Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

New! Sunset Hills Garden

We’ve acquired another garden! A friend of ours saw a post on Craigslist advertising free garden space in a backyard in Sunset Hills, Missouri. We contacted the poster, who owns a house with a large yard that he didn’t want to have to mow anymore. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.

We weren’t the first to reply, so we’re sharing the space with another gardener, who has a small tractor with a tiller. He claimed about 1,000 square feet of prime full-sun space. We’re reclaiming what used to be a vegetable garden, and expanding it. The other gardener was nice enough to till our area, about 55o square feet, in trade for some tomato and pepper plants.

We’re hoping to plant about 50 tomato plants and 10 pepper plants. We’re in the process of building trellises for every row, as well as a deer fence around the perimeter.

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Anyone have any deer deterrent secrets? Let us know!

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2 responses to “New! Sunset Hills Garden

  1. Josh April 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Mom had some luck using hair clippings on the edge of the beds. The theory was that the human smell would keep deer away. Don’t know if it kept working year after year though.

    -Josh

    • Becca April 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Yeah, I vaguely remember that. Rosco is in need of a summer trim, maybe we’ll use the clippings around the garden. Don’t know if it’d work with these deer, all the neighbors have warned us that they’re quite brazen…

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