First of all, let's be completely frank here: Gardening in deer country is a challenge, and modern-day deer are overpopulated because of fewer natural predators and because their natural habitats are shrinking due to development. And when they're hungry, they'll eat almost anything, including the contents of your vegetable garden.

The best defense is a good garden fence. But because deer are good leapers, it needs to be quite tall — 8 feet or so. A lower fence may work if you set it at a 45-degree angle or even lay it on the ground on the theory that deer don't like to get their hooves snagged. For extra insurance or if the deer are really hungry and persistent, you need an electric fence (hardware, home, and farm-supply stores sell this) or a double fence — two 10-foot fences, 6 feet apart.

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