Ya know, I could have said many things such as the critters didn't eat my jalapenos but they did eat my cherry tomatoes. Surprisingly they didn't eat my basil outside the fence last year either. So, you'll never see them munching on them. Most, if not all of the responses danced around the answer. This year I'm trying Velvet Red cherry tomato(extra fuzzy leaves)with Borage(fuzzy prickly leaves)on either side of it as an experiment. Plums They bloom reliably all season long in vibrant pink, red, yellow, and orange. The lion that wouldn’t eat meat by David Catchpoole From 1946 to 1955, A female African lion, born and raised in America, lived her entire lifetime of nine years without ever eating meat. Onions My fruit trees are another matter -- but I'm working with mylar balloons and old computer disks, tied to trees, for scare purposes. Deer can be a little lazy about digging up root vegetables, but this doesn’t mean they won’t eat their aerial foliage. There is a time to dance and this wasn't it! Be careful introducing mole plants to your landscape. Hardware cloth is tacked to the bottom, to prevent burrowing critters. The Connecticut Cooperative Extension System is an equal opportunity employer and program provider. They eat everything, but onions & they walk on them.They leave the Cole plant be, some winters. Dan - Just adding a little Tobasco makes anything edible! With the river closeby and large sections of woods in the city, it really isn't surprising. Plants with spiny or prickly stems and flowers that are highly aromatic generally deter animals from feasting on them. Their coop and yard are under/near a 20 yr old green ash Asparagus It’s not just wild animals that can be a problem on your permaculture plot; domestic pets can too. In the veggie areas, I plant zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, radishes and nasturtiums around the beans, cabbage, broccoli and lettuce. some UNGARDENERS give peanut to the TREE RATS so they are everywhere burying stuff all day long.There are more critters here that bother me than our other home in BFCThanks for letting me vent. Lavender Sage Revised by the UConn Home & Garden Education Center, 2017. UConn Extension They have never bothered my pepper or eggplants. Just keep a wide border of hostas, lilies, roses, etc Round the edge of the garden - they'll be so busy without he ornamentals they'll ignore the edibles! I have 20 acres and much of it is wooded on the west end of the Kansas side of Kansas City and the deer chew on my fruit trees. Well Jack, you are wrong, again! ;). They won't eat rhubarb either. But you have to admit you have a way of going off topic. The question in short: Is there anything that the critters wouldn’tlike? The fact that these must-have specimens are also plants that groundhogs don't eat is simply a bonus. Eggplant Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Dean of the College, Cooperative Extension System, University of Connecticut, Storrs. There are no natural predators for them anymore and they are overpopulating the woods in and around the city. Angelonia is one type of annual flower that animals usually don't eat. This has kept my corn and beans safe from them as they will eat both at the young stage. Deer Resistant Vegetables and Herbs Printable PDF If you want to minimize deer damage in an open garden, it’s best to start with plants that deer don’t like. I was just like you, I planted alot of stuff one year only to have those rats dig it up and eat it. Concur; They leave squash, Irish potatoes, Eggplant alone for me, but they do a number on most of the other veggies. Onions and garlic ought to be safe. If you grind them up, in principle they are edible, though not very tasty or nutritious. They want to come up and dine but that man is out there! That I can put in the areas they'd be most likely reach? Many folks - with small back yards here in So. Rutabagas We have had no luck with it because the deer eat the plants. Mint You might want to pick an area for a veggie garden and put up a 6' fence -- wire fencing and stakes are not very expensive. I use cut sapling trunks tied onto metal T posts to hold it up (because my garden is next to the woods), but 2x2s would work as well. Parsley LOL, I hope things work out with your mom's garden :), So load your deer in a trailer and send them to Washington State for charm school. If you don't want to add a fence (I didn't because we love our view and the garden is really secondary) then companion planting may be your best alternative. dont have deer here but squirrel population here in cityburbs is ridiculous. Rabbits in My Garden (What They Will and Won’t Eat!) Okra I can hear them snorting angrily in the woods. Rabbits avoid calendulas, chrysanthemums, columbines, four o’clocks, foxglove, gladiolus, hollyhocks, impatiens, iris, larkspur, morning glories, nicotiana, snapdragons, sweet peas, and verbena. Revised by the UConn Home & Garden Education Center, 2017. I'm thinking onion and garlic would probably not be favored by critters, anything else that they wouldn't like? Home