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You are so funny . . .

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LOL Carol, you can always borrow one ! Ive not know a man yet who wasnt willing to pee on something outside. emoticon

Will it be easy? Nope
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Wow!! Who knew???!!!

I will store that piece of info away, even though I am fresh out of husbands and dogs . . .

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"Marking your territory" is what I suspected was the reason we didn't have a problem with deer. But my inside dog was the one "marking" the territory. We had a small yard so the garden took up most of the yard so there wasn't much space left for her to mark. The neighbors that didn't have dogs is where I saw the deer.

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4/6/11 9:52 A

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Marking your territory works I have a cousin in the mountains that this method is the only thing that works to keep the dear out. he doesn't even use the T-shrits just marks the ground. I have also been told scattering human hair around the sides does the same thing. You may be able to get a Barber or Hair dresser to save for you.



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Yup, That's Wierd ! ! But I live on 20 acres with tons more woods and fields around us...All I ask is for a 20x20 area with no wildlife. I may just try it...if I can talk hubby into his part in the experiment ! ! ! My aim is not so good ! ! ! : )

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Hi all ! I am new to this list but wanted to share something that although pretty weird, has worked well year after year for my garden and not getting hit by deer badly at all.

My neighbor is an older southern woman who I must honestly say, has never led me wrong with her tips on gardening. When my husband and I first started our garden, we got hit pretty badly by deer. I went down to my friends place and asked her why they never got his bad. Well here was her advice.....

She had about 3-4 stakes in the ground on the perimeter of her garden, not in the middle of all the veggies. Hanging on each stake was a metal hanger and a white t-shirt. Her husband, bless him, went out every day and pee'd on the t-shirts. I know it sounds pretty odd and well kind of gross, but the scent deter'd all deer, raccoons and everything else that would hit their garden. We tried it the next year and lo and behold, not one animal raided our garden.

Not sure if anyone would ever want to try that but it sure did work for us. We have 7 acres and live in the country, so deer are a commonplace, along with raccoons, rabbits, etc. Especially since I am a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and have done releases here on my property, we probablly have more than the normal amount of wildlife. This has kept us all living in harmony, we get our veggies and they just avoid our garden.

Will it be easy? Nope
Will it be worth it? Absolutely !


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Wow you are so lucky that they never bothered yours . . . even when you were absent and they were prime pickings, you were still able to gather veggies after your absence! . . . wow . . .

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After mentioning the electric fence it accrued to me that deer can jump four ft' fences but they browse so it is possible that they will hit it while browsing if it is placed around the plants.

We used to live where there were deer but they rarely bothered our plants. I am not sure why but they would be across the street and next door. When we moved we came back a month or two later and I picked all the veggies to bring back home.

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Thanks Xana for the electric fence idea. We can use all the ideas we can get, even if electric fence won't work for my friend I am sure it will help someone else. I love the exchange of ideas here . . . soap, garlic, marigolds, who knew???

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Thanks! We had French Marigolds last year. I don't know what DH did with them when winter got here. He must have gotten rid of them. I'll tell him to plant them next winter. Since the grass came out we have only had some onions go missing.

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For rabbits, I plant Marigolds around my veggie gardens. looks pretty and the bunnies don't like the smell.

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Carol, I would recommend an electric fence if the home remedies doesn't work. I liked the one about soap. We put one up ... not counting wire and connectors, it cost about $80 on Ebay.

Anyone know of home remedies for rabbits? We only have a problem with them in the winter when there is no green grass.

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You're Welcome...
Yes, Only the team leader can do it.

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Thanks Gemini. And who makes it a sticky? The team leader?

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Sure Angela....
A Sticky is a topic that will not move down the list on our team page.
If you go to the team page, next to the top topics in each Forum group, you will see the word sticky.
Whenever anyone starts a new topic it goes under the stickies and moves the other topics down the list and eventually are not on the front page.
You can click on "See More Topics" to see other threads.
Hope this helps....

