Stupid, stupid deer.
They found the garden a few weeks ago. It was in the perfect place, too - in the small space between the carport and the fence. I'm convinced they found it because we were out of town for a night and they saw it through the carport.
Luckily, the damage was minimal. They ate one squash plant . . .
. . .and nibbled a few branches off of the tomato plants. However, we knew that now that they had discovered it, it was only a matter of time before it was leveled.
Temporary fencing (aka screens from the windows on our sun porch) was erected, and we had enough to enclose everything except for the squash plants. The exposed foliage was drenched in our home made habanero juice.
Apparently, this made them angry. Despite our habanero juice they ate the exposed squash. Then they headed for the non-vegetable plants, eating most of our hostas. They also ate multiple Asiatic lilies, black eyed Susans, and our sedum in retaliation.
I went out and bought some garden fencing. It doesn't look too terrible, and it's kept them out for now.
In fact, as you can see the tomato plants are doing excellent, they have grown so tall that now I think the deer will eat the tops of the plants off. Sigh.
Our inexpensive, easy to assemble raised garden has turned out to cost us close to $150. Those veggies better taste good.
Since our habanero spray doesn't seem to be working any more, we have decided to go with Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellant, recommended by my brother. He has been using it successfully on his vineyard for several years now.
I bought it at the local Tractor Supply, and the cashier warned me to mix it up outside and to NOT spill it. Apparently last year a bottle was dropped in their store and it took 3 weeks for them to get rid of the smell. The top 2 ingredients are putrescent egg solids and garlic. We haven't opened the bottle yet, but wow.