Spicy Garden Salad

Last week, I shared that something had been eating the blooms off my petunias, and that I had started using crushed red pepper in addition to Liquid Stench Fence to help deter the critters.

That combo seems to be working.

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I’ve also now begun adding a little cayenne pepper to the mix.  And I have petunias again.

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These pink ones were never affected (perhaps they’re a different flavor?), but I also doused them with my new concoction, as well as the budding white glad there to the right. Deer just love glads.

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While I was at it, I also used the SSS (stinky spicy stuff) on these pots of petunias and sweet potato vines. Yes, they’re on the front porch, but you may recall that a deer recently climbed the steps to our deck, so I don’t put anything past those rascals.

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Although I haven’t seen any signs that deer find this begonia appetizing, I’m not taking any chances. It’s also getting the SSS.

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So far, so good.  Hopefully the deer/rabbits/whatever won’t develop a taste for the SSS; if so I’ll be looking to change the recipe.

Ah…..the challenges of a wannabe gardener in the summertime…..

~These Days Of Mine~

10 responses to “Spicy Garden Salad

  1. I have heard that concoction works magic on keeping everything away – sounds like you’ve managed to keep your critters from munching on the garden at last!


  2. I’m glad you’ve found a solution, Dianna. I for one, love crushed red pepper so I’d be all over your porch. 🙂

  3. So happy you have found a “solution” that works! I would love to know who the muncher/munchers are that have been targeting your flowers!

  4. Your SSS formula seems to have solved the problem Dianna. The trick is going to be remembering to spray…. at least that’s what happens here. About the time we remember, the deer and critters have had a wonderful salad to munch on.

  5. Glad you found something to use in the fight !
    It sounds like the kind of cocktail that would keep anything away ….
    : )

  6. So far, so good! The flowers are so lovely – hope they stay that way!!

  7. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Looks like your SSS is working, Dianna. Your flowers are lovely.

  8. I love your displays and planters. You have a charming talent for creating little smiles everywhere.
    Way-to-go on the stinky-spice-mix. I’m happy to hear it’s working.

  9. We may have to give your ‘recipe’ a try. The rabbits are eating our roses – leaving no leaves at all.

  10. And here’s my answer! You have bloomin’ petunias!

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