Tag Archives: crushed red pepper to deter deer or rabbits

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.

petunias and glad 6-14-2016 1-21-19 PM

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~

Random Five Friday

Where does the time go? It’s Friday again, so here are five random thoughts for today:

 1.) Earlier this week, we had dark clouds late in the day, then the sun came out in time to set. That always makes for dramatic photo opportunities.

golden hour clouds 6-7-2016 8-00-06 PM

2.) Motor Man took this picture of Gypsy yesterday.  When I forwarded it to Marshall, I commented that she looks so mellow.  Or drunk.


3.) “Something” has cut off the blooms on my petunias. I have my doubts that it was deer, since I’ve been faithfully spraying Liquid Stench Fence. So I’m trying something new:  crushed red pepper, along with the Liquid Fence.  That little cocktail should deter anyone.

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4.) And I’m sharing a couple more photos from our train ride weekend.  You may recall Barn Charm, a blog challenge where we shared photos of barns. We saw this charmer during the train ride, and I thought of Barn Charm. I sure miss it.

white barn 6-5-2016 4-31-30 PM

5.) And last but not least, a couple more photos from our weekend.  As we were having lunch at a cafe next to the train station last Sunday, we heard a vehicle approaching. It was an unmistakable rumble, and we waited:

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Did you notice the passenger? Yes, it’s real.  And he was having a ball.  It isn’t often you see a dog…wearing goggles….riding in a roadster. Here’s your smile for the day.

dog and man 6-5-2016 11-26-40 AM

Happy weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~