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Question: I would like to know how to repel deer from my garden.

Answer: It's really difficult to keep deer out of a garden. They are creatures of habit and if your garden is on their way to somewhere else, they're likely to stop and nibble. Fencing is about the only sure fire way to keep them at bay. However, some gardeners report great success with a product called "Deer Away", which is designed to repel deer. You can obtain some in your local garden center or by calling Burpee at 1-800-888-1447. There are also many home remedies such as using soap, blood meal, human hair and so on. Sprays of egg solids, hot pepper oil and other such ingredients are available and may help some, especially when the deer "pressure" is not too high. Human hair (from the local barber shop) in bags made of hosery and perfumed soaps have worked for me when they had other options to feed upon.

Best wishes with your garden!

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