Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Solar Critter Control


Sign made by Mom out at the Apiary.

When we started gardening a few years ago we knew from the start we were going to have to do something to keep the critters out.  My dad mentioned trying this solar powered electric fence.  They come in different sizes.  We chose one that will carry three miles of fence, but they can carry up to ten miles.  It charges on sunny days so when you flip the fence on...

...tick...tick...tick...

..away she goes!  We run a line about waist high and another a few inches off of the ground.  There is a run around the garden, the apiary (after the bear) and now the orchard.  It's worked  really well over the past two years.  We did have issues with a ground hog eating off the sweet potatoes TWICE last year, but it keeps the deer out.  

Last week a deer got tangled up in the lower run around the orchard.  It took off with the fence handle too.  Dad got to wondering if maybe the battery was getting a bit low, so he borrowed a electric charge meter from The Farmer.


We went out last evening to check the fence.  No charge on the meter, but the fence was clicking away.  We went to the farthest point away from the fence box down in the orchard.  No charge on the meter.  

Well, at this point I wanted to know if the thing was working so I grabbed the fence... with my shoes on. You know where this is going.   Hmmm ..Little bit of a zing.  

Dad goes... "Take your shoes off."

P O W!

I am happy to report the fence is working fine.  Also, solar powered electric fences to power quite a shock.   If you are interested, we purchased our unit at our local Agway.

Not recommended for small children or those with pacemakers.

Little peak at the garden a month in - Potatoes in foreground, Tomatoes middle, Corn in far row.  Happy gardening!

9 comments:

Michelle said...

I hope it's not inappropriate...but I am cracking up right now! That's something MY dad would do...

Your garden looks beautiful and lush...I'm a teensy bit envious... :)

dmoms said...

growing up on a farm with electric fence -I can relate! so cool that your fence is solar. now, keep your shoes on : )

Maggie said...

Yeah, I ran into my dad's electric fence- barefoot, in the rain. It blew me on my butt. I do not recommend it. (Nothing like a little "Holy Shit, what was that?!" to wake you up in the morning...)

Heather said...

Beegirl- Your garden rocks! I hope you will show more in depth pics of it when you can!

Stephanie said...

Wow solar generated fence... cool! Btw, the signage not small?

Karen Mowrey said...

First of all I never heard of this and great idea! Second of all...and only because you wrote it and I know you are okay...I ABOUT SPIT MY COFFEE OUT ALL OVER THE COMPUTER WITH YOUR "POW". You may need to take back any father's day presents for a while for your dad telling you to take your shoes off :)

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

Egad! Be careful!

The Hip Homemaker said...

I actually laughed out loud. totally hilarious!

Sandy said...

A solar generated fence, this is so cool!