As you know, we planted another garden this year and have a deer problem. We saw the deer that have been eating the garden. They are less than 6 months old since they still have their spots. Did I ask them their ages, you ask? Nope, I just looked up the answer to "how old are white tail deer when they lose their spots" on the internet. White tail deer lose their spots when they are about 6 months old. Anyway, the deer looked very healthy and well fed. They should be well fed since they are doing a number on the garden.
When we win the lottery, we will finish fencing in the garden. We would like to fence in a very large area to include the berry patch and future garden growth. I know it has to be a very high fence since deer can jump over a 9 foot fence. They can also run 40 mph and swim 15 mph. I just thought I'd throw in those facts.
I was looking on the internet (I waste a lot of time on the internet), and found some recipes to make your own deer repellent. The deer munched on the garden the night I sprayed the stuff on, but they haven't touched it the last couple of days. Maybe it works after all. Deer aren't suppose to like stinky stuff, but then, who does?
The stinky stuff I mixed up had a little milk, 3 eggs, garlic juice, hot pepper oil, clam juice, and a couple dashes of cayenne pepper. The recipe didn't call for the clam juice or the cayenne pepper, but I thought the stinkier and hotter, the better. I put this in a blender and blended it really well, and then poured it into the empty gallon milk jug I had finished off that morning and added enough water to make a gallon. I used hot water, not that I think it matters, but i thought it would make the stuff smell more. A couple of hours after I made it, I poured some in a squirt bottle and sprayed the plants in the garden. Wouldn't you know it, no matter where I stood while spraying it, I kept drifting onto my legs. After I had sprayed the whole garden, I just poured the remainder in the milk jug onto the most eaten veggies. I also sprayed the concoction on the berry plants and the Japanese Maple, that tastes so good.
I think when I spray the garden again, I will just use garlic juice and clam juice. I think I will have to spray the garden once a week, or when ever the deer start eating it again. If that works, I guess it's a cheap enough fix until we can afford the mega fence. The stinky stuff is also suppose to repel rabbits, but that's one problem we don't have.