How To Get Rid of Vegetable Garden Pests with These 13 Easy Tips

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Spring should be the time to prepare your garden and enjoy the gorgeous, blooming flowers. Unfortunately, it’s also the season where unwanted guests make their appearance in your garden.

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Rabbits, squirrels, voles, and aphids are just some of the pests I find in my garden. Well, I’ve mastered how to keep animals out of my vegetable garden, and I’m here to help you!

Are you ready to have a thriving crop? Keep reading this guide to learn how to keep pests out of your garden for good using my 12 secret tips. Let’s dive in!

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How to Keep Animals Out of Vegetable Garden

It's springtime here and I'm busy getting my garden and apple tree ready.  I get those pesky rabbits, squirrels, voles, aphids, and more in mine during gardening season - how about you?  I thought I would share a few tips on things I use to keep those pests out of my garden.

The growing season in Colorado is pretty limiting. So, I learned how to get the most out of my garden plants by employing a couple of practical tips to keep the animals away from my crop. Here they are:

1. Solve Your Bunny Problem by Building a Fence

I’ve had my garden for about 16 years. It took me a while to learn that if there are rabbits around, you’ll definitely want to fence off your garden.

We bought this fence at our local hardware store, and it turned out to be an exceptional investment. Yet, if you’re on a tight budget, you can also fashion a fence out of items you already have in your home.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to block off entry points as well. Bunnies can also burrow under the fence. For this reason, I put a row of rocks inside my gate as a deterrent, so the pests cannot sneak underneath it.

I've had my garden in this home for about 16 years now.  We have learned if you have rabbit around, you'll definitely want a fence that will  keep them out!  We bought this fence at our local hardware store and used screws and fence clips to attach it to our fence.  Don't forget to block off gate entryways as well.  I put a row of rocks on the inside of my gate so the pests cannot sneak underneath it.

2. Growing Pungent Flowers to Scare Off Animals

Marigolds and other herbs produce a strong odor, keeping animals from approaching your garden. My grandma taught me the trick of planting these in my garden. Not only will you enjoy a magnificent crop, but you’ll also deter rabbits and deer.

Marigolds are amazing flowers and give off a terrible smell deterring rabbits and deer. My grandma taught me to plant these in my garden.

3. Add Color to Your Garden With Reflective Objects

Animals easily get startled by movement. This makes reflective objects and mirrors around your garden the simplest method to remove pests.

The simple pinwheels are small enough to keep my garden looking neat but still reflective enough to keep pests out.

Animals don't like reflective things and get scared by movement.  I put these simple pinwheels that I find at Dollar Tree to put in my garden to keep pests out.

4. Does Irish Spring Soap Repel Rabbits?

Irish Spring Soap bars are an effective way to deter pests like rabbits, deer, mice, and voles. These soap bars produce a powerful fragrance that animals dislike.

To further spread the odor, I like to grate up the bars of Irish Spring Soap or Lavender Castile Soap (for a natural soap) with a simple cheese grater.

Irish Spring Soap will deter pests like rabbits, deer, mice, voles... as they don't like the smell. I grate up some soap with a cheese grater.

Sprinkle the soap shavings all over the garden and flower beds. Then, wave your mouse problem goodbye!

Sprinkle the shredded soap around your garden &/or flower beds.

5. Eggshells for Added Calcium

Eggshells might be the last thing you’d think of adding to your garden. That said, they’re one of the best, multipurpose items.

The handy shells deter deer and insects, as well as provide your soil with calcium as they decompose. In particular, I found eggshells to be excellent for getting rid of slugs.

Put egg shells in your garden - why?  It's said to deter deer, birds eat them thus keeping them out of our plants, and they add calcium to your garden as they decompose.  I use them to deter slugs, this has gotten mixed reviews but it seems to work for me.

6. How to Get Rid of Voles: Mothballs

I get voles in both my vegetable and flower gardens almost every year. I find these pests the most tricky to get rid of!

After years of trial and error, I’ve learned that moth balls do the trick. All you need to do is fill a mesh bag or a cheesecloth with mothballs. Next, hang them on a short stick. Voles find the pungent scent of the mothballs disagreeable.

I get voles in my both my vegetable and flower gardens almost every year. To keep them out I have learned to add moth balls to a mesh bag and hang them on a short Shepard hook and it seems to keep them away. They don't like the smell.

