Pardon me while I write a little rant about Bambi and his family who has twins 85% of the time and NO natural predators (there are NOT enough coyotes) to keep them out of my flowers.
Okay, so my bio says I have 126 rose bushes and that was three years and many trips to Witherspoon Roses ago, still that doesn’t give deer the right to chow down on the roses or the rubeckia that BTW is supposed to be deer proof. Or the hibiscus, which seems to have invisible EAT ME signs growing off it’s spindly branches or the hydrangeas and azaleas which they haven’t really bothered until this summer!
YOU TOO may have this problem, and since this blog is about food and writing and gardening and FOOD, I’m going to share my special recipe to keep the deer away. THIS REALLY WORKS, but you have to watch you plants for nibbles, which means it’s time to re treat, and best of all, it doesn’t smell like dead people like some of the stuff you buy at the garden center does. So, here it is and happy growing!
DEER BE DAMNED SPRAY!
18 eggs Leave them out of the fridge for several days.
1 gallon of buttermilk. Leave it out of the fridge until it separates and the water is on top.
3 bottles of habanero sauce The cheap stuff in the Hispanic section (costs <$2)
Spreader Sticker or dish soap.
In a bucket with a lid, strain the pepper sauce. I pour the WATER only from the buttermilk through the strainer to make it go faster. You can also add water to the strainer until the particles that WILL clog your sprayer are separated out. Add the eggs and blend with a hand held blender or mixture. If you’re spraying roses and you use a different pepper sauce, MAKE SURE it doesn’t have any oil in it because it will discolor the foliage a little.
Put about 1/3 of the mixture in a 2 gallon sprayer with 1/2 t. of Spreader Sticker of some dish soap and fill with water and spray in the evening or morning when it has time to dry. ENJOY your flowers!