[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 
>> sweet
>> > >potato leaves.
>> >
>> > hopefully, they won't do that at the slip stage! I'm going to try 
>> one
>> > of those Premier 2-layered fences around the sweet potatoes and a
>> > small bean field.

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