Old socks. Worn socks. Sweaty socks. Ones that used to be headed for the trash can. These are the socks that repel deer.
I drew the line at coyote urine. But socks - those were cheap and accessible. Try the socks, the co-worker urged. She didn't have a deer problem and had never tested the sock theory, but she heard it really worked.
The sock patrol, it turns out, was the best suggestion I'd heard since a cousin introduced me to spray-on sunscreen. Sure, it was a bit of a hassle to put the socks out each night and collect them in the morning. (I don't want them to detract from the lovely flowers.) And when it rains I have to hang them on the railing to dry. But this simple idea has solved my deer problem, with no harm to the deer and at no cost to me.