As you may know, this year has been a struggle in our garden this year. Not only were we dealing with the lack of sun in our yard, but we also had animals sneaking in and eating what was flourishing. I had been feeling a bit uneasy about our lush sweet potatoes and full beans but didn’t act on my gut. I wish I had taken more precaution against those big mouthed intruders before we were robbed. It’s like my dad always says, “If you think something, you should probably act on it.”
Most gardeners know that heartache when your crop gets ransacked by a pest or animal. I wasn’t going to let our hard work and harvest go without a fight. To help me stand my ground without constructing a fence, I took to the kitchen to make a little organic cocktail to deter any critters from hitting our garden for a late night meal.
Homemade rabbit and deer repellent
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
Mix the ingredients in a large spray bottle, and let the mix marinate overnight for a potent mix. It’s as simple as that. You’re armed and ready to fight. When you run out, just refill the bottle with more water, and if needed, add more red pepper.
Spray liberally over the entire plant, focusing on the ends and leaves. Reapply frequently, especially after a rain.
The natural rabbit and deer repellent worked like a charm for us. The greens of our sweet potatoes were making a comeback, and I was able to sleep soundly knowing the vulnerable plants in the front yard were safe from our random Atlanta deer.
Things were starting to really turn around… and then we went out of town. When we got home from our anniversary getaway, we discovered the bed in our fenced-in backyard garden got cleaned out. In the front, a deer sampled a little of everything. It took out the majority of our red okra, an entire rhubarb plant, and parts of our pepper and tomato plants. Who would have thought we would have problems with deer when we live 6 miles from downtown Atlanta?
I’ll be spraying our plants nightly until the end of the season. With as tough of a summer season as we have had, I want to harvest as much as we can before the frost. This homemade rabbit and deer repellent does the trick in keeping our harvest safe and sound from those late-night trespassers.