Cultivars with strong odors such as onions, garlic and fennel are not palatable to deer. It can make you feel like you need a guard tower and security lights to keep your plants safe because it’s impossible to predict which will be grazed or outright consumed by deer and rabbits each season. Related plants are fringed bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia) and Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria). Chard Food Safety But it is becoming a huge problem. Unfortunately every type of slug and other insect s that eat my veggies. Nothing penetrates the hardware bottoms - such as gophers, moles, voles, etc. Geraniums are a popular garden plant for a good reason. Plants rarely damaged Carrot (tops) daninthedirt (USDA 8a, HZ10, Cent TX, Sunset z30, Cfa. Install a motion sensor light that shines on the yard. Great ideas. Unfortunately, even the "lists" aren't absolute. Plant marigolds around the perimeter of your vegetable garden to detract them from the vegetables. These blow in the air and make noises and flashes the deer don't like. Hungry deer are unpredictable and at times may eat even the most “deer-resistant” fare. Dill I hope you feel better now. I live in the Kansas City area and the deer around here are in outrageous numbers. If I lived in deer country with woods out the back door I'd bury hardware cloth around the perimeter at the same time I put up deer fence. They won't eat oregano, thyme, or sage. OK jenny. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, Stop Code 9410, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964. They don't like anything with a strong scent...herbs like lavender and rosemary, chives, onions and garlic(garlic is used in many deer "repellents"). The bright yellow flowers make up a mound that measure almost 20 inches across. In drought years or when there is heavy snow cover deer may eat just about anything but in normal conditions they pretty much leave my unfenced gardens alone (unless I grow sweet corn that draws them in and then they eat the corn and just about everything else). If you are still having a deer problem I can help. Deer Favorites I built some 1 in. (George Weigel) Q: I planted begonias this spring, and some animal dug up and ate almost all of them. In the veggie areas, I plant zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, radishes and nasturtiums around the beans, cabbage, broccoli and lettuce. I think it is the strong oder they put out. Deer do not like the smell of marigolds. Coneflowers, daisies, coral bells, salvia, veronica, peonies, columbine, sweet woodruff, pansies, star jasmine and white petunias don't seem to interest them either. Certain plants, such as rhubarb, are toxic to deer. They will eat tomato plants some years and other years they won't touch them. Melons We don't have deer but those listed can do as much damage. Deer also don’t tend to like plants with thick, hairy, or prickly leaves or stems. Beets Oris she capable of climbing into a caged in area and so-on. It's not even what they will or won't eat, sometimes it's just the taste they take that will wreck your garden. These boxes were begun almost 10 years ago, and have worked well over that length of time, keeping out raccoons, skunks, cats, etc. This plant needs lots of sunlight in order to do well. The Connecticut Cooperative Extension System is an equal opportunity employer and program provider. I know borage works as mentioned above for smaller critters. Berries (most kinds) It would be nice if there were plants that are truly rabbit-proof, but as with other animals, rabbits can surprise you. Highly freeze-tolerant, unaffected by disease, and they don't even need much water! They are light weight - moving easily when needed. In my garden, deer haven't bothered with eggplants, potatoes, and other solanums EXCEPT tomatoes, but your mileage may vary, as they say. For example, they are very fond of carrot tops but rarely eat the carrots. Kohlrabi I apologize for the rest of the comments. Globe Artichokes There are actually a few plants that rabbits and deer won’t eat. Plants woodchucks won’t eat Plants Groundhogs Tend to Avoid Standard Groundhogs are attracted to our gardens and can cause considerable damage. Okra, those few years it actually tries to grow here, is one of the first things, along with soybeans and sweet potato foliage, that they attack. If there is no food source, there is no need for a mouse to hang out or make a home in your garden. The Century Plant is one of the most popular Agave varieties for gardens.Agave plants need full sun and gritty, well-draining soil. Another drought this year and they are eating okra, which they normally don't bother. The balloons bob and weave with every little breeze, and CD's turn and shoot flashes of light. PVC pipe cages - about 3 ft tall, - sized to fit half of the box, and wrapped chicken wire around them. I don't think potatoes, peppers, or eggplants are high on They won’t eat the plants, but digging and scratching at the ground can cause significant damage to plants. Bok Choy I had a few get