Gardening Ideas forum: An egg-cellent deer repellant

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Name: Susan
Potomac, MD (Zone 6b)
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sulurph
Sep 14, 2017 8:05 PM CST
I've been using a commercial deer repellant for years and they are very effective but smell terrible when spraying on. (I always find it ironic that we spray nasty smelling stuff on our sweet smelling blossoms).
At a recent plant swap, one of my fellow gardeners shared this recipe for a home-made deer repellant: 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon baking powder dissolved in 1 liter of water. This solution does not affect the taste of any crops and a spraying lasts for 2-3 weeks. I just tried it this week and so far the deer have stayed away.
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Sep 14, 2017 8:15 PM CST
sulurph said:I've been using a commercial deer repellant for years and they are very effective but smell terrible when spraying on. (I always find it ironic that we spray nasty smelling stuff on our sweet smelling blossoms).
At a recent plant swap, one of my fellow gardeners shared this recipe for a home-made deer repellant: 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon baking powder dissolved in 1 liter of water. This solution does not affect the taste of any crops and a spraying lasts for 2-3 weeks. I just tried it this week and so far the deer have stayed away.


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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Sep 21, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Does it stink?
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Name: Susan
Potomac, MD (Zone 6b)
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sulurph
Sep 25, 2017 5:06 PM CST
@Lauribob- It doesn't smell bad and certainly not anything like the awful smell of commercial deer repellants. It also does not affect the taste of vegetables/fruit crops.
Need to spray every 2 weeks or so.
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Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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lauribob
Sep 25, 2017 6:44 PM CST
I think I'll give that a whirl next year, maybe on my apple trees.
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