Critter Protection – The Two Biggest Pests – Foundations of Organic Gardening Info Series

Container Garden on a desk away from Deer
Container Garden on a desk away from Deer

The two biggest issues people have gardening in this area are deer and Home Owner’s Associations (HOAs). You laugh, but it is true.

Honestly the two best ways to keep deer out are:

1. Fence your garden
2. Container garden on a deck or patio deer don’t frequent.

There are other ways to keep deer away, most involving something pretty smelly. You can buy a predator animal urine product or make your own smelly stuff with rotten eggs and milk, garlic and hot pepper. They do work and all these wash off in rains, so remember to reapply least those deer take advantage of a rainy night.

And if your HOA bans you from growing your own food, join them, get on the gardening committee (or make one) and be the person who helps them change their tune. It can be a rewarding community experience if you enter the process in the disposition of prior unity vs. opposition.


Want info on dealing with other critters, we cover allot more in the Foundations of Organic Gardening Course.