How better to launch my new DIY Diary button than to post a new DIY! I've been wanting to make a gentle but effective deer repellent for a while and am pleased with this concoction. I don't know about you, but where I live, sharing the land with hungry deer is just part of everyday life. I feel for them (most of the time) as they have less and less land to live on with all the houses and commercial developments being built yearly, but they have become bolder than ever before and, over the years, eat more and more of my garden. After some research, I decided a pepper spray was my best option. This spray could not be simpler to make. and it's really economical compared to some of the repellent products on the market.
All you need is cayenne pepper and water -- really! I used a hot sauce that had cayenne pepper in it which cost me all of $1.99. In a large container, pour 6 to 8 drops of hot sauce and mix with 1 gallon of water.
|I liked using this fancy carafe -- just for fun!|
Blend well and pour into a clean spray bottle.
Spray liberally over flowers and plants that deer love.
|You can see where the deer have dined on this hosta.|
When deer attempt to dine on these plants, they'll experience a slight burn on their tongues and avoid them. This spray won't actually hurt them but simply repel them, a win-win in my book. You'll need to reapply after a few days and/or after a heavy rain but one bottle should last most of the summer. I can attest that this spray has worked! Try it and let me know your results.