7. Irritate the Pests With Red Pepper Flakes

Smelling red pepper flakes is irritating to us. Imagine what this handy kitchen stable can do to tiny pests. Just a sprinkle of red pepper flakes in the garden soil will keep animals far away.

Don’t worry, though! The red pepper won’t harm the animals. They just dislike the smell. If they get close enough, the pepper flakes will only irritate their skin and noses.

Sprinkle red pepper flakes in your garden. It's known to deter rabbits, deer, skunks, raccoons, cats, dogs. It irritates their lungs and skin, and it will deter not harm animals.

8. Sleep Soundly With Solar Lights

Solar lights can be a great help to your garden. If you wake up to a destroyed crop, these lights will keep all nocturnal animals away. Some solar lights also double as seasonal decor!

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Keep nocturnal animals away by adding solar lights to your garden.

9. Clean Up Your Garden With Dish Soap

Do you find a sticky residue or tiny eggs on the leaves of your plants? You probably have aphids.

These tricky pests can be hard to detect, wreaking havoc in your vegetable garden until you notice them. However, once you locate them, you can easily keep bugs away by using dish soap spray. These Save Your Garden Sprays will be your lifesaver during your gardening journey!

Use a dish soap garden spray to keep bugs like aphids, and beetles off your plants. Works on both vegetable and flower plants. Make a pepper spray to make your plants taste bad to those pest trying to nibble on your leaves. You can find my full tutorial on how to make these amazing sprays here -Save Your Garden Sprays

10. Feed the Pests Somewhere Else

Do you love having bunnies, birds, and squirrels around but need to save your garden? Well, you can befriend these tiny animals by feeding them elsewhere.

For example, I made this bird feeder by simply gluing a cup to a plate. This kept the birds away from my crop, but I could still enjoy their beautiful chirping.

You can also put out kitchen scraps in a designated area in your yard, away from your garden. The small pests will get used to eating there, so they won’t have to scavenge through your plants.

Feed those pests somewhere else to keep them away from your garden. I made this bird feeder by E6000 a cup to a plate. I put water in the cup, and birdseed on the plate. This keeps the birds away from my garden. You can set scraps of lettuce and other items away from your garden for other animals too. They'll get used to eating there so they won't have to go scavenge in your garden.

11. No More Climbing Up Trees

Squirrels can drive you crazy. They climb up trees, get into bushes, and even eat the bark off in the winter. Sometimes, I find uneaten crops plucked from the plant and left to rot!

Needless to say, squirrels are a menace. Fortunately, I learned a simple trick to keep them away. All there is to it is wrapping the base of trees with tin foil. The reflection will frighten the squirrels, and they won’t go near your trees.

The squirrels in my apple tree make me crazy! They eat the bark off in the winter when they need food (as do rabbits), and they eat one bite out of an apple and throw it on the ground. GRRR. So I wrap the base of the trunk in tinfoil. This deters them from climbing up the trunk and they don't like how it's reflective.

12. CDs Aren’t a Thing of the Past

Recently, I’ve come across some old CDs while spring cleaning. Instead of throwing them away, I repurposed CD wind spinners and hung them on the tree branches. Who knew repurposed CDs made such perfect squirrel repellents?

Find out “What Exactly Does It Mean To Repurpose Or Upcycle“ to save money, and create the most amazing things.

I also add these repurposed CD wind spinners along with bells, chimes, etc to my tree. If the squirrels jump on a branch the bells ring scaring them away, and the cd spinners reflect the light as well as create movement which they don't like as well. You can find my full tutorial here about these by clicking here.

13. Keep It Moving!

Animals are smarter than you think. Even if you’ve used all the tricks up your sleeve, you might still come across some pests in your garden. You aren’t doing anything wrong, though!

After a while, animals will get used to all the items and odors you’ve added to your garden. For this reason, I recommend moving things around every once in a while to throw them off.

Now one tip I have is that animals will get used to the items you put in your garden to keep them out. I recommend moving things around every once and a while to change things up and throw them off.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are common garden pests?

