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Will deer eat garlic plants?

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I am thinking of planting my fall garlic into the front yard \"edible landscape\" which is frequently browsed by deer in our neighborhood. Those plants that are tempting are either sprayed with a rosemary/mint preventative or covered with netting. In order to free up some space in my veg garden and demonstrate more edibles up front I wanted to try planting the garlic out there but wonder if the deer are likely to eat it up? Or would the strong taste deter them?

Farmer Dave might have had some experience with deer & garlic plantings ...
I have never heard of deer eating garlic or onions. I have a small herd that cross my 10 acres every day on their way to the swamp & back. They eat beans, pea, cucumbers,eggplant, tomatoes,pepper plants,peanuts, & small corn. We have a wild garlic growing here that gets the size of a large thumb, or pigeon egg. It is too strong for me, but some people eat it & I have never seen where deer have eaten it. You can check out the group "garden pest" for ways to stop pest. I use cinnamon,black pepper, crushed red pepper, bone mill,coffee chaff to keep the deer away most of the year. Lights that are set in the garlic patch to shine up at 45 degrees will keep them away too. The light must be on a trip switch, so it comes on then goes out in a short time.
Maybe those deer want to be part of your seasonal harvest, Joel. As EJ said of giving his juice-pulp-pressings to their  chickens: "I'll eat them over-easy tomorrow." Has anyone experimented with bad-footing to deter deer in sensitive places? I once installed a big front-flower-garden ahead of a big wedding in a location where deer came to browse & uprooted new plants more than ate them. I had read that bad-footing would deter deer & set out dozens of inverted plastic plant-flats daily to make the pathways to the garden less welcoming during the browsing hours. Oh for a garden cam! The garden survived intact but I wasn't there to see at browsing time. Tentative conclusion: In a less formal place it might pay to roll out some old fencing wire on the ground you want to protect - if you have some.
Good Ideal, but if I had fence & the time I would put it up & tie pie pans on it. As for harvesting the beans again, last year a local tried his luck & got nothing. This year another hopes to bag a few & has offered to share. I just want them to leave my garden alone, but eating what bugs you can be helpful.
Our Idaho deer can clear any normal fence at a single bound but seem to dislike walking on strange, spongy footing.  Last night the beans didn't get covered & are somewhat browned - may get torn out today. The facilities-manager told me she plans to take up the tomato vines "and hang them upside down in the basement to ripen." Do you know anything about this method? I affirmed that the seed-harvest can continue ripening in the garden - light, seasonal freezing will not spoil a seed harvest. We have lots of Kale, Parsley & Cilantro seed coming on. Lettuce & Spinach may make seed crops. Depends upon snow-weather & human patience.  :-)
To my knowledge all deer jump about the same( Santa's Raindeer do better), that the reason for the pie pans. The shine, noise keep most deer away. Green tomatoes,peppers & bananas will not riping, only rot. Your friend is finishing the tomatoes, that are already starting to ripen. I know they look green, but they are what the pickers call breaking. Sometimes you can see veins/lines of white or pink in the "green" tomatoes, breaking the green plane in the skin of tomatoes. My brother-in-law raised tomatoes on a truck farm, before he started his vineyard & winery for muscadine. But the short answer is yes the tomatoes will ripen, just like the bananas do. The only reason for hanging them up is, it is quicker then picking & you get more air flow, less mold. As for seed crop, you could plant a few hills of spinch eary & keep it watered, so it would seed out. My spring tender greens(mustard) went to seed. I turned the soil to mix in compost for tomatoes & banana peppers. Late summer,July or August a green came up voluntary & I have picked the leaves 4 times & it is still growing. I only watered the green when I watered the tomatoes, once a week most weeks. Thank you for the deer tip, "strange spongy footing.
The tomatoes did go to the airy basement storage room today & I am glad for your assurance that they will continue ripening! Thanks, Joel! This is interesting progress, because the facilities-manager has previously always put tidiness first - but this was her idea!  :-) And thanks for the early seed-harvest-planting thought! We want to get people around here thinking about the seed harvest as an integral part of the garden season. The question is always "how-to?" & the idea of planning a seed-planting first thing in the season fits most people's gardening-enthusiasm patterns & personalities.
Basically deers does not eat garlic plants..garlic plants has strong odor which prevents deer to get near to the plants.It's very irritable for even deers.squirrel trap
<p> To revisit this topic after the fact: the answer is the front yard is an excellent place for garlic, and the deer did not eat it.  Everything else around it that looked even slightly tasty and was not protected, yes.  The garlic, they sampled one or two, and decided it was too pungent for their delicate taste buds.  </p><p> Planting it in the front yard gave the garlic plenty of sun, started several conversations from curious visitors, and freed up a lot of space in the veg garden for short-season annuals (garlic's in there a long time, Oct-July or so). </p>

 

 

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