Asked on Jan 22, 2012

Deer resistant vegetables

Pat GRicardo BSouthern Trillium LLC
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How deer resistant are squash, peppers, and tomatoes? Any other suggestions? Bill in Williamson, Ga
19 answers
  • Donna McCrummen
    on Jan 22, 2012

    If the deer are hungry they will eat anything. And I mean anything.

  • 3po3
    on Jan 23, 2012

    Not very. As Donna said, deer will eat virtually anything, particularly the obvious and tasty food sources, such as our favorite vegetables. You might have more luck with garlic, onions, chives and other stinky items.

  • Tammie W
    on Jan 23, 2012

    They don't like to go in pumpkin patches if they are sprawled on the ground, tthe leaves are "sticky" on their legs.

  • The only deer resistant veggies I know of have a 12 gauge shotgun attached to the fruit. As Donna and Steve said, they do eat anything. Two years ago there was a place that grew tulips in the Bridgewater NJ area. They were to have some big display for all the flower growers in the tri-state area to show off all the latest and greatest varieties that they developed. Well the night before they were to have this event, someone left the front gate to the driveway open which was part of the deer fencing system. By morning there was nothing left over several acres of plantings. Only a few thousand green nubs stuck out of the ground.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 23, 2012

    Here is a good guide to vegetables and their relative deer-resistance: http://nwfarmsandfood.com/index.php/deer-resistant-vegetables.

  • Bill P
    on Jan 23, 2012

    Great web-site. Thanks.

  • Just leave the deer some soy sauce, so they can make stir fry and leave you the extra.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 24, 2012

    You're welcome, Bill.

  • David S
    on Jan 24, 2012

    MY NEIGHBOR HAS A 40'X40' GARDEN ON THE DOWNSIDE OF HIS PROPERTY NEXT TO THE WOODS ...........NOW COMES THE BUT ..........HE HAS AN ELECTRIFIED FENCE AROUND THE GARDEN ! DURING GROWING SEASON HE PLACES PEANUT BUTTER ON THE WIRES BEFORE TURNING ON THE ELECTRICITY . THE DEER COME UP TO LICK THE PEANUT BUTTER AND ......THAT'S ONE MORE DEER THAT WON'T RETURN ! HAS WORKED FOR OVER 3 YEARS . I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW HE CONTROLS THE SQUIRRELS . IT'S MY SOLUTION ALSO FOR SQUIRRELS AND CHIPMUNKS .AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN IN YOUR ATTIC .....YOU HAVE TO STOP PLAYING FAIR .

  • Walter Reeves
    on Jan 24, 2012

    I recently received a sample from http://wirelessdeerfence.com/ and it looks like it has potential. Get a kit and let us know what happens.

  • David S
    on Jan 24, 2012

    WALTER .....A FEW YEARS AGO AT THE SOUTHEASTERN FLOWER SHOW I PURCHASED EITHER THIS PRODUCT OR SOMETHING VERY CLOSE .....LATER , I ORDERED ADDITIONAL PROBES . THEY AIN'T CHEAP AND THEY DIDN'T WORK FOR ME . YOU COULD SEE DEER DROPPING RIGHT BY THE PROBES ! MAYBE THE DEER IN FAYETTE COUNTY ARE SMARTER . TRUST ME , IVE SPENT A LOTA MONEY ON ALL TYPES OF CURES AND NONE WORKED . I'VE GIVEN UP .....THEY HAVE WON .

  • Shirley Hodges Y
    on Jan 24, 2012

    Good luck!! I have to fence everything I plant because of the deer.

  • Ricardo B
    on Jan 24, 2012

    Bill, Bill, Bill... All of what you mentioned are all resistant to deer. Yep, all the deer just can't resist the temptation to eat all you have! I say... grow sufficient for you and plenty for them!

  • David S
    on Jan 25, 2012

    FOLKS ......I'M NOT TOTALLY HEARTLESS .....I'VE GOT A FAKE CORN STALK ON THE BACK SIDE OF MY LOT WITH EARS OF DRIED CORN FOR THEIR PLEASURE . FUNNY THING THOUGH , THEY CAN RARE UP AND EAT OFF MY KWANZEN CHERRY TREE ......BUT DON'T TOUCH THE TOP CORN COBS , GO FIGURE . ALSO . A FRIEND WITH A DEEPER LOT THAN MINE GROWS A CROP FOR THE DEER DURING GROWING SEASON .

  • Donna J
    on Jan 28, 2012

    Thanks for that website information, Douglas.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 28, 2012

    You're welcome, Donna. It was a good find.

  • Southern Trillium LLC
    on Feb 10, 2012

    I know this is a little late to the party, but I just stumbled across a 2010 photo of one of my pepper plants after the deer found it. Obviously, the enjoyed most of it, but left us something.

    q deer resistant vegetables, gardening, Pepper plant after the deer found it
  • Ricardo B
    on Feb 10, 2012

    Awww, at least they left you a good looking one!

  • Pat G
    on Feb 11, 2012

    don't forget about the rabbits! my fence is tall enough to keep the deer out, and still I have plants eaten.. figured it must be baby bunnies, so now I have to install a 3 foot high chicken wire inside the fence.

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