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    Back a couple of months ago I planted Silver Queen Corn in my garden. Its beautiful and slow growing. But now it is taller than me and getting corn on it. Deacon is killing it. I have no idea why. Well yes, I do, its fun and tall and fun fun fun to play in. The garden has been there for months now, he never touches anything in there. Now that the corn in producing he is steamrolling it. It was taking me a while to figure out which dog it was, I thought it was him cause the ripped off stalks were in his and Gunnys favorite spot to put things. But this morning he was so busted.

    I saw him in there with my beautiful corn plant in his mouth and I hollered "Deacon, get out of there" He came padding up to me and I told him to get his fanny in the house. He knew he is not supposed to be in the garden. He went in the house and knew I was unhappy with him. I fixed his breakfast and he was laying on the sofa. I walked over to him and patted him on the head and told him to go eat. So he did.

    Here I am paying all this money for a corn free kibble and he is eating my corn plants. Well hes not eating the plants or the corn. He is just breaking them off and dragging them across the yard. Or he is just steamrolling them and breaking them off at the ground. Every day I am loosing more corn. I planted 72 plants and now I only have about 30 left. I love silver queen corn. I was so proud of my plants. This is the same thing he is doing with my cow skull that I had in my flower bed. But since I have a ton of skulls, that is no big deal. He can have the skull.

    I know the most logical thing to do is to fence it off, but I am not sure if it is worth it now. He hasnt touched the rattlesnake beans, or the crook neck squash or the zucchini or the okrey or watermelon or pumpkins. But it is open season on my corn. But the problem is, I dont have a tiller. I have to use the John Deere Tractor with the big AP plow or the even bigger disk harrow. I planted a small garden with alot of plants. I was trying that out and it has been very successful. I am going to have to build a tempory fence I do believe. Something I can move out of the way when we have to keep it tilled this fall. I think tonight I am going to move my round pen panels into the yard to see if that deters him some.

    Ok, thanks to listening to me whine. Because that is what I have totally done. I know the answer to my problem. Mabye I just needed a listening ear. Next year, my garden will be Fort Knox.

    I guess it is true. Deacon is a corndog. And you know, this is the first thing I can complain about him. So I guess I really shouldnt complain.
    --Vickie--
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    Deacon - Harl born 2-10-09
    Noodle - Black born 7-4-09

  • #2
    I'm sorry that this is happening - I can imagine that it would be extremely frustrating. I have to say that I am impressed by your description of your garden! I do not have a green thumb gene in me, so good for you!
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    • #3
      Yum! My mouth was watering reading about your garden. I'm too lazy (ahem, busy) to plant my own garden, but I love summer and reaping the rewards of my neighbors' gardens! We have a lot of deer here and most of my neighbors use a light mesh type fence that is not very pricey and pretty easy to install. That may save your remaining corn.
      I too have a corn dog. Got 20 ears from a neighbor, and I tossed the wormy ones in the woods. Let the dogs out the next morning and in less than 5 minutes they (Bates and Breez - the kids, older ones know dogs are carnivores), had found and brought all the wormy ears on to the front porch. They were so proud of their discovery! In fact Breez spent the first half of her morning walk with a wormy ear of corn in her mouth - so embarassing.... What is it with dane babies and having to have something to carry?!
      Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened.
      - Anatole France

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      • #4
        HD and Walmart sell thin wire fence borders. You might want to put a border around your garden, my dogs have always respected the border as off limits, even though they could easily step over them!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Diamond T Farm View Post

          Here I am paying all this money for a corn free kibble and he is eating my corn plants.

          Mabye I just needed a listening ear. Next year, my garden will be Fort Knox.
          You need a listening ear...of corn? Bad pun, bad pun!

          I'm sorry you're going through this, but teehee, your post made me giggle.

          I think fencing it off is the smart way to go - maybe that inexpensive option that ouesi mentioned will help. Good luck!
          Katie & Scarlett
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          • #6
            I am coming for dinner.
            Soon.
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            • #7
              It is the corn and the fun of it. We are surrounded my a huge corn field, hundreds of acres and now it is 7 ft tall. The dogs run through it everyday, and I have to stand on the edge of the field and holler for them because I don't want them to get lost in the field. Sometimes I have to go on my deck and look above the corn to see where it is moving to get a sense of where they are. They can't tear that corn down though because the stalk is too thick now, but when it was smaller they would come home with leaves in their mouths. Well see though, there are no ears on it yet, so I am sure we will find ears all over and their grain free diet will also be ruined! LOL
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              • #8
                LOL, yall come on and eat. There wont be much corn though.

                Really, some of it looks like he is steam rolling it. Just wallerin in it.

                That is a good idea, I can get some cheaper fence mabye even the orange fencing and put that around the garden with wooden stakes. He does respect fence except for the short fence I have around my flower beds. Actually one bed I have lined with Rocks and he doesnt go in that one, but the one where I have my angel trumpet vine with the short metal fence, he steps right over into that one. But I have driftwood that I have collected in there and he loves to drag it out.

                Tonight hubby said when he gets home from jury duty, he is going to bring the round pen panels in. We will try that since I already have it. I really want it to be a temp fence.
                --Vickie--
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                Noodle - Black born 7-4-09

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                • #9
                  so now Deacon's a pesky garden pest!
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                  • #10
                    This thread is just cracking me up - between envisioning Deacon "wallering" in the corn and stealing skulls and driftwood out of the garden I've almost spit my drink out twice!
                    Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened.
                    - Anatole France

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                    • #11
                      We have tons of neighborhood cats that loved to use our veggie garden as a box (where is a puking face when you need it) We build fort knox around the garden. We used chicken wire and electrical pipe (hubby is an electrician, it is an abundance around my house) pounded the pipe into the ground and up and over it because the cats were just hopping the fence.

                      If it is just Deacon and not kitties that are getting into your garden, I would just put in some steaks and wrap some chicken wire around them, it would be very easy to move come tilling time. Our solution to getting in and out was to just leave it open at one side and have hooks to attach the wire to so that we could get in and out with ease but still not have to worry about a gate.
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                      • #12
                        No, we dont have any cats. Its Deacon, I busted him.

                        I am going to put up a temp fence. If the panels dont work than this weekend, I will get the other stuff. But hubby is leaving to go on a scuba diving trip down to PC. (We think, cant get all the details on that figured out). So it may be me and my daughter doing it.

                        Last year we did a garden in the pasture, the deer ate it. We got nothing. This year we did it inside the fenced yard. Never thought the dogs would eat it.

                        It is funny and I can smile about it, I do like my dog better than corn. I just prefer that he left the corn alone.
                        --Vickie--
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                        Deacon - Harl born 2-10-09
                        Noodle - Black born 7-4-09

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                        • #13
                          Maybe you could post a picture of Faust in his bunny ears and tell him he's next.

                          That should do the trick :-).

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                          • #14
                            You should! You saw how sad faced it made Faust. I of course have shown everyone I know that picture. I am such a horrible mother, but I vaguely remember my mother doing the same things to me
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                            • #15
                              Oh if only I had some bunny ears. You know Faust. I havent seen you mention anything about kids. Just why did you have bunny ears? Just kidding.

                              I may have to check out the goodwill. See if I can find anything interesting for my payback.
                              --Vickie--
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                              Deacon - Harl born 2-10-09
                              Noodle - Black born 7-4-09

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