I am also new to Columbia Cnty and gardening. Several weeks ago I planted 3 "New Dawn" climbers on the side of the house. I purchased the own root seedlings from Heirloom Roses on line. So far they are doing very well. They only get about 5-6 hours of morning sun, so I was worried. But so far so good. My question has to do with deer. I was so worried that I surrounded the roses with deer netting, using bamboo stakes to frame the netting. Four weeks have passed with no deer invasion — and there have been several weeks when no one was at the house. Do you think its just a matter of time? Or is there such a bountiful feast available to the deer in our area that roses would be their last option? I’d like to take the netting down since it ruins the asthetics. I was thinking of doing it soon since the seedlings are now well on their way.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.