What Are You Feeding The Deer This Summer?

What Are You Feeding The Deer This Summer

How many of you feed deer? I feed deer primarily in the winter to help them get through Wisconsin's harsh winters; we also like to watch them.
Fall the pests that can raise holy hell on your landscape; few are as destructive as deer. Whether they are alone or in small herds, they can wipe out entire vegetable gardens, flower gardens, trees, and shrubs, and they virtually do it overnight. Even folks who are plagued by deer admit to a curious love/hate relationship with them. After all, they're a beautiful sight to behold while you sit on the deck with a cocktail and watch the sun go down. We enjoy watching the deer. I have had as many as seven deer in at a time. In the rut, it is exhilarating.
Hungry deer will eat almost anything—including the foods listed on our "won't eat" list. It partly depends on what else is available and how hungry the deer are. Deer in different regions have different palates. And the deer in your backyard might not be the only one in the neighborhood that enjoys gobbling morning glories.
What Deer LikeDeer often go for tender greens of lettuce, pansy, ivy, hosta, and most young plants. Spring and early-summer plants, including tulips, lilies, and roses, seem especially delectable to deer. They feast on fruits of all kinds, from strawberries to fruit trees and fallen fruit. Deer will eat bark, twigs, and leaves of most trees and shrubs. They damage woody plants, particularly during winter, when food is scarce.
Deer will do anything and everything to get their hands (or hooves) on your flowers and vegetables. Keep deer from eating their way through your garden with these solutions.
Build a Deer FenceThe ideal deer fence should be at least 10 and preferably 12 feet tall, and the cross pieces, whether wire or wood, should be spaced eight inches apart. If they are any more comprehensive, the deer can squeeze through them. It's also an excellent idea to electrify the fence. Even better is a fence that slants outward at a 45-degree angle and rises to a height of 4 feet. You see, it's the depth of the fence rather than the height that keeps the deer from jumping over it. Some people may not be able to afford these types of barriers, or it's possible that they may be in violation of local ordinances.
For minor deer problems, wrap the trunks of trees with 4-foot-high galvanized hardware cloth or chicken wire, or use either material to encircle plants prone to attack.
The best-known deer repellent is ordinary bar soap. Hung from strings in trees or large shrubs, whether wrapped or unwrapped, the scent of the soap is said to keep deer away. Some people even attach soap bars to stakes, placed at 10- to 15-foot intervals along the perimeter of their property or garden area.
Another favorite repellent is human hair, the smell of which is also said to send deer scurrying elsewhere. Just ask a barber or hairdresser to collect a bag full of hair, and then stuff a handful of it into the leg of an old pantyhose and hang it in your trees and shrubs or scatter it about your garden beds as if it were mulch.
How about rotten eggs as a means of repelling deer? Some commercial deer repellents contain what's called putrescent whole egg solids, which is a solution containing rotten eggs. Whether you use the store-bought or mix up your own, the stench is just as offensive to deer as it is to people. To make your own, mix five whole eggs in five quarts of water, add that to a sprayer of some kind, and drench your plants. Here is a recipe I use, and it does work!
Homemade Deer Repellent
Three eggs
Three tbls. of red hot sauce
Three tbls. of garlic juice or minced
Add enough water to a blender to process and mix well. Add this to a gallon of water and spray on plants. You have to do this after every time it rains. The only drawback. The month of June I used bar soap. Grated and sprinkled around the border of the garden. They raided my sunflower plants. I switched up to this recipe and stopped them. Three weeks now without a deer. I have been using solar motion lights also, seems to be working so far. 

I can't wait to get my hands on one of these! I checked them out on the "Scare Crow" looks like the buyers choice. Watch the video they are funny. Motion-activated sprinklers are a real game-changer when it comes to deterring deer from specific garden areas, but not all of them are created equal. When they sense motion, these sprinklers deliver a sharp burst of water in the direction of the movement, scaring the wits out of the deer and sending them running. The range of the sprinkler’s aim can be easily adjusted to target a reasonably particular area, making them ideal for protecting vegetable gardens and individual shrub or flower beds. the only disappointing thing is. It is not solar, and I suggest buying rechargeable batteries, save some dough. I hope this article gives you some ideas how to combat Deer. It is always a challenge. Who doesn't like a good challenge? 5/14/2018 Resources for the article are

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10 Steps To Growing Productive Vegetables

10 Steps to Growing a Productive Vegetable Garden.  Few gardening endeavors are as enjoyable or rewarding as growing your vegetables. The pure pleasure of strolling through your garden as you harvest tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and the like for that day’s meal is only heightened by the knowledge that you’re experiencing the freshest, most flavorful and nutritious produce nature can create.

1. Choose varieties that grow well in your zone. Not all vegetable varieties grow well in all areas. Ask your local nursery or cooperative extension office which varieties are best for where you live. There may be varieties that resist diseases specific to your area, or that produce better crops under your climate conditions.

2. Plant at the right time of year. Seed packets generally state the proper time to plant. In some areas planting windows are very narrow, and you must hit them reasonably precisely for a bountiful harvest. In other areas, you can plant several times over the summer and maintain a more extended harvest season. Your local nursery or cooperative extension office is the best source for local planting dates.

3. Prepare the soil adequately before planting. Work in generous amounts of organic matter such as compost or composted manure. If you don’t use composted manure, which already contains nitrogen, also work in a complete fertilizer.

4. Plant properly. Sow seed at the proper depth and space, follow the directions on the package. Vegetables planted too close will produce poorly, as to overcrowding. If you are transplanting, make sure not to plant too deep, the stems could rot, use a hand trowel to dig the hole just deep enough to bury the root ball. Make sure it is level with the surface.

5. Water consistently. Maintain even soil moisture, so plants do not dry out, but don’t over-water. Water deeply, then give the soil time to dry partially before watering again. Inconsistent watering will reduce yields in most vegetables, and make others – like cucumbers and lettuce – taste bitter. Installing a drip irrigation system connected to an automatic timer is your best bet. Soaker hoses work well also, less water on the leaves.

6. Fertilize regularly. Maintaining vigorous growth is very important with almost all vegetables. Most should be fed with a nitrogen fertilizer at least every 4 to 6 weeks. However, be careful not to over-fertilize, which can cause some vegetables, especially tomatoes, to produce less.

7. Mulch.  2- to 3-inch layer of organic matter applied over the roots of your vegetable plants will cool the soil, reduce weeds, and help prevent soil moisture fluctuations that ruin quality. It is handy to have a compost pile or a composter. If you do not have compost pile start today. Utilize all you waste.

8. Eliminate weeds. Weeds compete with vegetables for water, nutrients, and sunlight, thus reducing yields. Pull weeds by hand and cultivate the soil frequently to keep them to a minimum. Weeds do help hold water I just cut the flowers to prevent more seeds.

9. Harvest often. Many vegetables, especially beans, squash, peppers, and cucumbers, will stop producing if not harvested frequently. I Pick every day in July and August. If you can’t eat all you gather, vacuum pack and freeze or start canning. August and September we will be canning weekly.

10. Control of insect pests. Check your plants daily. Many insects enjoy fresh vegetables as much as you do. Always keep an eye open for insect damage, and protect your plants with a solution labeled for use on vegetables. Do organic search recipes, for pest control. There is no reason to use nasty chemicals. Think about what you are putting in your mouth. I hope these tips will help with a successful growing season. 5/10/2018

4 Beautiful, Fun DIY Garden Ideas

The start of warmer weather signals the beginning of the gardening season. You can bring your entire garden to life with fun and creativ...