This depends on your location. However, these are the most common insects you’ll find in your vegetable garden:

  • Colorado potato beetles: Voracious pests that devour potato plants, causing significant damage to foliage and reducing crop yields.
  • Tomato hornworms: Large green caterpillars that feed on tomato plants, posing a threat to fruit production and overall plant health.
  • Spider mites: Tiny arachnids that suck sap from plant leaves, leading to discoloration and damage to a wide range of crops.
  • European corn borer: Tunnel into corn stalks, compromising plant integrity and reducing corn yields in agricultural settings.
  • Cabbage worms & Cabbage looper: Notorious for attacking cruciferous vegetables, consuming leaves, and impeding plant growth.
  • Green caterpillar: General pests feeding on various plants, causing damage to foliage and flowers.
  • Cucumber beetles: Target cucumber plants, transmitting diseases, and harming plant development.
  • Flea beetles: Small, jumping insects that feed on the leaves of many vegetable crops, causing tiny holes and affecting plant health.
  • Mexican bean beetle: Destructive pests that devour bean plants, hindering bean production and overall plant vitality.
  • Squash vine borer and squash bugs: Detrimental to squash plants, causing wilting, vine damage, and reduced fruit yields.
  • Tobacco hornworm: Feed on tobacco and tomato plants, posing a threat to these crops with their voracious appetite.
  • Corn earworms: Damage corn crops by feeding on developing kernels, leading to reduced yields and compromised quality.
  • Bean leaf beetles: Target bean plants, causing defoliation and negatively impacting bean production.
  • Vine borers: Attack various vines, including squash and pumpkin, leading to wilting, vine collapse, and reduced fruit production.
  • Common asparagus beetle: Harm asparagus plants by feeding on foliage, compromising plant health, and reducing yields.
  • Stink bugs: Agricultural pests that pierce plant tissues with their mouthparts, causing damage to a variety of crops.
  • White grubs: Larvae of certain beetles, destructive pests in lawns and gardens, feeding on plant roots and causing damage to turf and plants.

What are some examples of beneficial insects?

Not all insects are bad. Some natural enemies kill and feed on other bugs that harm your plants. These include:

  • Parasitic wasps: Beneficial insects that parasitize and control the populations of various harmful pests, such as caterpillars and aphids, by laying their eggs on or inside the pests.
  • Lady beetles: Also known as ladybugs or ladybirds, these beetles are beneficial predators that feed on aphids, scale insects, and other soft-bodied pests, providing natural pest control in gardens.
  • Japanese beetles: While Japanese beetles can be pests themselves, their larvae, called grubs, are beneficial in breaking down organic matter in the soil, aiding in nutrient cycling and promoting a healthier garden ecosystem.

How can you control pests without chemicals?

Here are some other ways you can get effective control using effective methods for your home vegetable garden, especially if you’re an organic gardener:

  • Insecticidal soap: A natural insecticide made from soap and water, effective in controlling soft-bodied pests like aphids, mites, and whiteflies by disrupting their cell membranes and causing dehydration.
  • Horticultural oil: Derived from plants, horticultural oil is an effective natural insecticide that suffocates pests such as scales, mites, and aphids by coating their bodies and blocking their spiracles.
  • Natural predators: Beneficial insects and animals that act as natural insecticides by preying on harmful pests, maintaining a balance in the ecosystem. Examples include ladybugs, parasitic wasps, and predatory beetles.
  • Diatomaceous earth: A powdery substance consisting of fossilized diatoms, diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide that dehydrates and damages the exoskeletons of insects, leading to their demise. It is effective against various crawling pests like ants, cockroaches, and fleas.

Natural garden pest control methods offer a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to keeping unwanted visitors at bay. One effective ingredient in this arsenal is garlic, known for its natural insect-repelling properties. To create a simple garlic spray, mince a few cloves and mix them with a gallon of water. Let the mixture sit overnight, strain the cloves, and transfer the liquid into a spray bottle. This homemade insecticide can be applied directly to plants as an organic pest control method, serving as a deterrent to various pests, including cabbage moths and butterflies.

Hot peppers, particularly cayenne pepper, are another powerful ingredient that can be incorporated into your natural pest control arsenal. Mix a tablespoon of cayenne pepper with a gallon of water and a tablespoon of vegetable oil to create a potent spray. This spicy mixture serves as an effective deterrent for pests, making it a valuable addition to your organic garden pest control routine. Ensure that you strain the mixture before transferring it to a spray bottle for easy application.

