Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gardening vs. Deer...

Deer...   Gotta love them--they're beautiful, graceful--and destructive.

This last month our yard has been the home to the cutest White-tailed Deer triplets.  It's fun to watch them frolic, play and graze--as long as it's not in my garden.  Earlier this season they leveled 18 hostas, half my raspberry bushes and an assortment of other plants.  They're particular fond of my tall garden phlox...

Last year I faithfully applied my home-made deer repellent (a smelly concoction of fermented eggs, garlic and milk) and the deer stayed at a distance of the odoriferous plants.  Since I didn't have an issue with the deer destroying anything last season, I guess I assumed that this year would be the same.  It probably would have been had I applied the repellent...

Now my plants are soaked in the spray--they stink and supposedly taste terrible--and the triplets haven't even nibbled at a leaf. Here's the yummy recipe:

Home-Made Deer Repellent

1 cup milk
2 eggs
5 cloves of minced garlic
(If I only had a cow, the above ingredients would all be from my property!)
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp liquid dish soap

Whisk the above ingredients together and transfer to a glass jar.  Place the jar in a sunny location for one week.  Then add to one gallon water and spray liberally on plants. Reapply after rain.

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