Do deer eat tomato plants?

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  1. dragonchick

    dragonchick Well-Known Member

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    Something is eating the tops off my tomato plants, is it deer?
     
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    Yes, deer do indeed eat the tops of tomato plants. They'll also do it to peppers. So far, haven't seen them do it to eggplant.

    Martin
     

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    Will fox urine or other deterrent keep them away? At this rate I will not get anything from my fall garden.
     
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    If you have fox urine available, apply a light mist of it to the top foliage. If you don't have it, use your own. Either way, the deer won't eat it. Or, mix a garlic and hot pepper spray and mist with that.

    Martin
     
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    My local deer think I grow veggies just for them!! They even come up on my front porch to eat whatever I might have growing in pots. They are lucky I like to share!!
     
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    deer at my house have eaten everything except garlic. Even onions, leeks, potato tops and tomatoes. I think they go after the potato and tomato tops when it is dry and they are looking for moisture. Lisa
     
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    Around here deer have been known to eat tomato and pepper plants, and after eating potato plants they've even been known to dig up potatoes to eat.

    www.deerbusters.com
     
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    This topic made me think of my dad's cherry tomato plants. He fought a constant battle with the deer. He lived in the country. When I was pregnant with my first child I got such an intense craving for cherry tomatoes. This was about 2 am. I grabbed my salt shaker and drove out to his place and proceeded to eat all the ripe tomatoes off of his plants. I never told him I was guilty, and to his dying day he cussed those deer. lol!
     
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    jmtinmi Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Gallon of water in a sprayer. Add 1T garlic powder, 1T hot sauce, 1t of dish soap. Shake a little and spray. Keeps deer and rabbits off of my beans.

    I also heard that baby powder does the same thing.
     
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    My pooch is the best thing I have found besides male urine. Deer do not like dogs. And dogs think deer are great to chase.