Companion planting is a time-tested strategy in natural garden pest control. By strategically placing plants that act as natural insect repellents alongside vulnerable crops, you can create a symbiotic relationship that helps protect your garden. For instance, planting peppermint near susceptible plants can deter pests and promote a healthier garden environment. Additionally, row covers made from breathable materials can act as physical barriers, preventing pests from reaching your plants.

Incorporating essential oils into your pest control methods adds both fragrance and efficacy. Consider adding a few drops of essential oils like peppermint or cloves to your spray mixtures for an extra layer of protection. These oils not only contribute to the pleasant aroma of your garden but also act as natural insecticides, deterring pests in an environmentally friendly way.

To enhance the overall health of your garden and boost its resistance to pests, consider using compost as a key ingredient in your soil. Healthy soil promotes strong, resilient plants that are better equipped to fend off pests naturally. This approach aligns with the principles of organic garden pest control, emphasizing a holistic and sustainable approach to gardening.

In conclusion, embracing natural garden pest control involves a thoughtful combination of ingredients, companion planting, and organic methods. By leveraging the power of garlic, hot peppers, essential oils, and other natural elements, you can maintain a thriving garden while minimizing the impact on the environment. Experiment with these techniques to find the most effective natural pest control method for your unique gardening needs.

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More on Garden Pests

Gardening enthusiasts often find themselves facing the challenge of dealing with various garden pests that can wreak havoc on their plants. One common issue is the presence of larvae, which are immature forms of insects that can damage the health of your garden. To tackle this problem, consider implementing natural solutions such as bacillus thuringiensis, a biological insecticide that specifically targets larvae, ensuring the protection of your plants.

The health of your plants is often dependent on the vitality of their sap and stems. Whiteflies are notorious for extracting sap from plants, causing damage to the stems and overall weakening of the plant’s structure. Combatting whiteflies can involve the use of neem oil, a natural pesticide that not only repels whiteflies but also acts as a deterrent for other insect pests. Applying neem oil to your garden can create a protective barrier against these unwanted invaders, promoting the well-being of your plants.

In addition to sap-sucking pests, gardeners may also encounter the issue of sooty mold, a black fungus that often develops on honeydew secreted by pests like aphids and mealybugs. To address this problem, it’s essential to target the root cause by controlling the population of the insects producing the honeydew. Implementing soapy water solutions can effectively eliminate these pests while also preventing the formation of sooty mold on your plants.

Lawns and vegetable gardens alike can fall victim to the presence of snails and cutworms, both of which can cause significant damage to young seedlings. Handpicking these pests is a simple yet effective method to keep their populations in check. Additionally, creating physical barriers such as collars around the base of plants like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale can act as a deterrent, preventing these pests from reaching and damaging the delicate young seedlings.

For a comprehensive approach to pest control, consider the use of insecticides, but choose wisely to minimize harm to beneficial insects. Insecticides containing bacillus thuringiensis are a great option for targeting specific insect pests while being environmentally friendly.

A combination of preventive measures and targeted solutions can help you maintain a healthy and pest-free garden. Whether you’re dealing with raccoons, thrips, or sticky honeydew issues, incorporating these strategies will contribute to the overall well-being of your garden and ensure a thriving plant environment.

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  1. CHRISTINE says:


    1. Hi Christine, I think that should be fine. I was told by another person that they use Ivory soap and that works for them. I’m so sorry to hear you are having trouble. I know it’s so frustrating.

  2. Wow, lots of great ideas! Thanks for sharing them. We have a lot of little flying bugs so I’ll bet the soap tip will help.

    1. Thanks Linda, and me too. Something already deteriorated my green bean plant so I’m starting over with that one.

  3. Do you know if the moth balls keep mice away too? I had one get in my raised beds and ruin my carrots and beets from underground. – Margy

    1. I’m going to have to start keeping some of these in my garage then 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing that tip Margy 🙂

  4. Great tips! I’ve used several of these ideas with a fair amount of success. I’m making note of the CD wind chime and the idea of feeding them elsewhere away from gardent! Thanks for sharing – stopping by today from Simple Homestead blog hop

    1. Thanks Linda and glad to know some of these ideas work for you as well. I hope the extra tips help too. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Rita Warrick says:

    If you leave a sports car or any other car in storage, definitely use the GREEN IRISH SPRING BAR SOAP. We STORED the car one winter, in the Spring wires were eaten by rodents. Insurance didn’t pay for the damage–$$$$ expensive lesson. We were told by a mechanic to grate shavings of Irish Spring soap, spread it all over the engine, on the wires and inside the vehicle—done this for years—NO EATEN WIRES OR DROPPINGS ANYWHERE NEAR THE VEHICLE. The vehicle smells so good in the Spring.