out this year and they But I think the cages - mentioned above will keep out most everything, except small mice, snails, and chewing insects. You can safely grow potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Rolls are 100 or 110 ft long for about $20. They eat their way through many precious plants including roses, fruit trees and bedding plants, even hardy native plants which do not appear tasty at all! Dan! Brussels Sprouts The seem to ignore all my cole crops. Plants with spiny or prickly stems and flowers that are highly aromatic I got excited when I heard it said that they won't eat poisonous plants. Everyone...don't bother planting anything because the critters will eat it! Pears Animals such as deer, rabbits and rodents can be a nuisance in your garden, feeding on your outside plants. Summer Squash I've tried to "shoo" them away from my plants and they just snort at me so I keep my distance(but if I jump up and wave my arms, they will trot away eventually). Lemon Balm You really know how to make an entrance don't you? This was a simple question and it looks like most everyone danced around it. Some of these are most likely resistant to other animals. 03 of 11 I joined to remark on how most, if not all of these comments dances around the question. How To Grow A Garden That The Deer Won’t Eat We have tried to have a vegetable garden for several years. Alright Jack, I'll bite. That I can put in the areas they'd be most likelyreach? Say how you can help or you are wasting our time. DAng rabbits hide everywhere. Thyme You see, after I finished reading all of these wonderful and informative comments, I did further research and LEARNED (because I am still capable of admitting I don't know everything) that deer/critters in one area will eat some things while deer/critters in other areas eat other things and that most vegetables will ultimately be subject to deer/critter consumption. They decimated most of my container peppers last year, but left my Rocoto peppers alone as they have fuzzy leaves. Alliums appear on almost every deer and rodent proof list of ornamental bulbs, but I had a vole take out about $500 worth of Globemaster allium bulbs a year ago in the spring. Sweet Potatoes Yay for houzz, their SEO engineer is doing their job. Master Composter Program Soil Nutrient Analysis Lab Deer will “browse” on most anything when wild food sources are low. Potatoes (may eat toxic leaves) The question was not, should I relocate my garden or should I put up a six foot fence. We're in the unfortunate position of being right next to a vacant wooded lot in this rural town and the deer use that lot to get to the lake after perusing everyone's gardens. I know, this is pretty toughstuff and I shouldn’t have been that hard on yours and the other fine comments. Which direction to plant blackberries and grapes. Take care to protect the young shoots, which are always tender and delicious! So, I know I will not change the world, I know that many are just trying to help but it just drives me a little crazier when people think they are helping when indeed they are dancing. But when I did MY search I didn't want any suggestions of what to do to fend off critters.   Cal., are finding this type of gardening to be suitable for suburbia-type living, and the results aren't bad. I should be out watering etc but it is so ##### hot here in KY.Venting againJeanJean. If you want to minimize deer damage in an open garden, it’s best to start with plants that deer don’t like. I think the deer know that ... {I'mlooking to plant some additional things in my Mom's garden but her backyard isbasically woods and deer and who knows what else stroll in and will likelychomp on what ever looks good that they can reach. I heard it works so it Last updated on: February 14, 2020 By Kaylene Filed Under: Garden Pests , Gardening , My Garden 12 Comments We live in a semi-rural area where the houses are on big blocks and there’s plenty of native bushland. Swiss Chard Rhubarb Plants Occasionally Damaged Coneflowers, daisies, coral bells, salvia, veronica, peonies, columbine, sweet woodruff, pansies, star jasmine and white petunias don't seem to interest them either. Yes I did "just join" but you are incorrect in assuming I "just joined to comment on a 6 year old thread". It took me by surprise when we moved out here.   