Friday, May 27, 2016

Preventing Deer, Rabbits and Other Four Legged Pest From Eating Your Garden. ORGANICLY!

 Part 4 in our series on chemical free pest control



If you live in the city, practice urban or container gardening this post might or might not be of interest to you, but if you live in most suburbs or out in the country you know that it doesn’t take long for pest, of the four legged kind, to completely destroy a garden plot or even turn a profitable crop into a total loss.

Four Legged Garden Pest Eat How Much?

An average member of the deer family will eat from 5 to 15 pounds of greens a day, depending on the species. This may seem like a lot of food, but when you take body size into account they are nothing compared to rabbits.

A mature cottontail, the most common wild rabbit in the U.S., will eat 1.25 pounds a day and his cousin, the black-tailed jackrabbit, eats almost nonstop and can consume over 6 pounds of forage every 24 hours. When you consider that an average rabbit colony will contain around 15-20 rabbits you can see that letting rabbits have free access to your garden is about the same as letting a full grown cow graze your greens.

So, how do you keep the grazing deer and the ravaging rabbit from consuming your delectable garden treats before you have a chance to? It is easier than you think. Just follow these handy tips to keep your garden safe, chemical free and totally organic.

Natural Deer Repellents

Deer, for all the damage they can cause, are actually one of the easier animals to deter from your garden and being creatures of habit, they will normally stay with their new food source and stay away once deterred.

Here are a few things that will help if you have a deer problem.

·         In a pump sprayer mix one whole egg, a quarter cup of water and an ounce of hot sauce and spray it on your plants. This mix will withstand light rains because the egg sticks to the leaves.

·         For larger volume applications, mix the following ingredients:
o   1 Cup Milk
o   2 Gallons Water (8 Liters)
o   2 T Cooking Oil
o   2 T Liquid Detergent
o   2 Whole Eggs
o   Spray it on your plants.

·         Even the most persistent deer will become discouraged and look elsewhere after a time. Once they're in the habit of feeding elsewhere, you can let up on the spraying regimen.

·         Place human hair in small cheesecloth sacks and hang around your garden. The scent of the human hair is repellent to deer of all types.

Rabbit And Rodent Proofing Your Garden

Photo: Koenigsegg


Rabbits and Rodents are allergic to peppermint and will avoid it like the plague. To pest proof your garden, plant borders of peppermint as a barrier or soak rags in peppermint oil and hang around your garden to keep it pest free.
Since I love mint tea the first option obviously gets my vote.

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