We have deer frequent our property but they haven't (yet) bothered my garden. I have heard that Irish Spring soap cut up in a mesh bag will deter them but I havent used it yet. I have heard stories on them getting pears out of the pear trees in our neighbor's yard. He said it was quite amazing to see them up on their back legs getting the ones at the top. I am pretty sure you wouldnt appreciate the story right now LOL
Anyway, I thought they would be coming after my corn (which they could go ahead and get becaues it really isnt that good) but I have a garden flag and a big bird cage right on top of the corn stalks so I assumed that is why they have been staying away. I have a lot of things like scarecrows, flags, wind twirlers and wind chimes in my garden. Maybe that is it or just the Grace of God. (I opt for the ladder one) But good luck to you next year, or even this fall. You can harvest some vegetables this fall like someone else said.
Our deer are unafraid of coming almost to our front door. I don't know why they're so brave! Because we have so much garden area I've never bought anything to use that would have to be reapplied, it would be too expensive. That's why I use the egg, oil, & soap mixture. It stinks a lot once the egg has spoiled that's for sure!
They eat everything in site on one side of my house but on the other side they don't seem to be a problem. I think the safe side is too close to our "Living Space" and the deer don't venture up that close. I plan to move what's left of my hosta in the danger zone to the safe side of the house in the early fall.
We somehow have managed to produce a number of cukes in spite of the loss of leaves. The deer don't like the cukes once they get past the flower stage. I think that the little spiky things on them are a deterrent. So we've got those at least~
I have a great mix that I used last year to keep the deer from eating flowers, hostas, veggie plants. It contains soap, oil, and eggs. You spray it on .. worked great. I've been unable to do anything in the garden this year & thus the deer have had a BIG SALAD~
IT ISN'T TOO LATE TO REPLANT CUCUMBERS AND SQUASH. FALL IS GREAT TIME FOR CABBAGE, BROCCILI ,CAULIFLOWER AND PEAS. IF YOU THINK YOU CAN KEEP THE DEER OUT. I DID SEE SOMETHING AT ACE HARDWARE YOU SPRINKLE AROUND GARDEN. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORKS . SO SORRY THAT IS SO DISAPPOINTING . BUT THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER YEAR.
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Where my mom lives, she has had problems with deer as well. They have some older dog runs that aren't being used - I think they're going to plant inside them next year! Maybe even buy a couple more for the additional space.
I'm having a little bit of a deer problem, but not as bad as yours. This one is just eating my roses and I've put a small fence around them and finding it helps.
There are lots of home remedies for deer problems and I don't know what works, but I've read that human urine will keep them away. Maybe a man in your life could sprinkle some around the garden LOL? I think some people save urine to pour around and keep wild animals away.
DH and I are still trapping raccoons--this must be a year for hungry wildlife!
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We just picked loads of Tomatoe Bugs off my Tomatoes, some where as big and long as a middle finger.
To the deer problem: I heard that human hair will keep them away. Put in little mesh bags and hung around the garden, it will keep them out. I have asked my Beauty Salon for their klippings and they gladly give them away.
I am so srry to hear this! How frustraiting! I did hear that placing Lifebouy soap in a mesh bag and hanging them on sticks near what you want to protect might work. Maybe experiment with that this year by placing it near something they find tasty, like a daylily?
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I am sooo sorry for you!!! That would break my heart!!
I don't have the problem so I am of no help but you do have my sympathy!! JO
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Cucumber plants, tomato plants AND their flowers, lilies, hostas, glads, black-eyed susies, EVERYTHING EATEN. Oh! Those danged DEER! They're eating everything, even the stuff they are supposed to dislike!
What are we going to DO!? GRrrr... NEXT YEAR I'm going to be back on my feet & boy oh boy, I'm going to doing everything I can to keep my flowers!
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