each corner of the two beds and one in the middle of each outside bed. 





After we got all the posts set, we began stretching and stapling the fencing to the post and the beds.





After the fencing was stretched and stapled all the way around the beds, we cut the fencing and left a space to put a door, to get into the beds yet keeping all the critters out of them. 




The door is 2 feet wide by five feet high, the height of the fencing.

The fencing was rolled out on the ground and cut to the size of the door.   Then the fencing was attached to the door frame.   A couple of board, that were 24 inches long, were added to stabilize the door .







After it was made, we attached it to the bed with  door hinges.






We also put two screen door latches on it to make sure it stays closed. 

Since putting the fence around it we have not had any problem with critters eating our plants.

The plants are growing well, as you can see in the picture below. 




We even have tomatoes and peppers coming on and the squash and beans are blooming.




    We are so glad that we made these raised beds.  We have planted and watered and are seeing the growth.   We are looking forward to reaping the harvest. 


Before




After






This is where we are today.  Hope you tried building your own raised gardens and are looking forward to you own harvest.   We go out daily to see how our garden is growing.  Not only do we want to take care of our garden so it continues to grow by our watering and fertilizing it, but we desire to take care of our spiritual growth by studying and applying God's Word to our daily lives.

Blessings,




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33 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this! We are having issues with deer as well with our little raised bed garden. I think we may give this same solution a try:)
    popping over from Better Mom Mondays
    ~Heather @ourcultivatedlife

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    1. You are so welcome. It has certainly helped ours. It is growing great and no critters and there are a lot of critters at our house. Deer, grounhogs, rabbits and etc. Hope you will try the fencing and you will be done with those problems. We made ours high so the deer would not jump it. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  2. Great idea and well executed. My parents always had deer in their garden too. I know that hair clippings (mom buzzed dads hair) also keep the deer away.

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    1. The hair clippings we have not tried yet, but thankful for another option if the fencing doesn't work. Hoping this works. It seems to be. Thank you for taking the time to view my post. Blessings to yoy, Jo-Ann

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  3. It's fence time at my house too. I put in a big bed of raspberries and the deer ate the plants to the ground. They also ate a new apple tree all the way back to the main stock. I used to think they were cute but now, it's war.

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    1. So sorry to hear about the deer eating your raspberries, they have not eaten ours "yet". I hope the do not. We are away right now so I don't know if I will have any by the time we get home or not. Thank you for letting me know they like rasberries as well.
      Thank you for taking the time to view my post. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, and thank you for taking the time to view my post.
      Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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  5. Thanks so much for posting such wonderful and detailed pictures - I'm a visual person! And we have critter problems too, we have just been too busy and side tracked to do the garden thing this year, Love yours!
    JoAnn
    sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, and thank you for taking the time to view my post. Hope you wil try it next year. Life can get so busy as I well know. But we e are enjoying watching it grow and are looking forward to the harvest. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  6. I love your raised beds, your fence looks great come fall I guess you will know about the Deer. Happy Gardening. I am a first time visitor from Southern Lady. Drop by for a visit. Kathy

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, and thank you for taking the time to view my post. I guess by fall we will know if the deer decided to jump the fence or not. We are enjoying watching it grow and are looking forward to the harvest. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  7. Thank-you for sharing....a goal for next year...for out in the yard in Oregon....Excellent!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, and thank you for taking the time to view my post. Hope you wil try it. We are enjoying watching it grow and are looking forward to the harvest. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you like it. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  9. What a great looking garden space--love your scriptures! Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. So glad you loved the scriptures they are so precious to me. Thank you for hosting your party each week. What a blessing, Jo-Ann

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  10. I love the cage .. I've already requested one from my hubs!! Thanks ..

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  11. Thank you so much doe viewing my blog post and for your comment. Hope your hubby will make you one. Blessings., Jo-Ann

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  12. Clearly this is what I need. Rabbits and deer are in abundance where I live; therefore, I've resulted to container gardening until I can build something like what you have.

    BTW, found your blog through the Skip to My Lou Link Party. :-)

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  13. Libby, I hope you get to try it in the future. It has really helped to keep them out. Do you keep your containers on your patio?
    Thank you do much for viewing my blog. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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  14. i used to like deer (ahhh look bambi) now - we encourage the pup to bark them away - nice job with your fencing....on our to do list! xo

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  15. I am inviting you to my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/06/show-your-stuff-30-redid-no-fail.html

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  16. Your gardens are looking wonderful and hopefully the fencing solves the deer problem. I love to see the deers, but they can wreak havoc with our plantings.

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  17. Wow that looks amazing! I have a trio of squirrels who keep burring their nuts in my garden. This looks like something to put on my wish list! Thanks for sharing the scriptures!

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  18. These are brilliant! I love your garden. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up next. Have a great week.

    Michelle

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  19. I love how you protected your raised beds. Your garden is beautiful!

    I would love it if you would share this at my new Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    http://theprudentpantryblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/prudent-projects-smart-solutions-linky_13.html

    Have a great day!

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  20. A more substantial fence is on our list for the garden next summer. Between the critters and the heat, this summer is turning out to be a bust. I would love it if you would share this on my linky party - Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/07/tout-it-tuesday-15.html

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  21. We also put a fence around our garden last summer to keep out the deer. However, we found that turtles easily go through 4x4 fencing and they dearly love any type of melon and cucumbers! This year I think we'll try chicken wire so that WE can eat out produce.

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