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I've seen the 'sticky' term. Can you explain what that means? And how is that different from a regular topic?
Thanks.

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I think this thread or idea should be a "Sticky" What a good idea to post our tried and true successes.


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I have a Jack Russel and a Boxer dogs with the invisible fence around my place. A good dog will end your deer problem.



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Something was digging up my garlic once. I think it may have been the raccoons. However, they may have been attracted to the bone meal that i had put in the holes as well. Because the left over bone meal bag was in my shed, and someone ate all that too!

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good to know, we dont have many deer, but the racoons are a bother.
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Plant the garlic in the fall. You harvest it in July (if you plant to eat it).
Make sure you use ONE clove per hole. be sure to place it top side up, and it's helpful to make sure when you break up the bulb, you get some of the hairy roots with it.


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Have Fun with all of your new info ... emoticon

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What a good idea, I'm going to call the Extension service or look online and see if I can get her or she can get free mulch in our county . . .

Thanks for answering all my questions. I'll search online and see if I can find garlic starts now.

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Just a clove and NOT the whole head. Grocery store garlic and potatoes have been sprayed with an anti grow chemical so they probably won't grow. A nursery or feed store will sell garlic and potatoes but I'm not sure about the garlic being sold in the spring season, tho.
Planting with your holland bulbs would be good.
As far as mulch and compost, some towns and cities have places where you can get it free. Have her call her local service dept. or Extension office.

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"You plant garlic with the bulbs" . . . . you meant not the whole head, right?, as opposed to meaning planting a clove with holland bulbs in the fall?

So can you buy a whole head of garlic at the grocery store (like potatoes - you just let the eyes grow) and just break the garlic head apart into cloves and plant the cloves? Or do they have to come from a nursery source? I wonder if I'll be able to find any, if it's the wrong season . . .

She doesn't have any mulching stuff, leaves, or compost as she's starting out fresh. She'll have to buy some. She has a green thumb. Much more so than I do.

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You're so welcome.....
You plant garlic with the bulbs, one clove in each hole, not the whole bulb. I think they sell them in the fall???
As far as I know, garlic should be planted in the fall to get garlic bulbs. If planted in the spring, you'll only get the green tops. But that's ok, just trim the tops a bit to get the garlic smell. Then you'll get bulbs next year. Be sure to mulch the garlic when you plant it. ( with chopped up leaves or something like that. Not heavy flower garden wood chips)
Blueberries Love to be mulched with saw dust, mulched leaves are good, also.
I'm sure your friend is going to Love her house warming gifts....

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Thank you so much! I think I'll get her some garlic bulb starts (do they sell those?) for her housewarming gift. I've already started some dwarf sunflowers for her, her favs, which should be just perfect for May housewarming gift. That will also give me time to hit the dollar store for soap, and time to save onion and lemon bags. Great ideas!!! Because I know she bought some blueberry bushes. I guess she can stake the onion bags around the bushes. I will look up Jerry . . .

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Hi Carol. Deer do not like garlic or anything prickly..I planted garlic around my garden and shrubs. They haven't touched where the garlic is. Everything else has been nibbled to the ground. My mother used body soap in an onion bag. I tried it on a baby cherry tree that they navigated to and they haven't touched that either. I'll be at the dollar store to get some cheap bars of soap for this year...
Again, try Jerry Baker's website for more ideas.

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My friend moved out of a townhouse and bought her first single family dwelling home. We have deer EVERYWHERE here in Maryland, even in town. It's unbelievable; at 11 o'clock at night you can see them eating the grass in the median next to a 6-lane road; they walk around as if they own the road. She lives in the middle of downtown, and has tons of deer spoor in her yard. She even had a dead one against the back fence that she had to call the city to have them haul away.

I have seen holland bulbs in the store that say deer-resistant. Other than that, what have you guys used that REALLY ACTUALLY WORKS? I'm looking for first-hand accounts here. I will need this knowledge soon for myself as well. Thanks alot.

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