Kale Winter Squash There's also someone a half block away that feeds them. It really is hard to predict, because their individual tastes apparently vary to much. Food They Won’t Eat Presumably the nightshade family is as toxic to groundhogs as to humans, and they know it. This only works for about five feet in front of the shrubs and you still have to surround the veggies (or roses, in my case) with plants they don't like. That being said, they usually leave alone anything planted against the house or a fence...if it's surrounded by lavender, marigolds, cosmos, zinnias, daffodils, bee balm or spearmint. Recent build up from housing developments have driven many of the deer out of their natural feeding areas. Turnip I'm optimistic that I can harvest ALL of my apricots and perhaps almonds (squirrels) this year. But if the backyard is in the woods and is shaded (less than 6 hours a day of direct, unfiltered sunlight), then there won't be enough sun to grow most edibles. The answer is no, there are no real surefire vegetables that the critters wont eat! Yeah, they're not really "veggies", and they don't grow, but they're nice to look at, if you get the right ones. I did not "do a search for 'are there any vegetables that critters will not eat' when you already knew the answer was no". At this juncture I have to pause my intellectual prowess to do things of a surely lesser importance. Paint them green, or red, or whatever. I could keep going but by your response to my comment, I have a feeling that it is very important to you and your personality to be correct. I'm sure the OP appreciates your very useful advice. The Blacktail deer in W WA are dainty little things compared to the big Whitetails stompin' around these here parts. They do have their favorite foods and those they tend to avoid, but when food is scarce, they will eat just about I grew a zucchini that had rounder, softer leaves last year and they munched on that one, but the previous year the type I grew had stiffer and pointier leaves and it was sampled early then left alone. I know I am a little late to the party but, WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE!!! You just joined GW to post on a 6 year old thread and blast everyone else in the process? I will reiterate, it was a simple question. They will eat cucumber and watermelon leaves but they won't eat squash plants. What many are notconsidering is, is his mother financially capable investing in a moreestablished environment for gardening? Spinach Where I don't have a fence, I put butterfly bushes or lilacs behind the garden area and that tends to keep them out, too. Tomatoes Hope this helps. Squash, melons and sunflowers were also left alone for the most part. It’s just a bonus that rabbits (and deer) leave them alone. Animals such as deer, rabbits and rodents can be a nuisance in your garden, feeding on your outside plants. Constant war. While we don't have problems with the deer (living on the farm) closer to town, they do. No not dancing, I'm right! for the cheap, get some 7ft high plastic deer netting. You are the best! Fennel They were introduced into the US as rodent repellents because of their toxicity. Good luck in the future and if you ever needsomeone to break down more paragraphs and sentences and comments you can call uponme Jack! This works particularly well for animals that dig at night. Thank you! Beans Yes I do know how to make an entrance! In fact I love my critters but I love my vegies too. Let it be known that as of now you have been DEEMED CORRECT! Jenny - why did you do a search for "are there any vegetables that critters will not eat" when you already knew the answer was no? Please regard the following list of deer-resistant garden plants as a general guide. Not only do they eat vegetable gardens they also dine on suburban landscape, especially hostas and many shrubs. Master Gardener Program. I haven't had a problem with racoons yet. Basil Deer will “browse” on most anything when wild food sources are low. I could have said to plant marigolds to discourage the deer and I could have suggested fences and raised beds. Leeks One cage fits into one half of the box, with 2 to a box. “That I can put in the areas they'd be most likely reach?” In this sentence he is suggesting that he isnot willing or at least interested in fencing, raising or fending. Our back yard faces a "preserve" that carries a lot of hungry creatures. Scott specifically wanted to know, is there “anythingelse that they wouldn't like?”. Corn It likes well-draining soil and looks great around the edge of a garden plot. Cilantro Deer will eat most vegetables. Peas Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Dean of the College, Cooperative Extension System, University of Connecticut, Storrs. Interesting designs in the San Juan Islands and in Puget Sound islands is they double the fencing leaving a ~4inch gap (width of the post) and fill gap with hay/straw for a wind barrier & eventually you can shove little plants & flowers in there. Domestic pets are also Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is resistant to deer and grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Wild cats that use my mulched garden as their litter box. There's actually one particular doe that will walk right up to our doorstep to see what I have growing in my containers...and she has a taste for tomatoes...therefor shows her youngun' where the goods are(sigh). I never thought of that! I did a search for "are there any vegetables that critters will not eat" and this was the first thing that popped up. I personally agree with the others that there are some things that won't be bothered IME but there are a wide range of critters in the world so it probably depends on where you live, what animals you have to contend with, and the availability of wild