VEGETABLE GARDEN SPARY: Protecting your garden from Deer, Rabbits, Raccoons, Opossums
It’s that time of the year. Tender shoots are appearing in our garden and calling rabbits and deer in to nibble and destroy. Time for me to gather all the ingredients, get my sprayer out and begin protecting with my DIY Vegetable Garden Spray that has proven it’s self well.
Several years ago I researched online various recipes to make a homemade garden spray to stop all the critters from nibbling and / or completely eating up our vegetables. I came across 3 or 4 that sounded really good with the claims that it worked. Between them I created my own. I can attest to the fact that this really does work. It stops deer, rabbits and opossums from eating and destroying all your hard work. And it sent raccoons running after one whiff of taste. Ended their destruction of our corn. Deer are completely offended by the smell or rotting eggs, the heat of the pepper in the spray.
It takes very little time to mix up a batch and begin spraying this DIY Vegetable Garden Spray on and around your plants to end the destruction caused by each of these animals. A side benefit is when I stay consistent with spraying I found we had little to no bug infestations that are harmful to the plants.
- You'll need a 1 or 2 gallon garden sprayer that has a long wand / pumper / and interchangeable nozzles.
- The recipe below is enough for a 2 gallon sprayer.
- In a blender - 6 eggs Blend on high speed for a least 5 minutes - this breaks down the whites so no egg clogs the nozzle.
- In another bowl - stir together, mixing it completely:
- The eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 6 Tblsp. Habernaro sauce ( I buy at the Dollar stores ) make sure the very first ingredient is the hot pepper.
- 2 Tblsp. dish soap - use as natural a dish soap as you can purchase
- 2 tblsp. vegetable oil - I prefer to use a safe healthy oil that I would ingest myself
- Into your sprayer container put in 1 gallon of cold water.
- Then add the hot pepper mix.
- Follow directions for your sprayer and then spray your garden plants.
- My recipe above is a combination of 3-4 mixes I found on the internet.
- Spray in the evenings. Always reapply after a rain.
- My spraying was sometimes every day / or other day depending on the weather and activity of critters.
- And, I always spray the outer perimeter of the garden all the way around.
- This works really well! I also think it worked on any possible bug infestations that would not be good to have.
- The eggs and milk will rot and it is the stink from these that deer don't like.
- Dish soap and oil is used to make the spray stick to the plants.