Tuesday, June 3, 2014
ANNA ANSWERS SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS
There are several things I can give you - some I heard - some I tried. The best thing to protect them is to put a fence around the flowers or garden. It should stand about 6 to 8 feet tall and sink in the ground about 6 inches. If you can't do that or don't want too, I will give you a few things to try.
One is, there are some flowers that deer and rabbits do not like. Saying that, deer and rabbits, should stay away from them - but I give no 100 per cent guarantee. Some of the flowers they shouldn't like are: Lavender, monkshood, bugleweed, bellflower, astille, tickseed, coneflower, goldenrod, and more. If I were to plant one of these around the flowers or vegetables, I would use the lavender. I have also heard that if you plant garlic around the flowers and garden, deer and rabbits will stay away - I haven 't tried that one. Also, I have heard mothballs or fabric softner will work. In a garden, I have heard if your plant onions around the edge, deer and rabbits will stay away. If you see an Amish garden you may notice flowers all around the edge. We plant some flowers to keep the animals out and to make our gardens look pretty.
There are also sprays you can mix that some say work. One is of eggs, hot pepper and garlic. Another is of rotten eggs, chili powder and soap. I also heard of mixing 1 teaspoon lysol and 1 gallon of water. Here is still another combination:
HOMEMADE ANIMAL REPELLENT
2 raw eggs
1 quart water
1 tsp Tobasco sauce or ground black pepper
squirt dish soap
Mix all ingredients together in spray bottle. Spray flowers and vegetables.
Another thing that will keep deer and rabbits away is a dog. Our dogs sleep outside in the barn. When those deer and rabbits come around they chase them - if they hear them. Also, I am told Englishers have put outside lights on their house or barn. When the deer or rabbits come around the light goes on and scares them away.
What do I do on our farm? I planted my roses around the edge of our front porch. My reasoning is that deer wouldn't come that close to the house. I don't know if that is good reasoning or not, but, so far, I haven't had any trouble.
When it comes to the garden, I've only had Elmer and John put a fence around it one year. It was hard working around the fence even though they left room between the fence and the garden. My look is that deer and rabbits are God's creatures. They have to eat, too. Usually they munch around the edge. If it got bad where they were eating a lot, I would have Elmer and John put the fence up again.
I hope I have given you some help. Next week, I will talk about getting rid of bugs.
Trust God's Wisdom,