Today I have some very important gardening information to share. One of those things that not many people seem to know, but if you have problems like we do with deer, rabbits and other critters feasting on all your fresh veggies in your gardens, you gotta know about this!
Just a few years ago, the deer population really exploded in our area.
While they are cute when they are little like this guy, whose mommy hid him in the weeds behind our house, they can wreak havoc on your garden.
Everyone was talking about how to keep the deer out of their garden. Just about everyone we knew was buying and installing electric fences to put around the perimeter of the garden. We also, heard all these other old time tricks like having your hairdresser save hair and spread that around your garden.
All these remedies and yet, Dave and I were not having the deer feeding frenzy problem other gardeners were having. At the time we really didn’t know why. We did not erect an electric fence or sprinkle human urine or hair on anything. The deer just simply didn’t bother our crops. We were glad but when other gardeners would ask us what we were doing, we really didn’t have an answer.
And then we read an article in a gardening magazine and found out…
It was our horses! Well, actually horse manure! We had about four horses at the time and Dave would clean out the barn and use the wheelbarrow to cart those droppings over to our garden. You know, for fertilizer! The article said that this was one sure fire way to keep deer from eating your garden veggies!
We weren’t really so sure. This sounded new. Maybe that was the difference. So we tried a little experiment.
We have several apple trees in our yard and the deer were eating around on the ones on the lower branches.
Dave just got out the old wheelbarrow again and pitched some horse manure on the ground around the bottom of the trees and Voila! Don’t you know, the deer quit eating those apples! We were convinced! That was the key!
This worked for us for several years; but while I loved having horses…
…they are a very expensive animal to keep, so we had to sell. :((
Even if you don’t have horses, you can still get manure pretty easy. Dave still asks neighbors and friends who have horses if he can clean out their barns and have the manure for our garden.
Try it! It really works!
How about you?
Do you have any unusual methods to keep the critters out of your garden?
Have you ever tried horse manure?
Please, share in the comments.