Deer repellant that’s good enough to eat


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Deer repellant that's good enough to eat

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. uh….that’s weird.

    In my experience the best deer repellants are the ones that stink! I guess they would technically be edible since they are made with raw eggs, hot sauce, veg oil, etc. gross!

  2. I do a lot of garden programs on using plants that are deer resistant, and at all of them there is at least one person who highly recommends this lady’s product line–I Must Garden.

    Her operation is near Durham NC and so a lot of people in our area use her stuff very successfully.

    None of it is toxic–just garlic, eggs, hot peppers, etc., but it’s been very effective at keeping deer at bay. She also has products for moles, ants, etc. Just google up I Must Garden for details.

    Oh and she’s a really nice person too.

  3. I really actually like her stuff. We have a MAJOR mosquito problem in our yard, being in the south, near a tidal creek, with a drainage easement in our backyard.

    All fun aside, if you need help with keeping away certain critters (even if you won’t admit it), this stuff beats the HECK out of all of the stinky stuff I’ve tried.

  4. That stuff sounds expensive!….and how often does one need to reapply? Most likely after every rain.

    I came up with a kinetic sculpture/noise making contraption that managed to keep the deer out of our garden this past summer with un-natural noise. You can make one out of an old electric drill and some spare parts for about 20 bucks. I’ve got pictures, notes, and free plans at if your interested in exploring a solution that is a bit unconventional.

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