In this episode, Joe visits with University of Georgia wildlife specialist Professor Michael T. Mengak at his research facility to talk about eco-friendly and humane control methods for deer and other garden critters and pests.
Topics covered include habitat modification, scare tactics, non-lethal repellants, and physical barriers. We learn how to identify what types of critters are eating our plants, and Mike also points out a number of popularly-prescribed tactics that just don’t work – or don’t work for long.
This is a complicated and sometimes controversial topic. We try to strike a balance between people and wildlife in the garden. Even if you don’t intend to keep wildlife out completely (after all, isn’t that what Certified Wildlife Habitats are about – attracting and encouraging wildlife to our yards?), you still may want a specific area protected from specific critters, for example keeping rabbits and deer from the vegetable garden.
In the kitchen, Chef Nathan (“The Egg Whisperer”) cooks up an amazing meal featuring a favorite of nibbling people and critters alike: garden-fresh spinach!
- For more information on the 2 line deer fence featured in this episode click here.
- Here’s our podcast on Deer Resistant Landscaping. It’s an interview with Neil Soderstrom who wrote Deer-Resistant Landscaping: Proven Advice and Strategies for Outwitting Deer and 20 Other Pesky Mammalsthe book by the same name.
- Another great book: 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat by Ruth Rogers Clausen, Photographs by Alan L. Detrick
- Chef Nathan: Sautéed Spinach with Garlic and Poached Egg over Toast
- Joe’s Blog Post: When Life Gives You Dead, Stuffed Rats…
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