So today I got the OK call on a rental house for me and my roommate to move into. It doesn't have everything we wanted (no garage, kind of small for a three bedroom) but it's better than this tiny apartment and our loud, nosy neighbors. The landlords are super nice and said I could do the unfinshed yards on the side and front of the house however I like, as well as put in water features or beds anywhere (within reason.)
I haven't lived in a house since I was five and I've only raised my outdoor CPs on the porch of this third-story apartment. Even three stories up, I manage to get visiting birds and squirrels, so naturally I'm a little apprehensive about leaving all of my plants in the yard... especially since the property is situated next to a park where birds, squirrels and deer abound. Basically, I'm wondering what kind of methods people use to keep animals out of their collections. I plan to use bird netting, and perhaps build a fence. I'm tempted to build a deer scare as well, as I understand that deer find Darlingtonia to be irresistable. Are there any plants I could grow to discourage visitors to my garden?
Worst comes to worst, I'll build a big arched greenhouse frame to put over my entire collection and just cover it with netting. But I really like the idea of putting in a bog/pond and making things look nice. I'd probably just do sunken containers, so I could pull everything up when I move, but having stuff in the ground would look nicer and make it less tempting for the neighbor kids to steal. I'd rather not have everything on one of my crummy looking workbenches like they are now, as my collection will be in the middle of the front yard for the whole street to see. The next time I go for a visit I'll maybe take some pics and measurements so I have a better idea of what I'm dealing with.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!