are deer problems prevented with hydroponics?
Hello, I'm thinking about switching over to hydroponics from the traditional way of gardening. I've had problems with deer very bad, and they are very populated out here. I read online and in this forum that scents only help temporarily. With limited money, I decided I would build a fence out of the bamboo that was growing in the back and wrap it with bird netting especially since the bamboo was tall and deer can jump up to 8 ft. Well, as I worked hard for many days getting that fence up, bamboo shoved in the ground every 4 ft with a post whole digger covering a 20 ft by 20 ft area, I was about to put some plastic green netting around the bamboo. As I was just about finished with preparing the bamboo and getting it in the ground solid sticking upright, my family who I live with said it looked trashy and cut it all down for me to only find out later. Since then those plants have been snacked on by the deer also. I lost 30 or more peppered plants to deer before starting the fence. Now I am putting Ivory soap bars that I cut in halves on about 1.5 ft. off the ground knowing that will only work temporarily, but with nothing else left to do :( I also thought if I built a platform high enough off the ground, I could put my peppered plants that are in pots on it to keep the deer from eating them, just a thought, but not all my plants are in pots. Any suggestions for this problem?
What I really want to know is if people who do hydroponics have the same deer problem. I thought that since the plants may be growing in large pvc tubing or something suspended in the air, that this may prevent the deer from getting to the plants. How has all of your experiences been with deer and hydroponics? You probably don't have a deer problem, but here is a rare place where we are very overpopulated by deer.