If you’re considering deer resistant vegetables, then you have made a good choice. While many people still think deer resistant plants are just for fear of being eaten by deer, studies show that even deer are sensitive to some of the same things that humans do. They tend to be picky eaters, especially about taste. Deer will often turn their noses up at flowery, colorful vegetables and will go after the much darker colored ones. You might be surprised at how easy it is to grow vegetables that are deer resistant.
Some of the deer resistant vegetables are very disease resistant and have the ability to resist all types of diseases. Garlic and onion are both great choices. As a general rule, fruits and spices are also deer resistant, though deer will greatly enjoy and dig into parsley and basil. Deer will also dig around for prickly, melon-like vegetables like tomatoes and melons, but other animals such as deer will enjoy the fruitier vegetables.
If you decide on vegetables that are deer resistant and are planted in your garden, you may want to consider planting them in containers. This way if you have a problem with deer or other wildlife in your area, you can simply pull the plants out of the ground. Planting a potato plant in your garden can be very tricky if the soil is not acidic enough. Many potato growers use lime or rock salt to Leach the acidity out of their soil, which makes their potatoes more resistant to rotting.
There are many different deer resistant vegetables that you might consider growing. One is burdock. Burdock is very resilient and grows very well even in some difficult conditions. The first thing you should remember is that it is very important not to harvest the plants before they are completely grown. You should also know that a plant like burdock called gurgeon is very common in ponds, streams, and springs where there is a great deal of water. Other plants that are deer repellent include peas, peppers, eggplants, annatto, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, corn, garlic, mint, basil, and sweet peppers.
For those people who like to eat a taste that is stronger and more robust than onion or garlic, leeks are an excellent choice. However, keep in mind that even though the leeks are considered deer resistant vegetables, they should still be harvested before they begin to discolor. This means that while they are still green, you should pick off the leaves on a regular basis to avoid overpopulation. Some plants such as tomatoes, onions, and potatoes can be harvested right after they are ripe and are not supposed to be cut before they turn color but with leeks and garlic, you must wait until they are purple or brown before removing them.
Onions and garlic have become known as some of the best deer resistant vegetables because they contain a natural compound called Alliin that is found only in these two plants. Alliin is a chemical that is similar to vitamin A but not as well known. This substance helps prevent insects from eating through the leaf surface. Other plants with Alliin are squash, spinach, dandelion, and nettles. There are several types of repellents that are available for this type of product but if you want the full effect, you will want to use a product that includes the Alliin compound along with an approved insect-repellent.
Many people prefer to grow cucumbers as one of their deer resistant vegetables because they grow slowly and make a great companion plant to many other varieties. However, other than helping to repel animals, other than insects, there are some other great benefits to planting cucumbers. Their flesh is very sweet and their skins are very beneficial as a natural pesticide. Cucumbers have a long shelf life when stored in the refrigerator because they retain much of the water in them. The majority of pests that affect cucumbers will not feed on the flesh of the fruit because of the sugar in the skin. However, the skin should be removed when making preserves with cucumbers or when pickling cucumbers.
When planning your next meal, you might want to consider adding a few different varieties of vegetables to your garden so you can attract a variety of species of deer. Some deer will only eat certain fruits and vegetables so if you plant them with other food sources, you can attract a better variety of deer. The National Wildlife Federation encourages planting a variety of vegetables and fruits in order to enhance the growing conditions for deer. They also suggest that planting different vegetables may help attract different species of deer to your area which can lead to increased farming revenues. There is no doubt that deer resistant vegetables are a great way to improve the health of your deer herd.