Spearmint to the rescue?
Well, so far I haven't lost ANY roses to the deer...despite their best efforts! LOL
I've moved a few, planted herbs around several, but still have a few that are getting the tops chewed on. I have one HUGE rose that's a hybrid tea that reverted to the long red climber, after it froze out a few years ago. I kind of let it do what it wants to do, since it's screening a utility pole for me.
Anyway, some spearmint is growing around the base of it...and the deer won't touch it. Not even a nibble. So, I've been thinking, what if I plant spearmint around the front of all the roses that don't have lavender. (Lavender $6 a piece at Lowe's....spearmint free!) Also, there is no more lavender available until next July.
My question, should I plant the spearmint in some kind of tube or pot buried in the dirt? I can't leave them potted, since they would freeze over the winter and I would like them to spread out a little...I just don't want them taking over the garden and choking out the roses. Acutally, if they didn't hurt the roses, I wouldn't mind them choking out the weeds :)
Any suggestions, ideas or warnings? Thank you!