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Anyone have a good pepper spray recipie? Something chomped off the sunflowers we just planted. I want to get more because they were for DS for his garden but obviously I'll need to spray them from the beginning. I need it anyway to protect strawberries and so forth.
 

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I have never used pepper spray for food plants, but I used to have a spray of 3 dried parilla peppers in a spray bottle filled with H2o to kill off those pesky little flies in my houseplants. It worked great--but it got too concentrated after a while and I about "maced" myself with it. Had to dilute it quite a bit.
 

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I made some last year by blending 3 habaneros and a few cloves of garlic with a pint of water in the blender, then misting the plants. It was so strong that my eyes were tearing up just smelling it, but my cat (whom I was trying to repel) loved it and ate the plants, pepper spray and all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Sounds like deer. They LOVE sunflower seeds!<br><br>
I wouldn't spray strawberries with pepper spray! Better to cover them with netting that is stretched taut so that birds don't become entangled.<br><br>
As for the sunflowers, I'd fence them off with cages approximately 5' tall and 2' wide using 4"x2" welded wire. Once the sunflower heads are more than 6', the deer shouldn't be able to get them (but, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">I'd</span> still leave the cages in place! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )<br><br>
There are spray products on the market that are based on rotten eggs and are environmentally-safe. But, with ANY sprays, you'll need to re-spray <span style="text-decoration:underline;">everytime</span> the plants get hit with the sprinkler or it rains. Tiring, but it does work. The stuff has saved a lot of our roses that the deer were kind enough to dead-head for us.
 

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I agree, sounds like deer! Another fencing option is what i do. It's not as envirofriendly as I'd like, but it isn't horrible. You can get plastic net deer fencing at the hardware store for about 13$ per 200ft roll. Take four T posts and drive them in the ground at the four corners of your garden/flower bed, then wrap the fencing around and tie to the posts. Works great for me, and I can't see it hardly at all from about 75ft. I live in East Tx, and have used the same fence for 3yrs now with no decay, and have left it outside the whole time. You could bring it in every year too. So far, I have lost no birds to it (I have had it stretched taut as the previous poster mentioned though).<br><br>
When it comes to deer, the only method that works for me is the barrier one!
 
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