Are the vegetables in your garden being stolen or chomped on by deer, squirrels, rabbits, and other animals? If so, there are some steps you can take to put a stop to this behavior. Check out 8 common household items you can use to deter animals from making a buffet out of your garden.
- Hot Sauce. Combine 1 ounce of hot sauce, 4 drops of dish soap and 1 cup of crushed marigold petals in a blender with two cups of water. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spritz your garden plants with it once per week. This mixture has a strong odor that’s very unpleasant to rabbits and deer.
- Milk. Do you have any extra milk in the fridge? If so, you have the main ingredient in a mixture that deters deer from raiding your garden. In a spray bottle, combine ¼ cup of milk with a few drops of dish detergent. Fill the bottle to the top with water and spray the mixture on your garden plants. The milk will go bad out in the sunlight creating an odor that deer do not appreciate.
- A Bowl of Seed. This idea is more of a distraction than a deterrent to animals. Put a bowl of birdseed or homemade squirrel food in an area of your yard away from your garden. The purpose of this is to give squirrels, birds, and other animals an alternative to taking your veggies.
- Bar Soap. Look in your bathroom cabinet for a few bars of fragrant soap. Attach a bar of soap to the top of a stake and push the stake into the dirt of your garden. It’s best if the bar of soap sits at a level just above your plants. The fragrance of the soap is a deterrent to squirrels and deer.
- A Radio. If you don’t mind music playing in your yard, put a radio near your garden, click it on and turn up the volume. This loud sound can be a deterrent to deer, squirrels, rabbits and more.
- A Cayenne Pepper Mix. In a spray bottle, combine 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper and a couple drops of dish detergent with 20 ounces of warm water to make a cayenne pepper mix. Put it out in the sun for the day, then spray it on the leaves of your vegetables. The pungent odor of this mixture is repellent to rabbits.
- An Alert Dog. Sometimes the presence of a dog around a vegetable garden can deter animals from approaching the area. A barking dog is likely to scare off deer, raccoons, and rabbits. Prop open the door of your metal storage building and put a bowl of water inside, so your dog has a cool place to get out of the sun on hot days.
- Aluminum Pie Pans. Put some aluminum pie pans aside after using the crust in a recipe. Put four wooden stakes in the ground around your garden and hang a piece of string between them. Next, punch a small hole in the rim of each pie pan and hang them close together on the string. The noise of the pans bumping up against one another can be a deterrent to animals.
I hope one or more of these simple solutions keep the animals out of your beloved garden. Thanks for reading.