food sources. Contact Us A piece of chicken wire is sometimes placed over the top, to keep out birds. Cauliflower Deer won’t eat this perennial, which makes it safe to plant in any location. Therefore, allowing them to snack around in your garden can lead to a massive backyard infestation. Carrots (root) These plants are moderately safe, however, deer may turn to this group of veggies and herbs when favorites are not available. It works! Use this to your advantage. IME most folks serious about it put up fencing. Rabbits are also known for their high reproductive potential. Also get a live trap for racoons if growing corn. I was thinking, ok, maybe I can plant some Lillys-of-the-Valley. No other creature on the planet has a problem with this. If planting resistant vegetables does not deter deer from your garden, consider more serious deer defenses such as barriers and fencing or visit our fact sheet Deer Damage and Control for additional options. They freely self-seed, eventually crowding out more desirable plants. It seems there aren’t many plants which kangaroo won’t eat. Submit a Sample Lettuce & Leafy Greens (red lettuces less palatable) One or two pecks on a almost ready to pick squash destroys it's ability to store. Oh and I did put out mothballs around the plants. (666 ABC Canberra: Louise Maher) There are some plants the native wildlife, in … Growing plants animals don't like to eat near the ones they do will deter them somewhat. They also tried a coneflower and a butterfly bush, before figuring out it didn't taste good. Most varieties will die after blooming and produce pups from the base to replace themselves. what flowers/plants rabbits and javalena won't eat - Knowledgebase Question Name: Beth Marks phoenix, Ar Question by bmarks03 March 29, 2010 What flowers/plants will both rabbits and Javalena not eat? The deer in our area are not hungry, just curious, so they do a lot less damage than in many other places. The deer really get pissed with me at dusk when I'm out there working. Rabbits can eat such a wide range of vegetation that it is easier to list the plants they don’t enjoy or like to keep away from. I'd like to be able to load all of my deer into a trailer and send them on a little voyage where they'd come back in freezer packs and as sausages. Apples The boxes are approximately 6 ft. long x 3 ft. wide, for easy access.. None of these issues were part of the inquiry.There are many things we do not knowabout Scott and his mother, but we do know one thing for sure. Just kidding - they'll eat anything and everything in my neck of the NoVA 'burbs that isn't behind a 6' fence, because most of their habitat was turned into said 'burbs. Notice I didn't say deerproof. I know groundhogs have to eat but it's very upsetting when you baby plants and watch them grow only to have them ruined by these animals. Birds are ever present. To further clarify for you, I also joined to offer a definitive answer to a VERY specific question. Feb 22, 2019 - Outside Flowers That Animals Won't Eat. Oh, and as for stepping on plants...the deer here are apparently well behaved, because there have been very few footprints in the garden beds. You can see them strolling down the middle of the street during the wee hours. I hope that makes you feel better. Some plants that do not appear on other resistant lists include alyssum, basil, carnations, chili peppers, cucumbers, dahlias, daylilies, Easter lily, eggplant, gladiola, marigolds, pansies, petunias, roses, rosemary and violas. BUT if they are hungry they will eat most anything. So far, we have been able to eat ALL of our apples - it seems to work somewhat for birds also. Now the squirrels think twice before eating my bulbs and plants. Plant rocks. They really do seem to prefer my ornamentals to the edibles that creep over the fence, though, except for the ripe fruit on the lowest (in other words, would be easiest for me to harvest if they didn't eat it first!) Fuzzy or Prickly Plants Animals often spit out fuzzy or prickly plants, simply because they are uncomfortable to eat. Cover your purslane if you grow it, they eat it to the nubs. 20. HGEC Fact Sheets, Plant Diagnostic Lab We do have wide grass paths between each bed, which seems to keep the kids and the deer out of the flowers! Example: I have found that white tail deer do not like rosemary plants or some marigolds. Thefirst paragraph is a statement (and slightly a run-on sentence), there is no question and it sets up theinquiry. Having plants mice won’t eat can be one solution. It’s just that you choose to pontificate that eating plants doesn’t matter, eating animals does. Chives I'mthinking onion and garlic would probably not be favored by critters, anythingelse that they wouldn't like? Or anything in the allium family. Printable PDF Broccoli The only way I can garden is in cedar boxes. Strawberries Cabbage Deer usually also avoid root vegetables (which require digging) and prickly vegetables such as cucumbers and squashes with hairy leaves. Rosemary So far, so good. 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