Recipe for Deer-off Potion

My mother gave me this some time ago, and I whip up a batch every Spring in an often useless attempt to keep my flowers safe from chomping deer.


This is stinky, disgusting stuff – really stinky disgusting stuff. It’s so stinky I cannot imagine a kid wanting to try it, but hey, kids are unpredictable and this stuff, while natural, does involve raw eggs being left out in the sun. So, it’s not safe for tasting.

Edited with note from Mom: ‘…raw eggs are medically dangerous after two days – think botulism, salmonella, etc.  and stay away. Not safe for human consumption.’

That being said, here are the ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp Tobasco sauce
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups water

Blend all of this stuff in a blender and pour it in some jug you have lying around. Put it outside and wait for a day or two. (Again, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to try this stuff, but keep it safe from kids please.)

Spray it around the plants you want to protect. Re-apply after rain or every couple of weeks.

Personal results?

My husband says it can take the deer a chomp or two to realize they don’t like what they are chewing. If you have ten or twelve deer nosing around your flowers, that’s a lot of chomping before realization hits. Therefore, I like the two-phase approach which involves shooing them away and spraying.

Spraying this nasty stuff might mean they stop before eating the entire begonia plant at night when you aren’t awake (and shouldn’t be – sleep is really important) to protect your flowers. I find shooing – especially with a water hose works quite well as well.

I’m pretty sure the neighbors find that loads of fun to watch.

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A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

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