Three weeks ago I arrived at the farm to discover that deer had gotten under, through, or over our electric fence and had quite a feast on the large planting of tulips at The Farm at St. Joe’s. This is unacceptable.
Down on The Farm at St. Joe’s we love the deer and the rabbits. After all, they are God’s creatures and serve an important role in the ecosystem. However, we don’t like them eating the plants that we lovingly tend in our gardens. Those plants are meant to make it to you in the form of delicious food and lovely flowers.
We don’t want to hurt the animals and we don’t want to use any toxic products on the farm. That is why we employ the help of some natural ingredient based products to help steer these critters clear of our farm. I picked up some large volumes of Plantskyyd and Liquid Fence at Downtown Home and Garden and gave it a try. I sprayed the Plantskyyd, which is cow and pig blood, directly onto the tulips, and followed up with a perimeter of Liquid Fence, putrescent eggs, along the entire length of my electric fence. The scent of the eggs and blood should keep the critters away.
If you purchase either of these products wear gloves and plug your nose. Both smell terrible and the Plantskyyd is blood and will stain. (Rest assured that the smell isn’t detectable to humans shortly after application.) These products aren’t pleasant to use, but anyone who has ever gardened knows that desperate times call for desperate measures. Plantskyyd and Liquid Fence are available in small and large quantities. The salesman at Downtown Home and Garden recommends both products, and using them in alternating years so the little animals don’t get wise. Multiple applications throughout the season are recommended too.
Two weeks have passed and so far so good.