What’s the best way to deter deer from fruit trees and garden vegetables? Some people say sprinkle hot peppers. Others say, fence around them or lay the fencing wire on the ground. Also, I would like to know what are companion plants for apple trees. Some book says pond algae are good. How do I know the pond algae do not have disease? There is abundant information, and I am so tired of just reading and researching. Last year, my husband said he used to climb an apple tree and picked the apples off of the tree and ate them while he was reading comic books. I wanted to create one of his good days, and so I bought some apple trees. Right next day I planted them, young leaves and tiny fruits were all gone. This year, I would like to make something better to protect the apple trees.