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Walking Widdershins

No deerFirst we're sacraficing roosters, now I find myself walking widdershins around the garden sprinkling a foul-smelling fluid on the ground.  I haven't resorted to witchcraft, though, in my attempts to repel the deer --- it just looks like it.

We're trying a new technique in our ongoing battle against the deer --- sprinkling aftershave where the deer are entering our garden.  We got the idea from a landscaper who told us to go to the dollar store and buy three different kinds of cheap cologne, aftershave, soap, etc.  The trick seems to be variety, so we plan to use a different kind every week or so. 
Today I circled the whole garden with the foulest aftershave I've ever smelled, and I was certainly repelled.  Now we'll just have to wait and see what the deer think of it!

Rather than turning this into one of those massive blog posts I'm guilty of, I'm putting a rundown of all of the deer repellant techniques we've tried on our new resources page.  Check it out!



We finally solved the deer in the garden problem, and the solution was so elegant we gave it a new website.  Check out our deer deterrent website for free plans!





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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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