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keeping animals away from plants

Keeping animals away from plants

Plants can act as natural deterrents to certain species. Just as certain plants can keep mosquitoes away, rosemary, garlic, and oregano can deter deer from entering your garden and chowing down on your veggies.

Deer problem? That is a bit trickier. To circumvent deer, you’ll need a fence that is at least 8 inches tall — after all, deer can jump very high. Fences made from chicken-wire will also work to deter groundhogs.
Fences are generally your best bet when it comes to protecting your vegetable garden from pests like rabbits and deer. To prevent burrowing animals, you’ll want to plant your fence into the ground as far down as one inch. If you have a rabbit problem, fences should be at least three feet high.

Like fencing, plant coverings can work wonders. Of course, they won’t do much for burrowing animals, but covering your vegetables in netting, garden fabric, or even chicken wire can protect your beloved veggies from groundhogs, birds, and squirrels.
You can buy predator urine online or at your local gardening shop. Usually, predator urine is more specifically, wolf urine. It keeps vegetable-predators — like deer — at bay because of its foul smell. Deer will smell the wolf’s urine, think a predator is nearby, and steer clear of your veggie garden.
Cayenne pepper tea can keep away unwanted critters like rabbit, deer, squirrels, and maybe even bears. Hot peppers contain a component called capsaicin, which essentially burns an animal when they taste it.
When thinking of animals that prey on your veggies, your first thought might not be a slug. However, slugs eat the leaves of vegetables, which can cause your veggies to die. To keep slugs away, make a beer trap with beer and a shallow container. You can upcycle a yogurt cup to make the trap; just fill it with beer, leaving an inch between the rim of the cup. Bury the cup so the top is level with the soil. Slugs and snails will drown in the container.
There is nothing more exciting than reaping the seeds you have sown. Gardening is a fun and rewarding hobby — not to mention, sustainable and delicious. But gardening can also be fickle, especially if the neighborhood squirrels, deer, and birds have realized how tasty your hobby is.

Ready to dive in? Keep reading for ways to protect your vegetable garden from animals!

Find out how you can keep animals out of your vegetable garden.