Deer Eating Garden Green Beans

Deer Eating Garden Green BeansAre deer eating garden green beans?  One morning I went out to my garden and the tops of my green bean plants and rudbeckia triloba were chomped off!  Not so much had been eaten -there were actually a lot of green beans left!  So it wasn’t deer eating garden green beans as much as it was the deer eating the tender new green bean leaves.

All along the row they were gone-probably the most delectable tasty part of the green plant to the deer-the new tender leaves!  Maybe kind of like baby lettuce to us.  I figured it must be deer because a rabbit is not going to stand on its hind legs to eat those green bean leaves at the top of the plant.  It would be too uncomfortable.  They would more likely eat the leaves next to the ground.  I haven’t seen the deer but I have seen their poop near my garden.

Years ago the rabbits ate all my newly sprouted sugar snap pea plants.  That was a shock so I fenced off all my plantings for years.  The last few years we have had no rabbits.  We had a lot of wild cats so I assumed they ate the baby rabbits.  But now the cats are mostly gone and the rabbits are back!  And the deer arrived.  We live on the outer edge of the city, almost suburban like, without much deer habitat.   But the deer are eating our gardens nevertheless.

What To Do About Deer Eating Garden Green Beans

Gardeners all over are struggling with deer eating garden green beans and lots of other plants too.  There are lots of solutions out there.  I would like to share what I am doing to stop the deer from eating the green bean leaves.  I took part of my plastic fence that I have used previously to fence out rabbits.   I put it around my next planting of green beans.  I didn’t have so many garden stakes so part of the fence flopped over actually creating a nice barricade for the plants.

This Actually Worked Out Very Well for the Green Beans

Deer Fencing GardenThis was a serendipitous event because it created a nice barrier quite by accident!  I connected the fence tops, where they had caved, in with clothespins.  One section didn’t cave in, it caved out so it was open.  Can you believe that the deer actually stuck its head in the open space and ate the top tender tasty green bean leaves?  So now I have attached the whole top of the fence together and the green beans are growing nicely.  In the picture on the left you can see the open space and the clothespins starting to close up the rest of the fence.  At the top of the page is a picture where I circled the chomped off ends of the green beans so you can see them.