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They came in the darkness & left destruction.....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Checked the garden this morning.....deer came last night & ate my beautiful watermelon plants and most of the okra leaves! I have used moth balls, red pepper, a fake owl, hung aluminum plates around & until 2 days ago was taking a dirty piece of clothing down and hanging it late every afternoon (human smell). A friend who has gardened for years & years was having deer problems & hung Wal-Mart sacks around her garden & it worked for her so I did not put the piece of clothing down there last night. The sacks did not even slow these deer down. I know they need to eat too, and they can come eat all the grass they want in the yard, but I wish they would leave my produce alone.

So.......back to using the dirty clothing tonight. Thankfully, they did not bother the tomato plants or bell pepper plants (neither are producing right now, but have new blooms).

Sigh, such is life living in the country near woods.

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    Oh geeezzzz.....those darn critters! I've had to deal w/'em in the past & so I know how frustrating (& damaging) they can be! I hope something will work for ya soon!

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    I once heard that human hair will drive them away but I don't know how effective it is. At least they saved you some food!!
    3471 days ago
    3471 days ago
    Ouch, guess they are hungry too hmmm. I hope your new idea works, sorry about this. A garden sounds so lovely, I think I will try one next year. Fresh veggies..yum!
    3471 days ago
    I feel for you. As a gardener I understand the heartbreak that comes with unwanted garden visitors. Here's something that works for me and it's free. Take an empty plastic grocery sack and cut the bottom open. Now cut from the bottom toward the handles in several places. Now you have something that looks like a windsock. Cut the handles open and tie this to a stick. Now when the wind blows this will look like some crazy octopus and it makes noise too. The critters don't know what it is and seem to stay away. Make several and move them every once on a while. Plus they are so light weight if you use them when you plant seedlings, even if they brush the seedlings it wont hurt them.

    Hope this helps.

    3471 days ago
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