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176. DeerBusters | Importance of Deer Fencing in Gardens | Kailyn Bingaman
28th May 2017 • GREEN Organic Garden Podcast • Jackie Marie Beyer
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DeerBusters

Hi Kailyn!

So are you on the East Coast? Where are you at? 

I’m in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania!

Have you done a podcast before? 

I have done a lot of interviews but not podcasts?

Podcasting is amazing! I have an amazing audience I call them Green Future Growers cause they’re growing up a greener future!   I’m lucky cause I get to be the humble host and as a bonus I get to hear them first!” And sorry listeners I did this interview in January but it is just impossible for me to do anything extra during the school year!

Visit Deerbusters.com to learn about the importance of deer fencing in gardens to protect crops/flowerbeds, and the danger of Lyme Disease spread by deer. 

According to the National Center for Biological Information, a division of the National Institute of Health, the use of deer fencing has been proven to reduce the risk of Lyme disease by 83-97%. Without deer entering the area surrounding your home, new deer ticks become limited and eventually, existing deer ticks become scarce.

Deerbusters.com serves homeowners, gardeners and farmers alike with the highest quality deer fencing materials for lawns and gardens. Their mission is to deer-proof gardens; and that’s just what they do. Choosing a deer fence from Deerbusters means that homeowners will receive an easy to install deer fence kit with top-of-the-line fence parts. No professional installation required to build our deer fences.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m native to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, which is where Deerbusters is located. I was born in Waynesboro… basically where I was raised. A few years ago, I joined the Deerbusters team.

I love being outdoors, gardening and hiking.

There are deer all over the place. Some of the problems we have.

I’ve never been there. It’s on my bucket list… southern states as far as lower VA. I haven’t been out west. I haven’t been out that way but I would love to come out sometime and see it. Definitely on my bucket list.

Another thing that I talk about with my listeners the Green Future Growers is I love Millennial, you sound like a millennial.  Are you a millennial?

Yes.

I live by Glacier National Park. There’s a great group on Facebook called the Glacier Gals that I found. It’s hard to get in sometimes, she only takes like 15 people but it’s great if you get to go!

TulipBed

Tell me about your first gardening experience?

My very first gardening experience I have to give a shout out to my pap! He is a huge gardener.

Every year he plants:

  • tomatoes to beans
  • apple trees
  • everything you can think of he has

He basically taught me everything, he taught me the small things, believe it or not it’s kind of important to try.

Water Jug Auto Watering

  • he uses old watering jugs
  • basically uses a needle size hole
  • puts a couple holes of the jug and 

sets it at the bases of his tomato plants works really well to 

  • keeps them hydrated he learned that on his own from knowing over time 
  • if it gets too hot and they get dry they would get  different spots
  • love that he has for gardening grew on me

ever since I was little that’s what I basically started learning how to do.

How did you learn how to garden organically? Did you learn from him?

Basically yeah! I have to give him all the credit, my dad also gardens. We also have a small garden here at our house.

Basically we have some deer, that run around, behind our house we have a field and some woods. We did have to put a fence up around our garden as well.

When it comes to gardening organically, I’m not 100% not a professional, but I’ve definitely learned a lot from my pap!

Maybe he’d do an interview with me some day!

DeerEatingPetunias

Tell us about something that grew well this year.

Absolutely between me and my neighbor we both have pretty decent size gardens. This year I tried growing a different kind of cherry tomatoes. Half of it is a more purple color then a red. I’m not sure what it was called maybe a cherry drop or something it was called

good and rich in flavor

first time I ever planted those kind

turned out really we’ll.

We also had a lot of luck with zucchinis this year

cucumbers

anything we normally try

Unfortunately, I’m trying to get my pumpkin patch, working on

The pumpkin patch

tried to grow one of the bigger varieties.

Pumpkins are tough..

I think the sun got a hold of it too much it wilted. 

My neighbor does grapes. It’s pretty cool see how that works…

I just starting to get into where people are starting to garden so my goal is to make a better  garden each year. I’m gonna aim for it. Plant as much stuff as I can and see what happens.

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Is there something you would do different next year or want to try/new?

