Greeting from Northern Michigan

Alasgun

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Welcome from Alaska, we are zone 3 and the Carmine jewell’s do really well up here, this tree will go into it’s 4th season in the spring.
 

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Northern Gnome

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when you clear a spot in the woods for gardening you are creating habitat for deer and other grazing critters. fences will likely be a good investment for some areas, not cheap, but worth it over the longer haul.

one thing we don't have to contend with down here are moose. up there... dunno... in all my years up there i never saw one but wished to.
My garden will be 50x50 and surrounded by welded wire about 5-6 ft. I plan to run a hot wire at the top for moose. For the orchard I will have a solar electric fence set up to keep the moose out. They rarely come within 200 ft of the house. My garden is 201 ft away 😜
 

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Same here. All gardens must be fenced. The deer run around suburbia and snack in everyone's yard! They know no one will shoot them here!
Here too; the whole center of my suburban block is wooded, with deer trails running through everyone's lots. I have to use 6' fence to keep the deer (and other critters) out of the vegetable garden, or I wouldn't get much. They could jump over it; but won't do so unless they see a clear space to land. If you have tall trellises, tents, or cages several feet away from the fence, they won't jump in.

And Welcome, from South of you in east-central Wisconsin! :frow
 

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6 feet is the minimum height i've found will keep the deer out. obstacles outside the fence to make it harder for them to have an easy launching point will also help.

if you use the right kind of fence you can also discourage rabbits and groundhogs (which along with the deer do most of the damage to gardens here).

squirrels, raccoons, possums, and chipmunks are all able to climb or get through very small gaps so i tend to not try to control those as it takes a lot of work (and ultimately wasted effort) other than i do try to trap or hunt the worst of the chipmunks that come after my strawberries or i won't have much of a crop. they are territorial enough that it can make enough of a difference long enough, but also a lot of the time i just hope the semi-feral kitties are getting them when they wander through.
 
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