is there anything that I can use to deter deer from my vegetable garden - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by kathybennet
March 28, 2008
is there anything I can use to deter deer from my vegetable garden?


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Answer from NGA
March 28, 2008

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Kathy,

I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Deer are definitely a problem in our vegetable gardens and landscapes. Lists of deer resistant plants exist but I must warn you...if they are really hungry they'll open your front door, walk across the room, jump over you stretched out in the recliner watching TV, open the refrigerator and grab the lettuce in the crisper drawer! In other words, hunger expands their palate and increases their bravery.

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. Fencing also can work if you make the fence plenty tall or if the area to be fenced is not too large.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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