I’m gonna plant some fruits. I’m gonna plant some:

  • strawberries
  • grapevine like my neighbor
  • raspberries
  • apples

I want to get more into fruit. We planted some apple trees. Lots of different things hopefully will work out.

I always say if I was gonna start small I would start with 2 beds and a raspberry patch. I just love the raspberry patch so I think you will like that a lot. Mike planted 14 fruit trees a few years back and I am so impressed every year how much fruit we get!

Tell me about something that didn’t work so well this season.

Of course, everyone who plants a garden knows everything doesn’t always work. Normally something that does not too well. Obviously my pumpkin patch, this year. 

My peppers I believe did not work at all… I’m not sure what went wrong with that, none of them seemed to work…. so we had to say good bye peppers….

I’ve been surprised last year mike grew peppers in two different dirts and I was surprised how big a difference that made. A lot of my guests have talked about the importance of a soil test. They said that Eliot Coleman found he was missing some obscure element and that can make a big improvement on your success rate.

(Mike said one of his things is the problem of getting them to start because he uses a little terrarium to get them going.)

I’ll check it out maybe that was the problem?

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Let’s Get to the Root of Things!

Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden?

Weeding part, we all don’t like weeding! So that has to be one of the worst!

The weeds if you don’t stay on top of them?! They seem to grow everywhere. Im planning on putting down some of the fabric stuff. 

Last year we did not have any of the fabric down so the weeds were overbearing! I spent so much time trying to pull all the weeds out! IDK mind the watering.  Harvesting is good too.

The planting part is probably my favorite to see everything grow…

It’s just the weeding part I’m not that big of a fan of!

I think we all feel that way about weeding especially when a bed gets away from us. I have had a lot of guests talk about their favorite hoe. 

DeerBusters

What is your favorite activity to do in the garden.

Planting, just watching the stuff grow… after planting itself… watching it grow over time it’s just a weird satisfying thing… watching it and  knowing your doing a good job it’s obviously working if it’s growing and of course eating the stuff is one of the best things as well afterwords, then being able to eat what you get!

A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden?

BLT, bacon lettuce tomato sandwich!

In the summertime after the tomatoes get ripe. That’s like my favorite things. I think I eat a BLT everyday!

What is the best gardening advice you have  ever received?

Don’t give up on it, people tend to plant and they’re all wound up in the beginning and once you get everything in the ground they stop caring for the garden as much.

Care for it from day one

Even in the winter time… still really important make sure it’s important that its taken care of throughout the year. It will definitely benefit you in the end… notice a huge difference…

My big goal is to grow enough sunflowers a year to feed the birds but I’m not anywhere near that.

A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be.

Well, my favorite tool… oh my… this is gonna be weird, but I really like the tiller to till up the soil … just love the thing.. It’s awesome! I just like it. IT’s really big… I just like turing the soil up. if I had to choose one tool it would be the tiller!

A favorite internet resource?

DeerBusters

Besides deerbusters.com for the company I work for. We also have another website.

MasterGardening.com The Roots Of Your Garden Logo

mastergardening.com

We do have a gardening website. It has a lot of tools and tips.

If you have a second to get on there and check it out. I definitely recommend to read the blog.

I’ve been there before, I’ve seen them in Instagram or Twitter, I know I’ve been to this website before. Excellent! 

A favorite reading material-book, mag etc you can recommend?

A lot of different magazines, I forget what it’s called that does come out every year it that you can buy plants that you can actually buy out of the catalog

Have one around here because it has gardening stories, and some contain stories of people with deer problems and different tips. It has a yellow cover. 

Does it have the pictures? Is it the FedCo Catalog

FedCoCatalog

It might be…

Seed catalogs in general is a great resource.

I like looking through it every year. To purchase stuff through that….

DeerBusters Strongest Poly Deer Fence

This would be a good place to talk about DeerBusters

We’ve been around for over 30 years…. started out as a cattle/livestock fencing company

1984… we’ve been around for a while we found out after about 10 years we started to get a lot of requests for deer fencing. The first couple that came thru we were like, there’s deer out there but we didn’t think it was that big of a problem at the time. But we found out that the more housing developments...

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