Just an FYI to all who grow radishes. Beware. Deer love the tops.
They've pulled most of my nice fat radishes up just trying to nip off
the greens. I didn't expect this since radish tops are hairy but I
was wrong. Also discovered that deer like the Jerusalem artichoke
leaves that are just emerging from the ground. Again, very prickly,
hairy leaves, yet the deer like them. There are plenty of other
goodies to eat around here - non-veggie garden treats, but apparently
what I am growing is delicious. Additional fencing is going up even
as I write.
On Tue, 03 Jul 2007 20:11:46 -0700, Thistletoes wrote:
Have you tried hanging bars of soap around your garden? I was at the
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller national park a couple of weeks ago and they
had soap hanging on poles around all of their gardens. The ranger said
that it deters dear. I don't know if it actually works but you could give
it a try.
I'll try the soap. I have heard that before. We've got the fence up,
rather slap-dash but it is working; just not pretty. That is
surprising about your okra plants as they are prickly, too. Next
year I will be better prepared. At least I am getting a nice crop of
squash, tomatoes are growing well, and I have replanted my radishes
I don't know if it works (in town, no deer) but folks have told me that
deer do not like rosemary and to plant it at the borders of your garden.
If you have ample rosemary or know folks who do, you might try attaching
branches of it to the fence or even laying it among your garden plants the
deer are preferring. If it works, great; if not, you've not spent
beaucoup bucks on rosemary plants and time planting them.
LOL!!! And silly me planted THREE of them! The fourth I had put in a
large pot and gave away in its third year; what I gave was a small tree
which had replaced the small bush I started with.
The first year I had one, I harvested from it so it stayed very small
which is why I bought three more the following spring and planted one of
them just six feet from the first one. Oh, well. The third one I planted
near the asparagus, not good either. That second one (near the first one)
I planted next to a favorite rose because someone told me it would keep
pests off roses - Ladybugs would have been enough. As you can imagine, my
poor rose has its entire lower part covered by rosemary branches. I'm
hoping to get out there this fall and correct the situation by thoroughly
soaking the roots and trying to separate rose and rosemary. If
successful, I'll start a rosemary hedge along the front sidewalk. <g>
The best way we learn seems to be trial and error, and I have a lot of
trial and error learning!
If I were close enough, I sure donate a wheelbarrow full of rosemary
branches to Deb so she could see if it is, indeed, a deer repellant. A
bit of cayenne pepper on the deer target food might be beneficial. Some
folks have had success with electric wire, say the deer don't see it and
make contact, twice and no more. Again, we have no deer here so I cannot
personally vouch for any of those suggestions.
For those how don't know and have an abundance of rosemary, the branches
(stripped of leaves/needles) make great shish kabob sticks. Might want to
soak them in water just before putting the food on them depending on how
long the branches/stems have been cut.
On Jul 10, 11:04 am, email@example.com (Glenna Rose) wrote:
Thanks for all of these ideas, especially the shish kabob sticks. I
am curious now about the rosemary tree. It must take years for a
plant to get that woody. right? Yes, I do have a rosemary plant
which is small as I purchased it in a 3" pot just this spring. I will
start more for next year and place them strategically. We have a
terrible deer problem here - I think this is deer capital of the
NorthWest. People move here just to hunt them. Poor things. I say
that until I see my ravaged garden. Then I use other adjectives.
Come to think of it, the chard was right next to the rosemary and they
scalped it anyway. Hmm. Maybe I should sit up nights in my rocking
chair just waiting with a slingshot. The problem is, while we might
scare one deer with electric fences or repel them with rosemary and
cayenne, there are dozens more to take their place. I speak quite
literally. LOL. Perhaps I should give up gardening and just eat
Billy mentioned motion sprinklers; they do work quite well. That brings
to mind another device that works for the purpose designed. There is a
cat control device, battery operated like the sprinklers, that has a laser
light connection like a garage door sensor, and emits a high-pitched sound
that keeps the cats from crossing it. The frequency may or may not work
for deer, but it, or something like it, might be worth a try. Mine came
from Wilco (or Cenex, whichever it is, I forget which way the name change
My poor cat - One day I picked him up and walked over to the gate to go
out it and he about went nuts trying to get away. I had forgotten the
sensor (not audible to me); he knew as we approached the gate that the
sensor was about to sound and he didn't want to be there. So it works for
cats for certain; it's been over a year the battery has needed replacement
and he still doesn't go over that gate.
The "secret" of the the rosemary is to not harvest the first year so it
can become well established (no one told me that part, hence the
additional purchases). By the third year, there should be more than
enough branches to harvest for shish kabob sticks leaving lots for the
next year. Your bush will likely be a tree year after next. I say tree,
not so much for height (mine are 3-4 feet) but more for the thickness of
the main branches and the trunk; it won't be cut down at the base with
standard pruning shears, loppers would be needed. This is all said with
the thought you do not have the low-growing or miniature rosemary; I've
not seen what they do. Also, when they bloom, they are quite lovely, and
are great for kitchen bouquets; I wish rosemary and chives blossomed at
the same time with a few sage blossoms added. The rosemary blossoms are
quite lovely in a tall, slender vase; I often add some fennel for the fern
look though it is prone to wilt.
