I have deer or rabbits eating my green beans

chrmann(z7 AL)June 5, 2009

The same thing happened last year. Only my green beans got eaten. The rest of my vegetables were immune to whatever ate the beans. My green beans put on tons of beans last year but disappeared constantly. This year, I have replanted twice and something is eating the plants down.

How can I avoid this?? Is there an organic something to spray on the plants to keep deer or rabbits from munching down??

I need a response quickly. Thanks!!!

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Dan Staley

How can I avoid this

Fencing.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 1:43PM
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organicguy(7)

I have heard a number of folks say they swear by Repels-All some in Lowes. I plan on trying it myself for rabbirs and squirrels.

Ron
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    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 2:04PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

...... or whistlepigs. They even named a gun barrel co. after them.

Al

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 3:46PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

There are pretty expensive sprays you could use and they would need to be reapplied after every rain or everytime you watered that garden and after a few times the spray would need to be changed since the critters it is supposed to repel would get used to the odor, refer to an article about animal repellents in a recent issue of Fine Gardening magazine.
The most effective, and least expensive way to protect your plants from animals is a good, tight fence around the the planting area.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 7:14AM
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chrmann(z7 AL)

Dan and Kimmsr...We have a tight fence around our garden already. My husband thought it was deer because we have seen lots of deer tracks in our yard. But, we have not seen any in the garden so we are stumped. There are also wild turkeys, rabbits and squirrels around our house. Whatever it is, it is leaving no tracks and only eating the green beans. It is flying in or jumping in. If it was rabbits, I would think they would eat the lettuce first. Lettuce and purple hull peas are planted by the green beans.

Ron...I'm allergic to eggs and so cannot use "Repels-All on my plants.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 9:28AM
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organicguy(7)

chrmann,
Then you may want to try Blood Meal which seems to work with rabbits and sometimes squirrels. A fence is not always the answer either. It is useless against squirrels, and I have seem rabbits and groundhogs go right under or through them.
I don't know if it's practical for you, but a strand of electric fence 4-6 inches off the ground works every time. Just remember not to trip over it and turn it off before you go into the garden. Once a critter gets zapped once, they steer clear all the time.

Ron
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    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 10:32AM
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petzold6596(8b southern NM)

Chrmann you almost answered your own question: it is flying in. Look for crows, starling, or like birds. Try planting Burgundy Beans. I have both Burgundy and Wax beans planted this year and the Thrashers eat only the Wax beans. The Burgandys are purple on the plant but turn green when boiled and have a great flavor. A bonus, their are not attacked by an pests. I going to cover my Wax bean until they are about 4 inches high.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 1:23PM
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organicguy(7)

petzold6596,
That is interesting! I have plenty of crows and like critters here on Long Island, and the only thing they ever seem to bother is corn sprouts. Usually they just pull up the sprouts by the roots, rather than nibbling off the tops. I have never seen a bird do that before!
Homemade hot pepper spray seems to discourage them, and once the seedlings are a few inches tall, they lose interest anyway. I wonder if that is a regional thing since you are in NM??

Ron
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    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 3:04PM
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Dan Staley

Rabbits can enter through tiny holes. You can try blood meal and repellent and all that, but as stated above, you have to keep on it. One miss and your plants are snacks.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 5:35PM
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chrmann(z7 AL)

Petzold6596...I have the burgundy beans planted, That is what I planted last year also.

I read online that squash planted next to beans or corn would deter animals because of the sticky plants. The critters don't like to get a taste of stickers (or whatever they are called). I don't blame them because it itches me when I pick or tend to the plants (same with okra). I break out! I looked today and nobody has any squash plants. And, I can't find any seeds either. I do have a big squash patch planted in another one of my gardens. So, if I plant squash, it would be for the pests. I plant radishes by my squash to deter bugs on those plants. I'm a believer in using natural controls.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 6:10PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

A fence around the perimeter of the garden, especially if not high enough (like 8 to 10 feet) or tight enough (mesh less that 1 inch square) will still allow deer and rabbits in, although if the soil is soft and there are no tracks of either deer or rabbits your culprit may be an insect rather than an animal. Slugs, Mexican Bean Beetles?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 6:37AM
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davidtybee

Blood and bone meal make my setter go crazy and he digs up anything treated with it, even 12" under a new tree.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 4:38PM
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