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Other Resources

For those with a love of nature and plantings, there are so many resources to view.
We will provide some examples for you.

Hershey Gardens Safe Deer Spray Recipe

Used to controls insects and fungus

Mix  1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 cup water

Add: 1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
        1 tablespoon dish soap

         1 tablespoon vegetable 
         oil (or any cooking oil)

Add this mixture to 1 gallon water.

Spray every 7-10 days and immediately after rain.    



Homemade Deer Repellants


Blend together 1 egg, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, 1 tablespoon Dawn liquid dish soap, and 1 gallon water.  Minced garlic optional. Spray every 7 days.



Drill holes in small bars of strong-smelling soap, such as Irish Spring or Dial; string up and hang in trees frequented by deer.

Hot Spray

Mix 3-4 teaspoons of hot sauce in a gallon of water. Spray on plants and shrubs.

Homemade Garlic-Mint Garden Insect Spray

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 24 hours

A DIY garden bug spray that is easy to make and use, and really works!

Author: Jami Boys - An Oregon Cottage

Recipe type: Organic Garden Bug Spray

Yield: 12 cups


  • 2 whole heads garlic, cloves separated and peeled

  • 3 c. mint leaves (and stems, too - I just throw it all in now)

  • 2 tsp. dry cayenne pepper

  • 12 c. water

  • 2 small squirts of biodegradable dishwashing liquid


  1. Add the garlic and mint to a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.

  2. Transfer mixture to a large pot and add the cayenne and 12c. water.

  3. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and let sit overnight.

  4. Strain into a couple spray bottles (or gallon garden sprayer) and add the two small squirts of dish soap.

  5. To Use:- shake well before each use

  6. This mainly repels bugs, though if they rub against it, it can kill them.

  7. Spray all the leaves on affected plants, including the undersides - preferably on a cloudy day so as not to burn the plants.

  8. Wait a few days to see the affect and then apply more if needed (many times I’ve only needed to do one application)


- This is like a pepper spray, so you can protect your skin and eyes like you would when using any hot peppers, although the potency is less because it only uses dried cayenne.
- Wait a few days to harvest after using so there isn't any spicy residuals (I only used 2 applications the whole summer, so there never was any taste to the produce).
- The scent keeps bugs away, but I still had ladybugs and bees, maybe because I only used the spray a few times.

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