Seeking suggestions on how to setup a garden in a forested area with tree roots, rock and deer all over the place. Using lumbered raised beds would look too tacky and unnatural.
I'm assuming by "garden" you mean veggie garden. If you're going to be in a forested area, are the plants even going to be able to receive enough light? Almost every fruit and veggie normally grown requires 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day. If you're in dappled shade because of trees, you will not get much growth. If you're in a clearing where you have sun, then roots should not be a problem either. About the only sure fire way to keep deer out will be a fence, and 8' is the minimum height. There are other methods of deer deterance, but they are hit and miss. As for rocks, if you're not willing to go with a raised bed, then you'll just ave to dig them out as you find them.