    1. Wow, I’m so sorry for your experience and so grateful to you for sharing. Thank you so very much.

  6. I was hoping that you had a solution for groundhogs, lol. Thanks for sharing your gardening tips.

    1. OH Rhonda, those are so tough. I’m so sorry to hear that you are dealing with those! We have some that are on the other end of our neighborhood and I hope they don’t make their way this way. You might be able to try some of these ideas and see if they work. I did find this article that might help – https://www.almanac.com/pest/groundhogs

    1. Thank you Michele and thanks for the Pin 🙂 I hope these tips can help you too.

  7. All great ideas that we use. Found you on Bloggers Pit Stop link party.

    1. Thank you so much Candy and thanks for stopping by

  8. Great tips, I’ve tried companion planting for black fly and things like that. Luckily we don’t have a lot of trouble in our garden with rabbits and squirrels thankfully but I’ll pin this just in case we ever do.

    1. You are so very lucky Julie 🙂 Thank you for the Pin

  9. Great idea to wrap the trunk of the tree in foil – genius!!!

    1. Thank you so much Lee-Ann and I hope this comes in handy for you too.

  10. Chas, what a great garden setup you have. So many ideas to keep your plants safe. We will feature this on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop.

    Blogger’s Pit Stop

    1. Thank you so very much Kathleen for the feature and thanks for hosting a wonderful place for all of us to share our creations.

  11. It’s so helpful to have all these great tips in one post! Thank you!

    1. Thank you Joy and I hope some of these help you as well.

  12. These are some great tips! I especially love the one about marigolds. I didn’t know that their smell deterred animals. Thanks for sharing your tips with us at Merry Monday this week!

    1. Thank you Marie, and thanks for stopping by.

  13. I have tried many of these. Physical barriers have worked best for me. A high fence kept the deer out. Hardware cloth in the bottom of our raised beds kept the gophers out. The raccoons and rabbits weren’t too greedy. I had it pretty easy for years until the ground squirrels found us.

    It took me a couple of weeks to discover who had been cutting my tomatoes down at ground level, one plant a day. Nothing was safe. The farmers at farmers market didn’t really have a solution. They had enough growing so a few plants weren’t going to leave them too short. I’ve never had very good luck with traps. Noise didn’t bother them. The cats left them alone. I did not want to bring in poisons. I finally gave up gardening at that location. It was becoming stressful instead of relaxing. It was easier and not too much more expensive to just buy my food at farmers markets.

    1. Thanks Barbara for sharing your story. I’m glad to hear that the barrier worked as long as it did. I’m so sorry to hear about the ground squirrels, what a pain. I love that you have used the local farmers market to relieve the stress for you. We have a farm we go to most falls that we can right on a hay rack and go to all the fields and dig out and collect produce. We usually do that for the fun, experience, and collecting as much as we can to get through the winter.

  14. Oh my word, what a great list of ideas! I’ve heard of some of them (thank you, grandmas who passed along the marigold tip!), but some are completely new to me.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. I’m so glad that I could share some tips with you that might help others as well. Thank you so very much for the tip! I truly appreciate it.

    1. Thank you so much Donna and thanks for the Pin.

  15. Sandra Cook says:

    Any ideas for getting rid of chipmunks?

  16. Carol Cox says:

    good advice here, thank you so much. i would like to ask you, do you know what i could use to rid my yard of IGUANAS? i live in Venezuela and they are a pest. they can strip a good size shrub in a matter of hours. dogs don’t scare them either. someone suggested a commercial repellant but it is unavailable here. i would prefer a more natural way of keeping them from my babies…

    1. Thank you Carol. I recommend putting fence like chicken wire around them. It’s inexpensive and should do the trick.

  17. Marigolds will keep grasshoppers away.

    1. Thank you Sarah, I’m thrilled you want to try some 🙂

  18. I knew about the marigolds but the others are new to me. Great info. I am going to put some pinwheels in my garden this week. Great info thanks! #trafficjamweekend

    1. Thanks Tracy, I”m thrilled that you have some new things to try. Move those pinwheels around once and a while as the animals get used to them. Keep them on their toes 😉

  19. Such great ideas here! Thanks so much for sharing on the Simple Homestead Blog Hop. You are one of our features this week!

