DIY Deer Juice Garden Spray
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Deer rely heavily on their sense of smell for feeding, so the strong scented scallions and garlic, as well as the fragrant soap, works as the first line of defense. The cayenne and chili powders should deter them if they decide to munch.
Recipe type: Garden Solutions
Serves: Many deer!
  • 2 bunches scallions
  • 2 heads garlic
  • 1 bar Fels Naptha soap
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup cayenne powder
  • 1 cup chili powder
  1. Process the scallions and garlic or coarsely chop.
  2. Grate the soap.
  3. Place the scallion mixture, grated soap, eggs, and spices in a large piece of cheese cloth and tie up ends tightly.
  4. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with hot water.
  5. Place the pouch in the water and cover tightly. Allow to sit undisturbed for 1 week.
  6. Transfer in batches to a pump sprayer. Apply to shrubs and plants weekly and after each rainfall.
To speed up the process, I grind up the garlic and scallions in a food processor. You don’t have to do this but I have found it makes the juice a little more potent.

Use a box grater or the shredder attachment on your food processor to grate the soap.

Discount stores usually have very inexpensive spices like the cayenne and chili powder used in this recipe.

Recipe adapted from This Old House magazine.
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