Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - Keeping deer out of the garden, naturally

Check it Out!  Since I have plenty of room this year I have decided to get the garden started.  A few weeks ago, I got my plot picked out, my soil turned and ready for planting.  I then put in 7 tomato plants, 1 pepper plant and some cucumbers.  Within 1 day of planting, I began to notice the deer tracks, and then I noticed he ate 3 of 7 of my plants!
The pic above is my garden a few days ago and it is kickin' butt!  But I had to come up with a way to get rid of the deer.  We aren't hunters and I don't like poisons because of my furbabies so I set out to find a way to do it naturally.
After several suggestions and trying things like hair and swinging nets, I heard that soap works.  A friend said she just nails a bar of soap on the post next to her garden and the smell keeps the deer away.  And when it rains the smell is released even more.  Well I have soap!  After spending 6 months in a hotel I also have a ton of those small travel hotel soaps, so I figured I would try them first.  I also don't have any trees in my yard, thanks to the previous owner cutting them ALL down, so I decided I would hang my soap and to cover my basis I would hang them in all 4 corners.
So using a nail, I put a hole in my soap and used cable ties to make loops to hang.

Again since I don't have trees, I used these trellises that I found in the shed, and hung a soap from each one.

I water my garden in the evenings if needed and when I do I be sure and hit those bars of soap to keep them smelling strong with the water.  So far so good, no deer have returned since coming and finding the soap bars.  I even broke a few in half and placed them in the dirt on the corner they are known to come from, that way when they put their noses to the ground they got that smell and not my tomatoes!  
Do you have a natural remedy for getting rid of pests in your garden?  I am open to all suggestions!

1 comment:

  1. Great tip! I will be trying this in our garden : )


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