Where in the Northwest are you? I'm 120 miles south of Tacoma. When it
cools off a bit, I will be trimming each of the three rosemary plants by
about a third (I think everyone says to only prune 1/3 of a plant), and if
you are close enough, you can certainly have all the trimmings, either for
starts or for shish kabob sticks (or both).
Actually, Billy, where I am it was 104 F yesterday. The record was 103 F
in 1926. I grew up in eastern Washington and it has been hotter here this
week than it is there. Today was supposed to be considerably cooler, but
they missed, I've not heard the official high yet but it is at least 96 F.
As you can imagine, I am staying inside after 10 a.m. as much as
possible. I turned on the air conditioner three different times yesterday
for a couple hours each. I step into the garage, it's warmer, then on to
the covered patio, warmer still, then outside and it's an oven. This is
so not typical for southwest Washington. I've not looked at my lettuce
today but I suspect it will be bolting now. It's been so nice to have
salad every day for the last several weeks, but I suspect that's about
over. :-( I still have tomato plants to put in the ground, but what
doesn't happen before 10 a.m. doesn't get done. I've been giving them
away to everyone who wants any, but still have some. The last may go next
Yes, it is rather unusual. We get into the high 90s but that is not the
rule. In this area, high 80s, low 90s is considered hot. Temps 100 and
above are the exception. My first years west of the Cascades, I thought
that was a bit odd, but have learned it's normal; however, our 95 is far
worse than east of the Cascades 105 because of the humidity. Thankfully,
it's not like Georgia and Louisiana (not that humid). Our weather is
generally mild but totally unpredictable. In any two week summer period
that temps can range 65 to 95, that's high day temp, not night and day
(sometimes even a 4-day period). Our 104 yesterday was the highest in
Washington state (I think Oregon as well but not sure); that might very
well be a first. If it wasn't a first, it sure was the exception!
Portland's high yesterday was 102; even the northern coast of Oregon was
hot. One coastal town set a record high of over 20 degrees higher of any
past year; usually the coast is much cooler than we are at 100 miles
inland. Astoria was 92, usually mid 70s like the day before when it was
70 and 66 today. The southern Oregon coast was its usual 60s and 70s.
Yesterday, even Mt. Hood was only 20 degrees cooler than Portland, not
worth the drive, me thinks.
I clearly remember a week in May, 1973, when we had cold weather (60s); my
middle son caught a cold on Monday, almost died with bronchial pneumonia
when the temp shot to high 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday; when he was out
of the hospital three days later, the temps were down again into the high
Today, Pasco got the 104 which is more like it (eastern Washington).
Weather patterns are so peculiar with one part of the country plagued with
dry, heat and wildfires and another being washed away by unusual rains.
If one were to review a history of our high/low temps in this area, the
thing that would stand out is that there really is no pattern. In 1966,
my husband's aunt and uncle visited the area for two weeks from Virginia.
We had not a drop of rain from the end of May until the end of September .
. . except the two weeks in July they were here when it poured the entire
time. The uncle worked on a dam back east and wanted to visit Bonneville
Dam but did not because of the downpour we had. I don't even remember any
time in the 40+ years I've lived in western Washington that it was that
extreme. Usually, our Octobers are fairly wet, but October of 1988 was
dry to the end - my ex counted on the early October rain to not have to
paint the house, he delayed until the first week of October. (Do you hear
me laughing for the next four weeks as he had to finish as there was
little rain?!! There are reasons he is ex.) So really, the only thing
you can say about western Washington weather is that it is unpredictable
times ten. It makes the growing season a bit unpredictable as well.
As an aside, this is the first year we've gotten to actually pick our
cherries, both types. The starlings didn't strip the trees as they
usually do. I see few apples on the trees and only half the pears as
usual. There seems to be not too many honey bees though an ample supply
of bumble bees. I wasn't paying attention to the mason bees earlier so
can't say about them. It may be a bit early for the garden spiders (orb,
I think they're called), but there doesn't seem to be as many of them.
(All this applies to only my own yard.) With the planted crops, it's
difficult to tell as I'm not consistent about when, where and what I
plant. I did harvest my first tomatoes yesterday, but they were sun golds
so don't really count. Often by July 10th (my grandfather's birthday), I
have multiple ripe tomatoes but then I get them planted earlier than I did
This last couple of days, the two birdhouse gourd plants and luffa plants
have actually started growing, one each in the ground and one each still
in the pot. The heat has been good to them. Maybe, this will be the year
I finally get something on a gourd or luffa plant! One can hope. The
Jerusalem artichoke is doing very well, a good five feet tall - it was
mis-tagged three years ago as a comfrey plant. (Maybe the deer would like
As I type, the clouds have moved in, the humidity has risen very much and
it looks really dark though it's only 8:30 p.m. We have thunder and
lightening storms predicted for tonight and tomorrow night. Unpredictable
is the norm, but it's still a great place to live.
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