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Old 04-27-2020, 09:51 AM
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What's the best plants to repel rodents and other plant-eaters?

I have several raised beds that were basically failures last summer. Nothing we planted grew: carrots, radishes, a few other things.

I've heard that mice will burrow down and eat the seeds.

Now I'm thinking I'll plant jalapenos, oregano, onions, and similar plants that might be less desirable, and I have a new raised bed close to the house that I'll use for other veggies.

Any suggestions welcome!
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Old 04-27-2020, 10:42 AM
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Try planting a 50/50 mix of repellant plants WITH non-repellant plants in close proximity in the same beds. The repellant plants don't all have to be veggies or other edible plants, they just have to be repellant with a very strong herbal smell to them that doesn't smell very pleasant to you. If you find the smell (or taste) repellant for yourself chances are it will also be repellant to many, many other things too, including insects and rodents.

I'll give you an example - they are not veggies but it's still the same principle - I grow santolina, Russian sage and curry in close proximity to other ornamental plants that are highly susceptible to sucking insects like aphids and spit bugs and raspers like slugs and snails. The santolina in particular is very effective because it smells a lot like camphor or moth balls so it keeps away mice and squirrels too.

There are several strong smelling species of herbs in or related to the mint family, including oregano, bee balm, rosemary, sages, thymes, savory, etc. that are effective against most rodents and other chewing things (but some of them {rosemary} can get spit bugs so those need to be washed off) which when planted closely with other edible plants will help prevent them from being victimized.

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Old 04-27-2020, 10:48 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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None that I know of. They will even chew through netting to get to your tasty crops. If you have rodents, do like I did (Squirrels, rabbits and deer) and build a greenhouse with screened door/windows and no openings for them to get in. Same for slugs. I just got back from salting the outside plastic to kill off the 100+ baby slugs and two big ones crawling on it. I use deadline around the perimeter to kill them before they can get in.

There are some flowers that are said to repel some rodents, such as Marigolds, Peppermint, Rosemary and Lavender. I don't think they work, but you could try.
At least they add some color to the garden.
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