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Do deer like basil?

Posted by nygardener z6 NYC (My Page) on
Sat, May 14, 05 at 0:59

I'm going to have more basil seedlings than I have room for in my fenced-in garden. There is some space for them in an open area frequented by deer, but there's no point in planting them if they'll just wind up as forage. Is basil one of those herbs that deer will stay away from?


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RE: Do deer like basil?

Basil is the sort of strong smelling and tasting herb deer hate, but-- we've all seen how adaptable deer can be.


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RE: Do deer like basil?

Yep. Every time I see a nice open place I imagine it with plants on it, gently harmonizing with the landscape.... And then, as the record screeches to a stop, I have to imagine them surrounded by a high deer fence!


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RE: Do deer like basil?

They don't eat artemisia, yarrow, digitalis, convallaria, aconitum, astilbe, pulmonaria, ferns.... yes, there are a few things you can grow.


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RE: Do deer like basil?

Well, you're right, oldroser, I'll have to learn more about what they'll leave alone if I'm to garden successfully here. Part of is that I enjoy growing edibles, and I don't eat those things either!


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You need a fence if you are to be successful, NYgardener. LOL.


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RE: Do deer like basil?

Only if they're in the mood for Italian!

Actually, they might not like it, but will have to eat half your plant before deciding this.


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RE: Do deer like basil?

http://www.sunset.com/garden/garden-basics/deer-proof-country-garden-00400000017025/
This article has 2 of the best fences for keeping deer out of gardens.


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