Garden Tip: DIY Deer Repellent with Dried Milk

dried milk 300x300 Garden Tip: DIY Deer Repellent with Dried MilkYou don’t have to go any farther than your grocery store to purchase a green, and low cost solution that will solve your deer problems with a handy deer repellent.  I for one believe that if a homeowner wants to grow Vegetables, Tulips, Hosta, or Hibiscus, that they should be able to, without having to errect an 8ft. fence around them!

Common powdered milk, when dusted on your garden will easily prevent deer from eating those treasures in your garden!  Like many of the more expensive (and potentially harmful) chemical treatments on the market today, dried milk renders a plant inedible, and scent deterring to deer.  Deer do not like the smell or taste of milk after they have been weaned, and routine dustings of this harmless grocery item on your plants will train deer to believe that what you are growing in your yard is not edible.

If you are having trouble with deer try this method out!  It works on flowers, shrubs, and sapling trees. Powdered milk won’t harm your plants, or deter pollinators from them, and its a cheap fix that you can stock up on the next time you are already planning a trip to the grocery store.

Your Thoughts: Have you found a unique home remedy that works on repelling deer?  Have you tried Powdered milk?  Let me know if you find this method works for you!

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  1. I’ll have to pass the idea on to my parents. Great tip! Thanks Gardenista :)

    LOVE the coloring now – the header is so easy to read. Looks great and your blog is quite informative!

  2. Lisa says:

    I heard the Enfamil is good. Its hard to figure out which deer repellent really works. The largest directory of deer repellent product reviews is a place to start. They are all unbiased at plus there is a really thorough list of deer resistant plants on that website too. has some great articles about some interesting things you should know about deer repellents.

  3. Amy says:


    Thanks for the tip!

  4. Jane says:

    Have you used this? Powdered milk is not like baby powder. It doesn’t cling very well.


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