I'm happy to say we've won the deer battle with our natural deer repellent. Last year I wrote about our deer problem along with the moles, voles, slugs, chipmunk, rabbits and the natural deer repellent we were using. We used it consistently and by the end of the season our plants were thriving.
What you will need: eggs, water, garden sprayer.
The deer problem
This year we didn't come home until some the the hostas already popped up.
Unfortunately, the hungry deer started feasting on the hostas and they were pretty well eaten up before I used the deer preventive.
I wasn't sure whether I could undo the damage.
The closer I looked the more damage I saw.
The young hosta shoots were nipped off to the ground.
Well, I got very angry! I wasn't about to lose all of our hostas.
Making the natural preventive
I marched over to the shed and got out the garden sprayer. Then I went into the house and got a carton of eggs out of the refrigerator, cracked them in a bowl and mixed up the eggs with water. I strained the solution through a sieve so that the sprayer wouldn't clog.
I sprayed everything with the deer deterrent. I didn't care if the experts said that the plant was resistant to deer or not. Deer forage on anything and everything.
This was war!
The result for our effort?? The hostas are beautiful-- lush and full! Our other plants look great too.
The plants are thriving even though I've seen hoof prints here and there.
We've had torrential rains and I thought that perhaps the rain would wash off the solution -- but it didn't.
Consistency with the deer deterrent is the key
I spray the natural solution periodically, especially after a lot of rain. I do make sure that I do this on a dry day so that the deterrent has a chance to dry on the plant.
In fact, we have an abundance of rabbits in our neighborhood, and yet, they leave our plants alone, although they seem to be enjoying the greenery on the south and east of us.
I can't be sure if it's the natural deer preventive, but oddly enough, we don't have any slug damage on our hosta leaves like we had in previous years.
And, we also don't have any vole problems, but that could be because we didn't put down any mulch this year.
As far as the mole and chipmunk situation goes? My Honey seems to be ahead of the game on that. This is the mole trap we use. If you'd like to know how we control the other varmints -- just ask and we'll tell you.
So, if you have children and pets, this natural deer preventive solution is just what you need. Don't go through what we did before we discovered the Natural Deer Solution.
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This is similar to the Garden Sprayer that we use. I don't like them too big because I have to lug that thing around and spray. I'd rather refill and continue to spray than have it too heavy. In fact, I rather enjoy spraying since it's very easy to do and I know I'll see results.
Natural Deer Repellent - All Our Way
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3 eggs in 5 quarts of water = 1.25 gallons of deer repellent
6 eggs in 10 quarts of water = 2.50 gallons of deer repellent
9 eggs in 15 quarts of water = 3.75 gallons of deer repellent
12 eggs in 20 quarts of water = 5 gallons of deer repellent
Beat the eggs with a whisk or electric mixer. Add some of the measured water and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture through a fine strainer to remove any thick albumen (egg white) from the mixture. This will prevent the garden sprayer from clogging. We spray every few weeks and it seems to last. If you get a lot of rain it wouldn't hurt to spray, just make sure it's a dry day so that the deer repellent will stick and dry to the plants.
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