06/15/2013 in pests
When we aren’t able to fence the varmints out, we can try to discourage the animals by making our plants unpleasant to the taste.
For deer and rabbits, I generally get very good results with an egg mixture… mix an egg or two in a blender of water, use a water sprinkling can to apply).
Reading most ‘deer-away’ commercial ingredient lists usually turns up egg solids as the effective ingredient.
I use a fork to mix the eggs and water, but you can use a blender… if you are willing to clean up the mess afterwards…
Sprinkle the mixture over all the affected plants. Try to get all the leaves wet.
Unfortunately, some of the problem animals like eggs!
I caught this mouse in a squirrel cage, baited with carrots… Rats and mice will eat our plants, and they’re not gonna be bothered by eggs.
I’m getting some good results with datura and brugmansia.
It’s on you whether you chose to apply this solution to the vegetable garden.
Some people are terrified of the daturas/brugmansias.
They talk about the potential for the vegetables to absorb the toxins, as some studies seem to suggest about the insecticides and herbicides.
If you already use chemicals in your garden, you are unlikely to be concerned about this far-fetched possibility.
To all the organic people, datura and brugmansia are organic, and in my experience, they wash off with the first rain, and the critters begin eating those treated plants immediately.
Tender-hearted gardeners aren’t making friends with catch and release.
With a very few exceptions, catch and release is a bad idea.
If you don’t want the varmint at your house, I certainly don’t want it at mine.
I’ve heard people claim that nobody lives anywhere near where they dump their catches.
They really don’t know that… and, could be disrupting the balance of the critters that live there with all that dumping.
Those new critters are going to be in competition with the critters that are already there, for available food resources.
It’s often a death sentence for those dumped critters… a slow death… of starvation.
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