At least the deer have only left paw prints and a few, umm... presents near the garden perimeter.
In my ongoing quest for critter deterrent, we have nearly tried just about everything around the perimeter or inside the garden.
Chunks of Irish Spring
Animal urine (dogs)
Fabric sheet sachets (to hold human hair or pet fur)
Aluminum pie pans
a plastic owl
I even had the hubbs get tanked and pee around the garden.
Except the critters keep coming. Apparently I grow really good stuff, man. HAHA
Off came the gardening gloves. No more Ms. Nice Gardner. It's on like donkey kong.
I ponied up the money for Liquid Fence brand Deer and Rabbit deterrent. It is eco friendly. The ingredients are "Putrescent Egg Solids, Garlic Powder, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Water".
This stuff is rank! I accidently got some on my clothes and thought I would need to burn them. It actually washed out just fine. Once it dries it is barely discernable to the human sense of smell. The dogs found it quite interesting though.
Yes- I could have DIY'ed a similar batch but I didn't want my house to reek. That is most definitely a cook it outside kind of smell. And I wanted instant gratification because I was mad as hell.
Last night I sprayed the outside and inside perimeter of the garden, all the raised beds, around the grape arbor, around my remaining peach tree and just to be a jerk around the compost bin. The idea is this is supposed to mimic decay/ decomposition and the critters will think predator activity is nearby. All the reviews tended to give a high ratings. Although one review said it may draw in some confused turkey vultures. Oh joy.
There didn't appear to be any additional perimeter breach. We also had a monster bonfire last night. So I am not sure if the liquid fence worked or if the fire/smoke scared the critters away.
Look at my delicious little lovelies...NO FREELOADING CRITTERS are touching these!