The Q&A Archives: Controlling Garden Pest Organically

Question: What plants (especially) and organic methods can I use to reduce and hopefully eliminate animal pests (not insects) in my vegetable garden? Laurie Eck Bradford, PA

Answer: There are a variety of methods to deter animal pests, from hanging bars of soap or sachets of human hair from apple trees to deter deer, to spreading blood meal around the base of plants to deter woodchucks. Marigolds seem to deter certain rodents, while "gopher spurge" is reputed to be offensive to gophers. A great book to consult is "Bugs, Slugs

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