Barry had a great hint that he is lending us. He awakened me to some facts about Wintergreen Oil.
This Oil has been used in a surprising number of products such as chewing gum and candy, but also in liniments for sore muscles and arthritic conditions. But Barry says it has a largely unadvertised use as a deterrent to pesky animals and even birds!
When you have to leave your garbage out in town, or you want to keep your garden safe from deer, you can use this Wintergreen Oil (Oil of Wintergreen is the same thing).
He says that I just have to put a tiny dot on each cabbage leaf to discourage the deer from coming for nibbles. This problem can be huge for those with gardens grown close to wilderness areas inhabited by wildlife. The deer are as intrigued by new and different flavours and tastes after an arduous winter, as I am. As soon as I plant out my nursery cabbages, broccoli, etc., they sneak in when all is quiet – usually the early hours before anything is moving and waltz down the rows, chomping them off as they go. After all the work I go through to get them that far, that feels like a disaster. We’ve considered the cost of building a fence around the area. This could be a simple and cheap alternative! He says that it will discolor the spot on the plant, but this eventually becomes an outer leaf and I don’t usually use those in the end anyway.
When I bought a bottle from the pharmacy (it’s behind the counter – so you have to ask for it) and got it home, I thought I’d give our friendly pooch a sniff. I wasn’t very surprised at how she back off. She wanted nothing to do with it. We could be on to something big here!
If a dot will keep ravens, dogs, and cats away from your garden, or garbage, or yard…wow. Let me know if this works for you.
It is to be used with caution of course, because it can be fatal in large doses.