The deer and rabbits are thick this year. We have tried everything to discourage their visits. Some nights we succeed and some nights we don't. The gardens smell of strong floral perfume as I made a special batch of really STINKY homemade perfumed soap just for the garden. I mixed all the fragrance oils that I did not like and put LOTS in the soap batch. And it does stink. I really do think it has helped so far in some parts of the garden where it is hanging.
Notice in the picture above the black blob in the bottom right corner. That is my do'gs hair, When I groom them now I scatter it around my garden. Does it help? I guess it depends on how motivated the critters are.
And my secret weapon is no other than Sadie the wonder pup. We have started chaining her out by the garden at night to discourage visitors. She would much rather sleep back by the washing machine but O Wise One gave her a lecture about earning her keep. Has it helped? Not really the deer eat within 20 feet of the end of the chain she is on. If we do not chain her she will be camping out by the back door waiting for some unsuspecting fool to open the thing so she can plow them down to get in the house and air conditioning.
I was explaining to my friend Gail the other day that the amount of venison I eat during the winter is directly dependent on how much they annoy me throughout gardening season. I think we will be dining alot on both venison and rabbit this winter season.
Blessings from The Holler
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