I've made it pretty clear that I despise deer and only approve of them in the form of venison. That being said, I'm very happy that my Mother's weird cruelty-free fence experiment appears to have worked.

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Resembling a combat trench from World War One, this collection of iron stakes, aluminum poles, plastic chairs, brightly colored buckets and various trellises, has kept the deer from destroying this year's crop of cucumbers.

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I think that the chicken wire has helped more than anything but there is a theory that a jarring, unpredictable pattern of objects will intimidate deer and keep them away.

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By comparison, take a look at what's left of this cherry tomato plant. Normally you wouldn't be able to see the iron stake at this time of the season. A five foot plant with hundreds of glorious green and red tomatoes on the vine.

Almost completely destroyed by deer!!!

Next year, it'll be fortified by half a junkyard and hopefully the results will be as successful as the 2018 cucumber campaign.