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Friday June 24th 2016

How To Keep Pesky Animals Out Of Your Garden

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Gardening is such a rewarding hobby. One of my favorite things to do is to look out my window to see the progress of my plants. I may see two or three of my green tomatoes starting to turn red, or maybe I spot a new petunia that's just beginning to open up. What I don't like to see is a rabbit sitting in my garden chomping on my lettuce plants or a cat digging holes around my colorful pansies. This week, I thought I'd look into what a gardener can do to keep the pesky pests away so a garden has a chance to grow. Enjoy!

Deer

If you have a lot of deer around your area, you already know that they love to feast on many items in a garden. One way to deter deer is to build a fence. Deer can jump high, so the fence will have to be at least eight feet tall. Deer also have a good sense of smell, so they stay away from overly fragrant plants such as sage, lavender, and bearded irises. They steer clear of lamb's ears as well because of their prickly leaves. Growing these plants keeps the deer away and adds to the beauty of your garden!

Rabbits

Rabbits are known for their twitching noses and their excellent sense of smell. One smell they don't care for is that of onions, so planting onions around the perimeter of your vegetable garden can help to deter rabbits from consuming your greens. Sprinkling sulfur around your garden is another way to deter rabbits. In addition, these long-eared creatures are repelled by certain flowers, including impatiens, geraniums, marigolds, and Russian sage.

Skunks

I don't know about you, but it's hard for me to keep quiet when I look out the window to see a skunk wandering around my lettuce and tomato plants. One way to deter skunks is to put a chicken-wire covering around each vegetable plant. This denies them all access. Planting squash around the perimeter of your garden is another idea: Skunks will avoid stepping on a squash because the leaves have hairs on them that can irritate a skunk's paws. Putting mothballs around your garden is another way to discourage visiting skunks. They don't like the smell of mothballs. (Me neither!)

Moles or Mice

Keep weeds and straw out of your garden so mice and moles don't have a place to create a nest. Planting onions, garlic, or mint in your garden gives you some tasty ingredients to use for recipes, and rodents are deterred by the aroma of these particular herbs. Lavender is also not a favorite with mice.

Bears

A heavy chain-link fence can keep bears from entering your garden. Make sure it is at least eight feet high and goes two feet beneath the ground. If you have a compost pile in your garden area, be sure to keep turning it regularly so bears won't be attracted by the smell.

Raccoons

Raccoons have sensitive noses, so a garlic and chili powder mix sprinkled around the perimeter of a garden can be a deterrent. Setting a radio to turn on and play loud music in the middle of the night can cause raccoons to scatter, though of course, your neighbors may not be too happy with you. A circle of LED pathway lights also may deter raccoons from approaching a garden.

Birds

If you have small birds stealing seeds and pecking at items in your garden, try putting up a plastic owl to scare them off. You can also tie balloons around your garden with faces painted on them. The movement and appearance of the balloons can cause birds to stay away. The presence of a cat can also be a deterrent for birds who try to visit.

Cats and Dogs

If you prefer not to have any cats around your garden, try planting lavender, geraniums, lemon thyme, and rue. These fragrant flowers are too much for a cat's sense of smell. Or you could scatter some lemon and orange peels around your garden: Cats don't like the scent of citrus. If you want to keep dogs away from your garden, put up a fence that's four or five feet tall. You might also sprinkle crushed dried pepper mixed with powdered mustard around the perimeter of your garden. Most dogs will shy away from this odor. A sprinkler that's motion-activated can also keep dogs away.

I hope these ideas are helpful. Happy gardening! - Ava

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Tuesday June 14th 2016

The History Of Gardening

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People have a variety of reasons for working in their gardens. Some do it to relieve stress, while others get satisfaction from growing and eating their own vegetables. Working in my garden allows me quiet time to collect my thoughts after a busy week. Did you know that the practice of gardening has been around for centuries? Take a look at some surprising facts about the history of gardening. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Tuesday June 7th 2016

Stop And Smell June's Birthflower, The Rose

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The rose is the official birth flower of June, and there are so many things to like about this lovely bloom, don't you agree? Many people love the fragrance of roses, while others appreciate the variety of colors. I like to visit my friend's rose garden to admire the swirling patterns of petals. This week's blog is all about celebrating June's most notable bloom.

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Tuesday May 24th 2016

The Top 10 Reasons To Plant Your Own Garden

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The month of May is the perfect time to make sure your garden is ready for all of that summer growth. This means adding nutrients to the soil, pulling weeds, and watering your plants when the rain takes a vacation. I love working in my garden at this time of year because it helps to reduce my stress. Digging around in my garden makes me forget about all of the worries of the day. Reducing stress is the 11th reason to grow your own garden: Here are another ten.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Tuesday May 17th 2016

The 12 Best Plants To Clean The Air In Your Home

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May is Clean Air Month. When most people think of air pollution, they immediately picture a factory blowing smoke miles into the sky above it. But did you know that indoor air pollution can be worse than outdoor air pollution? EPA research on this subject shows that the levels of pollutants indoors can be two to five or even up to 100 times higher than the pollutant levels found outdoors. Can you imagine the increased amount of airborne pollutants in a home after a long winter with the windows closed? This statistic led me to wonder what we can do to clean up the air in our homes. The answer is to get some plants that specialize in improving indoor air quality. Consider this list of plants that vary in how much light they need to flourish.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Wednesday May 11th 2016

The Wonderful World of Wetlands

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During the month of May, we see flowers, plants and other elements of nature blooming all around us. What better month to celebrate our American wetlands? Did you know that wetlands play a very important role in the health of our environment? This week's post is all about wetlands and the ways that they benefit our world.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Wednesday May 4th 2016

May's Birthflower: The Lily of the Valley

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Lily of the valley is the official birth flower of May. This flower is one of my personal favorites. I attended a friend's wedding last spring and was so pleased to see this bloom included in the décor of the church. There were wreaths that featured lily of the valley hanging on each pew in the sanctuary. The fragrance was wonderful! So now, every time I smell a lily of the valley, I think of my friend's wedding ceremony. This unique flower has a history that is as interesting as its appearance. Check out what I found on this lovely flower of May. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Tuesday April 26th 2016

How To Repel Mosquitoes With Plants

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We had a mild winter, which means we'll be dealing with a lot of mosquitoes this spring and summer. I don't know about you, but I seem to be a magnet for these yucky pests. News stories about the Zika virus and other diseases carried by mosquitoes have prompted me to add certain plants to my garden. One of my favorites is lavender. I adore this purple bloom for two reasons. One, its fragrance attracts butterflies to my garden. Two, it's a natural mosquito repellent! Take a look at some other plants and flowers that will help to keep the mosquitoes away.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Wednesday April 20th 2016

22 Ways To Go Green For Earth Day

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day on April 22? I plan to go out with friends to help plant trees in a nearby park. I love working together with others to beautify our city. This week, I thought I'd suggest some things you could do on Earth Day as well as on every other day of the year!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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Wednesday April 13th 2016

Get Your Hands Dirty For National Gardening Month

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April is National Gardening Month, and I've started the celebrations by planting flowers to attract butterflies to my garden, and also planted a small herb garden to cook with. This week, I dug a little deeper into National Gardening Month and all of its celebrations. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
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