So last year we planted green beans in our garden and just as they were starting to come on something (probably deer) came along and ate them down to just stubs. I think I only got two servings of actual green beans off our garden.
My father gave me a suggestion of putting some cheap bars of soap around that the deer do not like the smell and would leave our garden alone. The soap won't hurt the plants and I figured that would look better than a fence. So I laid 4 bars of hotel room soap around our garden.
Then I was at the dentist and he said he heard citronella candles would keep deer away as well. Again, they don't like the smell and would leave. So I threw a couple of votive candles out in my garden as well.
A couple times I would go out to my garden and the soap would have bite and scratch marks on it, or be a couple feet away from the garden. Regardless if the soap and candles really worked or not, my green beans went unharmed and this past weekend I harvested a 5 gallon bucket almost full.
You know what that means?!?!?!? It's Canning Time!!! And I will have a whole week dedicated to canning on this blog and partnering with another blog during our "Canning Week Blog Party" August 23-27. Come back then for lots of tips, recipes, linky parties and give-a-ways all on canning.