[Market-farming] Sweet Potatoes and deer
Road's End Farm
organic87 at frontiernet.net
Sun Jun 15 11:14:29 EDT 2008
Try a little blood meal scattered over the leaves; deer don't like the
taste. (Not if you're intending to sell sweet potato shoots, of course;
people don't either!) Needs to be re-applied after any significant
rain; though if you have it on most of the time, the deer may not
notice short stretches of no protection, as they may have already
decided "those don't taste good, go eat somewhere else" and may not try
them again for a while.
Fish emulsion sprayed on the leaves may also do the job.
What are the wire deer guards?
-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
On Jun 15, 2008, at 9:40 AM, Dave & Katharine Campbell wrote:
> Wrong! I set out my sweet potato slips about 2 weeks ago and THE VERY
> NEXT NIGHT the deer came thouugh and neatly nipped off about a third
> of them! Moral: put out went the wire deer guards right away!
> ==davec / Tiffin IA / Zone 5
>> -------------- Original message from Allan Balliett
>> <aballiett at frontiernet.net>: --------------
>> > >One thing we do have a clear memory of is the deer eating off the
>> > >potato leaves.
>> > hopefully, they won't do that at the slip stage! I'm going to try
>> > of those Premier 2-layered fences around the sweet potatoes and a
>> > small bean field.
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