Stop Critters From Eating Your Garden Before You Do

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — How do you keep animals from eating the vegetables in your garden before you do?

Susie Bachman from Bachman’s has a few tips to keep deer and rabbits away from your garden.

Bachman said you could use topical sprays or a scent deterrent.

Topical sprays give the plants a bad taste to the animal when they take a bite of the foliage. Bachman said both the spray and scent deterrents work great and are fairly inexpensive, but you need to reapply after each rain. There are many organic choices with these products as well.

Bachman said remember that you need to make sure you don’t spray any of the topical sprays near the time when you are planning on harvesting your vegetables.

Scent deterrents will scare away pests because it smells like a predatory animal.

There’s also a new product on the market developed by the University of Minnesota. It’s a systemic repellent called Repellex and it works as a taste inhibitor.

You only need to do one application and it will last 12 months, but Bachman says this is not for use on anything edible.

You can also consider planting plants that animals don’t like to eat like juniper, spruce, barberry, lilac, astilbe, monarda, and salvia.

Bachman said to keep in mind that animals will eat anything if they are hungry enough.

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  • FreddieBaby

    I always plant a separate garden with stuff critters like and leave that one easily accessible to them. I keep my main garden protected. This usually seems to keep the critters at bay from gobbling up the main garden.

  • TW

    I use a product endorsed by Elmer Fudd, copper coated steel shot. Applied to rabbits internally it keeps them away forever.

  • MAJ

    Love to plant salvia as it attracts hummingbirds. Even on this COOL morning the hummers are getting the nectar.

  • JT

    I sprinkle used Feline Pine around the border of my garden when I clean out the litterbox. Its biodegradeable and the critters wont come near my garden because they smell cat and cat it a natural predator. No chemicals, nothing on my veggies, and nothing harming the wildlife!

  • JS

    I use a product endorsed by Robin Hood I call stick and string. I use it on the deer. Then I make venison stew with the veggies from my garden. Deeelish!

  • Debbie

    I’ve had no trouble with animals in the garden. I use pinwheels and aluminum pie tins tied to string on stakes. The movement and the sound of the banging plates keep them away. Also the reflection and sounds these make at night or during the daytime keep the animals out. From rabbits, raccoons and deer, I haven’t had any problems since I started doing this several years ago.

    Pinwheels also add color and cheer to a garden.

    Where I got this was from an article I read years ago. Sorry I can’t remember where, but it does work.

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