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A beautiful doe has taken over our garden as her own. She has mowed down beans, knocked off lots of tomatoes and munched on a few, swallowed pepper plants, and grazed on blueberries. The rest of it she's leaving alone for now, but she is really starting to drive us nuts. She is very bold, sometimes standing out there enjoying a meal in the middle of the day.<br><br>
Does anyone have any wonderful tricks for convincing her to dine elsewhere?
 

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Our local greenhouse recently posted this recipe as a deer repellant. I haven't tried it yet, but others say it really works.<br><br>
1 egg<br>
1/2 C milk<br><br>
Beat<br><br>
Add:<br>
1 T cooking oil<br>
1 tsp dish detergent<br>
1 gallon water<br><br>
Spray every 2 weeks or after heavy rain.<br><br>
Good luck!!!
 

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nak as usual <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
human hair is supposed to do the trick. and haircutters are supposed to be happy to give clippings to you for the asking. i don't know whether either of those is a happy fairy tale tho.<br><br>
perhaps you could borrow a dog -- the loud but pacifistic type.<br><br>
also, male predator urine. depending on the identity of your dp, you might have your very own male predator handy. getting him to cooperate might or might not be a problem. :LOL<br><br>
good luck! maybe you could maintain a patch of things she likes off to the edge of your property so you can still enjoy watching her.
 

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I have a friend who goes outside, squats and pees over all of her strawberry plants in the morning. The deer stay far, far away.
 

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In my experience, she won't stop until she eats it all.<br><br>
I built a fence to keep the deer out. All it took was some 4x4 posts about ever 8 feet, and a roll of welded wire fencing. (the fencing is sort of like chicken wire but more sturdy) All you do is nail the fencing to the posts and leave room for a gate. I have had 0 problems after putting up the fence.<br><br>
oh, a bonus is that your climbing beans and such can be planted on the edges and trained to grow up the fence.
 

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Bionicsquirrel,<br>
Does she ever invite you over for strawberry shortcake? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:
 

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MMMmmm. I always wonder what made her strawberry jam so special! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Oh my gosh, you guys are cracking me up!<br><br>
Dh is notorious for peeing outside anyway, but the problem is that the neighbor's sunroom is probably no more than 30 ft from the edge of our garden. And the wife is pretty uptight. No doubt we'd have a cop on our doorstep if she caught dh "watering" the garden!<br><br>
Next year we'll definitely be planting something the deer like down by our creek in the woods where they reside. Maybe that will keep them down there and out of our yard.
 

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Irish Spring soap. I kid you not, put shavings of it all over the garden.<br>
Maybe not 100% organic, but it works! Obviously, you have to replace it after a rainstorm.
 
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