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Keeping wild peacocks out of my small raised garden

Zone Webster, Fl | Anonymous added on October 8, 2018 | Answered

They really like my squash leaves worried about my cucumber plants. I would am going to try foil and bright colored ribbon. If you have any other ideas,please pass them on to me. Thank you for your time. Janet

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on October 9, 2018

If it is possible in your area, I would try chicken wire. This can keep them from reaching into your beds. Otherwise, I would recommend boiling cut up spicy peppers in water. Strain the peppers out and spray your plants with it. this will keep most pests away, and will not hurt your plants, although you will want to avoid spraying any mature fruit. The spicy chemical, capsaicin, is soluble in acid, as it is alkaline in nature, so if you do have to spray the produce, then you will want to wash them in lemon juice, or anything else acidic to get rid of the spice.

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