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4 legged pest
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Terry-N-Mo    Posted 06-28-2002 at 21:29:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Other than building a fence is there any other way to keep deer from destroying a garden? I had some nice looking plants until a couple of nights ago.I tried using sevin dust but that didn`t phase them at all.I sure hope they at least get a belly ache out of it.

Farmwench    Posted 01-23-2003 at 08:41:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know if you found a workable solution to your deer problem last summer, but here's a simple, free deterrent you can try this year. Human urine-you can collect it in a cup, jar, pan or bucket and save it to mark your garden/property boundaries. A spray bottle to apply it will allow you to stretch your supply and keep it stored discreetly. The deer can smell even a few drops, but you won't be able to detect that amount. Re-apply every few days, after heavy dew, and after rain. If just marking the fence posts, shrubbery, etc. around the garden perimeter isn't enough, you can put a little on their favoite plants as well- on the leaves of corn, beans, etc. Wash the fruit/veggies well if you apply directly to those.
Beagles are one of the best deer and raccoon repellants; they love their work, but you've got to have a fence to keep them home. They are hunting dogs, and they ROAM! But great fun to have around.
Did the deer ever let you harvest anything from your garden?

Bobby Robinson    Posted 11-17-2002 at 06:22:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try mixing lemon scented dish washing detergent in a liquid sprayer. 1/2 cup per gallon of water- added after water is added to sprayer otherwise suds will fill container. I've found that it works good for deer and insects. It must be the soap taste and lemon smell. It has to be reapplied after a rain. Works well for me without harsh chemicals.

TB    Posted 06-30-2002 at 09:44:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I forgot in my other reply my father used to raise some potatoes. He use to use dried blood, but this also attracted other pest.

TB    Posted 06-29-2002 at 13:13:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is a recipe for fertilizer/animal repellent my garden seems to love. Take a steel wool pad put in a five gal bucket with some water let rust for about a week. Brew a pot of coffee and pour the coffee in. Add about 7 or 8 capfuls of ammonia. Fill bucket up with water mix and sprinkle on plants about twice a week. Seems to work for rodents & deer it may help you.

Another remedy for deer is to take 1 gal of water mix in 3 eggs, mix well and spray or sprinkle on plants about once a week and after any rain showers you might have. Deer donít like eggs.

City Dude    Posted 06-29-2002 at 17:26:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I tryed the egg-water spritz on some new hazel
seedlings, the deer didn't browze, raccoons
dug them up looking for eggs, I guess!

Bob /Ont.    Posted 06-29-2002 at 09:32:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You could have BIGGER pests, check out Kraig's post above:<).
Later Bob

Julee    Posted 06-29-2002 at 05:37:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am not sure if this is true or not, but a neighbor of mine had told me if I ever have a problem with deer in our garden, the perfect solution is to keep your hair when you get a haircut and then sprinkle that hair all over your garden----he swears by this!! Says you will never have a problem with deer in your garden again. (Let me know if this works if you try it!!)

scooterhead    Posted 06-29-2002 at 03:30:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like bur said , dogs is it . I`ve heard hot pepper spray but the deer eat our halapinos so I would`nt bet on the stuff !!!

PCC-AL    Posted 06-29-2002 at 01:48:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Terry,
I had the same problem last year. The deer are just about everything I planted. I discussed fencing and other solutions on this board, but finally got a couple of beagles last October. They keep the deer at a distance and I have a nice garden this year.
A neighbor told me that he leaves his shirt on a post by his garden after work and the smell keeps the deer away. I don't think this would work for me as the deer are too tame. Good luck.

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