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Old 03-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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Default Are hops deer resistant?

We are infested with deer in this area and they destroy any plants which interest them. I am planning a hop garden and was wondering how well I need to protect it from deer?

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Old 03-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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I to have deer that destroy anything that look half way edible. I don't know how much area you need to protect, but in the passed I have found a cheap low tech way of deer proofing an area. Deer are afraid of thing they can feel, but not see. So I used 5 pound fishing line, some 4-5ft tall half way sturdy trees from the wood next to my house, and a small 6-8in piece of 2in pvc pipe.

Tied the fishing line to the poles around the desired area, about 1 foot apart So 4-5 lines per side. Drive the pvc into the ground were you want the door, remove it with dirt in the middle knock the dirt out and drive it into the ground again, this is so you can remove on pole to get in and out easily.

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Old 03-03-2013, 10:31 PM   #3
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We have a resident herd of around 16 head that cycles through the property every 4 days or so. They'll totally clean out things that really attract them, but I've had 15 plants that they've yet to show any interest in over two years now. Might be too many other things to keep them occupied, I don't know...

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No. Hops are too woody/raspy for them too like. They'll nibble on the first shoots, but usually find better things to eat.
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I think you're good to go. If you haven't done this after harvest yet, snap a bine and squeeze out the liquid. Then put it on your tongue....instant cotton mouth No wonder I have to keep drinking after having an IPA.

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