A Penny for Your Lily

lily

When I was at Canada Blooms (a horticulture trade show in Toronto, Ontario Canada) a few years ago a propieter of lilies gave me this bit of trivia…

Drop a penny in your planting hole when you plant your lily bulbs and deer will no longer eat your lilies! Apparently the copper in the penny taints the taste and keeps deer moving instead of munching.

Very easy and cool idea…the only problem is Canada stopped using pennies on February 4th, 2013. If you live in Canada and are penniless, try dropping other sources of copper in the hole instead. Pieces of pipe or wire should work just as well.

Deer in a cage

And if copper in the hole doesn’t work a tightly woven eight foot fence will!