[nafex] Fw: An Anti-Deer Recipe to Try

Mills Apple Farm millsapl at fgi.net
Tue Sep 5 22:20:18 EDT 2000

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Here is an idea I have been kicking around but have not yet tried to keep
the deer from eating my Honeycrisp apples.

I note there are several weeds that no critter eats, insect or mammal and
one is jimsom weed.  I wonder if one could steam green jimsom weed tissue to
extract the juices and use it as a spray, perhaps mixed with a
carrier/sticker, to repell deer or anything else for that matter. Does that
sound reasonable??
-----Original Message-----
From: Doreen Howard <doreenh at ticon.net>
To: nafex at egroups.com <nafex at egroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, September 05, 2000 2:50 PM
Subject: [nafex] Fw: An Anti-Deer Recipe to Try

>I received this today and thought I would share with all you deer victims.
>If you have any success with this recipe, please let Sally Ferguson know or
>post it to this list so I can forward your results.
>Doreen Howard
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Sally Ferguson <press at bulb.com>
>To: A Note from Sally <sferguson at bulb.com>
>Date: Tuesday, September 05, 2000 1:32 PM
>Subject: An Anti-Deer Recipe to Try
>As gardeners and garden writers, we all know what a huge problem
>deer have become.  Recently a friend in Sweden sent us a recipe
>for an anti-deer formula.  They said this has been used
>successfully for three summers at Sweden's famous Rosendal
>We're not sure anything will work against voracious American deer,
>but we thought it was worth passing along.  One interesting aspect
>of this idea is the use of florists' oasis to keep the treatment fresh.
>Swedish Skewers -- Deer-Repellent Cubes:
>Mix 2.5 lbs of bloodmeal into one bucket of water.
>Add 1 cup of  ammonia.
>Place cubes of green Oasis (the kind used for cut flowers) on
>bamboo stakes or skewers.  Dip the oasis into the above "soup" --
>until saturated.  (Somewhat like making Fondue!)
>Place the Skewered Cube Stakes strategically throughout your
>garden, hosta patch or naturalized bulb plantings -- or wherever
>deer are problematic.  Re-dip the cubes weekly to resaturate.
>That's it.  We hear it works.  If anyone tries this, we'd love to hear
>whether you found it effective or not.
>We're also open to hearing any other successful deer strategies
>and would be happy to serve as an informal clearing house for the
>info.  We've always tracked this issue -- but admit our annoyance
>surged when we witnessed the audacity of the deer that ate the
>holiday wreath off our friend Robin's front door, just 20 minutes
>north of Manhattan!
>Looking forward to seeing you in Philadelphia, if you're going.

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