slightly off topic: deer repellants, and what's in bloom

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 19:35:03 PDT
Hi Kathleen,

When we lived in Oregon we used Zoo-Doo as a deer repellant.  The extension
gave it to us along with tobacco pouches to put it in.  I think it came from
the Portland Zoo.  Now our dogs keep the deer away.

Blooming: I have some day lilies, old type roses, hardy red climber rose,
and lilies are just starting.

Colleen in NE Calif.  

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Subject: [pbs] slightly off topic: deer repellants, and what's in bloom

This year I have time to experiment with deer repelling substances. These
pretty goats routinely eat some of my lilies, all of my hybrid tulips, roses
and blueberry plants. They also eat any number of bulbs that are supposed to
be toxic to them, including Hyacinthoides, Eremurus, Ranunculus, etc.,
though not enough of the first to slow it down at all. 

In a dry period last week, I hauled out the blender and created a brew of
egg, garlic and hot pepper sauce, sprayed it on the blueberries as a test of
one of the more palatable plants. Within hours, two deer came into the yard,
headed for the blueberry plants, took one nibble, and walked away while
making faces (grimacing, open-mouthed, panting, stretching out their
tongues, all very like what humans do when eating very hot food). This
training will take awhile, as I estimate there are 20 deer in the
neighborhood. As an initial test of concept, it does appear to work, and to
stand up to damp wet weather. How often it must be reapplied I don't know.
Until I can talk my spouse into a deer-resistant fence, this is going to be
my major line of defense.

As for what is blooming: the first flowers on bulbs grown from
wild-collected Lilium columbianum seeds bloomed in June. Dozens of stems of
other species and varieties are in bud. Several stems are well above six
feet tall. One lone L. martagon stem is over five feet tall. One Tulipa
sylvestris seed pod is nearly ripe. I am looking forward to growing on this
species from seed. Pacific Coast iris are at the very end of flowering, with
dozens of pods ripening, which is quite a contrast to last year, when I had
ten or twelve pods total. 



Kathleen Sayce
PNW Coast, WHZ 8, dryish cool summers & mild wet winters

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