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Old 08-15-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default Deer and hops question

As some folks have seen, I have loads of deer around my place. They cleaned up 9 pounds of spent grain in no time (the rocks were licked clean overnight).

Anyway, we have to be very careful about planting any kind of vegatation as these critters will devour most everything if they can reach it.

So, do deer eat hops or will they leave them alone? I'm just wondering if I have to fence in my hops trellis. Thanks.

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Old 08-15-2006, 09:54 PM   #2
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Now THERE'S an awesome use for spent grains! I'll use 'em to bait my deer stand!! How come I never thought of that???

BTW, I dunno 'bout the hops, can't help you there.......

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Old 08-15-2006, 10:07 PM   #3
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All I can say is that I used to know some "people" that would plant marijuana out in the woods. Their biggest fears, besides being busted for illegal activity, were the fact that rabbits and deer particularly liked to eat the plants. It would attract them from miles around.

Hops (Humulus) are from the same family (Cannabaceae) as Marijuana (Cannabis), so it could be possible that the deer would seek them out as well.

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I have had many problems with my hops, but deer are not one of them. The deer eat my fruit tree's leaves & the fruit, blackberries, grass, blueberry bushes and the currants, but so far, they have left the hops alone.

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I say let them eat them. That way you can collect the pellets later at your leisure instead of fussing about them.

What? People use hop pellets, don't they? :P

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I have had many problems with my hops, but deer are not one of them. The deer eat my fruit tree's leaves & the fruit, blackberries, grass, blueberry bushes and the currants, but so far, they have left the hops alone.
Deer in diffrent ares eat diffrent things. The deer in Ed's hood may very well eat hops because they are the only plants around that aren't dead and dry.
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Do you have a dog that lives outside? If so i doubt the deer will be a problem. If not, wait till the fall, sit on the porch, relax and have a home brew while looking down the barrel with a deer in the peep site and............................................... ........................no more hop eater!

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Thanks for all the replies. I think I'll put up some fencing around the trellis when I plant the rizomes next spring.

I found this idea for a Hop Trellis and I'm going to build it. It looks pretty easy to build and it makes it easy for harvesting.

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my suggestion: many gardening stores sell peletized fox urine. spread this stuff around the base of your garden and you won't have any problems. it stays around for a whole season if you spread it moderately thick.

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Where I live, the deer eat EVERYTHING. My sunflowers, all plants, blackberry bushes, etc. The only thing that works is a fence, at least 8 feet high. I'd love to plant some hops just to see if they'll grow, but it would be a major undertaking to do the hop trellis and then a effective deer fence that doesn't look like we live in a war zone. I'd love to see the pictures of everyone else's, while I dream of it.

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