Planning a Garden

One of the things we have to take into account when it comes to planting is the deer. We don’t see them often but they wander through from time to time. We don’t hunt on our property and I think the deer have figured that out over the years. So far they haven’t bothered anything but I haven’t had any nice flower beds in ages.

I did spend a bit of time online researching deer resistant plants and found this site: Brecks. I made a list of plants that interested me so that Brad and I can sit down and decide what we want to include. I don’t want to plan too much to begin with since we can always add to the garden later on.

In no particular order I came up with the following list. We had cut back most of our yucca plants to let them grow out again. We’ve had problems with tiny black beetles on the leaves and now that they are cut back and the new shoots popping up we can keep them sprayed for bugs. We have actually seen bites taken out of the edges of some yucca leaves over the years where the deer were munching on them but it’s been a long time since I noticed that happening.

Hollyhock
Wisteria
Dalia
Gladiolus
Grape Hyacinth
Bearded Iris
Sage
Lavender
Yarrow
Elephant Ears
Coneflower
Asters
Foxglove

I would like raised beds to make it easier to weed and care for the garden and it would be nice to have one bed for herbs and another couple for vegetables. I’m not sure what we’ll do to keep the deer away from the veg but I think the more aromatic herbs and the ornamental plants may help deter any deer from munching on what we want to raise for the table.

This is something like what we have in mind for the area where the pine trees were taken out.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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