    1. Thank you so much and thank you for the feature. You’ve made my day! I hope you have a great week and I’ll see you at the next link up.

  20. Super ideas – thank you for sharing! I had not heard of the grated soap – will be giving it a try!

    1. Thank you so much Melissa and I’m thrilled you want to give it a try. Hope it works great for you too.

  21. Thanks for sharing these wonderful anti-pest tips with Creative Compulsions!


    1. Thank you so much Michelle, I hope they help others too.

  22. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas without harmful chemicals. I want to feature this on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop. Congratulations on a great post.

    1. You are so very sweet Kathleen, thank you so much. It’s always been important to me to reduce chemicals in our home/lives, and it became even more important after fighting breast cancer this last year.

  23. I live in the Colorado foothills where we have wildlife galore. It is very hard to deter them from gardens as they seem to learn how to defy every trick…lol. I do plant marigolds and lavender which they don’t like, but they will still go around those plants and eat the others. I will try your hot pepper spray and see if that works. Anything I want to protect has to be surrounded by chicken wire–all my roses are wrapped up!

    1. Hi Pat, I’m in Fort Collins, CO and I totally know what you’re saying. I will say that after each rain, you’ll have to spray the plants again. Chicken wire is definitely one of your best defenses. Also moving the spinners around will help a little. They do get used to them, so I move them a lot.

  24. I am cursed with slugs and land snails. If I want to make it rain, I put out saucers of beer for the slugs. Invariably, it rains and I’ve wasted another PBR! They even eat the marigolds. NOW I hang my basil from the side of the house as they decimate that, too. One year I got so mad after a rainy stretch that I took a pair of extra spaghetti tongs and hand picked them off! (Ditto for tomato horn worms–no way I’m touching THEM!) I’ve had critters chew on car wires; I put a few mothballs in a bit of onion bag under the hood. Good to check the air filter, too! I plant mothballs with my tulip bulbs (daffodils are poisonous if eaten so critters leave them alone). Deters mice, moles, and deer. I’ve put mothballs down critter holes. I bought a yard sale Hav-a-Heart trap but I am afraid I might catch a skunk! Then, who do I hate enough to leave a woodchuck in THEIR yard? Using an old mirror attached to a stick lets you check the underside of leaves for catepillar/insect egg clusters (I hate cucumber beetles and potato bugs!) I think with everyone’s hints you can do another post!

    1. Hi Kathy – love reading your comment – thank you so much for sharing all of this information. I truly appreciate it and your incredible gardening journey.

  25. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. Thanks Marilyn, I’ll see you at the next one.

  26. Great tips, Chas. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

  27. Such great tips. Some of these are new to me and I’ll definitely try them. Thanks for sharing with us at Charming Homes and Gardens Link Party!

    1. Thank you very much Rachel, and I hope they work as great for you as they do me.

  28. Congratulations! Look for your feature on Wednesday’s Charming Home & Garden Link Party

    1. Thank you so much Rachel, and I’ll see you at the next one.

  29. This has been the most informative post! I knew about marigolds and egg shells, but that’s about it! I was really surprised by the Irish Spring advice! We have so many slugs and deer here. I’m so happy that you are being featured at the Charming Homes and Gardens party!

    1. Thank you so much Kim and I’m thrilled there are some tips here that might help you too. Thank you so much for the feature!

    1. Thank you Kim and you are so very sweet for sharing. Thank you so much!

  30. Brilliant ideas Chas – I can’t wait to try the anti-squirrel ones! Thanks for passing Grandma’s wisdom along. 🙂 Hope you have a lovely day my friend!

    1. You are so very sweet Barbara, and I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me 🙂 Hugs to you!

  31. I was wondering on the Irish spring in the garden, how often do you have to put more out to keep the squirrels away? We have not had a squirrel problem on our acreage for 30 years but last year they started showing up and eating my vegetables. I’m determined to send them packing, lol!

    1. Hi Lynette. I replace it as it dissappears (rain, disolving, etc). Squirrels can be a bit tricky and what we have round really effective is making a mixture of sunflower seeds, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. We place that inside a live trap, catch the squirrels and relocate them.

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