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4/3/11 5:08 A

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Sorry I didn't get this posted sooner. Here's Daves Garden:


davesgarden.com/

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3/30/11 2:52 P

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Thanks for sharing the useful information!

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3/30/11 2:46 P

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I got the lavender and the spearmint because they are supposed to deter deer. I only have problems with one deer who is nearsighted and not quite right in the head. The rest stay clear. I never had any problems with the deer in the spring are most of the summer, but during the late summer and early fall this one sometimes decides to check out the garden.

Then discovered from neighbor that day lilies and daffodils would deter deer because they don't like their smell. I think that might be the reason I don't have a deer problem for most of the year as long as they are growing (not necessarily blooming) because I have daffodils and day lilies as well as Irises planted around my yard. I know Irises must give off a smell that some don't like, either, because I had a friend who had to mow down their Irises as soon as they came up because her mom hated the smell of Irises.

Now if I can just find some fall plants that deter deer I should have it made on that count.

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3/30/11 1:25 P

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This is all great info, thank you for sharing it.

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3/29/11 11:44 A

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Wow, this is a lot to take in! Thanks for posting this link, it's a great resource.
I need to start planning my fall garden now! Maybe by the time planting comes, I'll have some sort of arrangement planned. Whew!

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3/27/11 9:16 P

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Thank you. Got them ordered. I ordered, tansy, pennyroyal, lavendar, and spearmint.

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3/27/11 8:28 P

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tansy sources from the Mother Earth News Seed and Plant Finder:

http://www.heirloomseeds.com/herb.htm
http://www.richfarmgarden.com/tansy.html
http://www.horizonherbs.com/product.asp?
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http://www.rhshumway.com/dp.asp?pID=0246
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http://www.forestfarm.com/product.php?id
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3/27/11 6:39 P

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Thanks, Yeicon2. Could you supply a link to the page on Dave's Garden where I can find this information?

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3/27/11 6:26 P

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I just looked up tansy on Dave's Garden. There are stores that sell it and even better people who want to sell or trade. It's a great site for all kinds of info.

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I used this years ago and my aunt had some in her flower bed. Now I am having problems finding it anywhere. So many of our old plants that had benefits before modern pesticides that have been forgotten are disappearring. It is really shame. If someone can find where I can buy some please let me know. This was really a great asset to old time gardeners. Maybe I have lived too long?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tansy

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Oh and another thing that is being forgotten is how to sterilize soil for starting your plants. Does anyone remember doing that? You don't just go dig soil and start plants to get the best results and even though you get good results with potting soil it is not as hardy as your own soil where your plants will eventually end up.

To sterilize your soil you must cook it first. You can do that in a microwave now or the old fashioned way in an oven. Oven Method: Spread it in a pan and cover with aluminum foil. Use a meat thermometer to tell when the temperature reaches 180 degrees, but don't let it get any higher than 180 degrees, definitely below 200 degrees and leave it at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Microwave Method: Per 2 pounds of soil cook 90 seconds on high.

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3/27/11 6:01 P

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I like Marigolds too. Plant them around my tomatoes, however, here in FL I've not had much luck with tomatoes. I'm trying again this year. CINDERRELIC what is tansy? I've never heard of it.


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3/23/11 9:27 P

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I always grow marigolds among my tomatoes - used to be to ward off nematodes, but I'm in a different part of the country now and just doing it out of habit. I also plant a few pyrethrum daisies around the garden, and other herbs and flowers because a mix just always seems to do better.

any advice for things to plant among my peas? I think of peas (legumes) as the plants that break in a new piece of soil so it's ready for other plants the next year, but maybe I should be more accommodating to my precious peas.

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I'm growing radishes, cilantro, and dill as companion plants to cucumber (beetles) and lettuce (spider mites). Anyone tried these companions before to keep away bugs and does it work?

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I picked up a companion planting book over the weekend. I look forward to seeing beautiful little surprises popping out and buzzing between my veggies.



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I also use companion planting to ward of insects. Over the years my favorites to plant around my garden have been marigolds (bugs and flying insects), tansy (especially good to deter ants), and pennyroyal.(keeps away ticks, mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests)

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This is great info! I'll have to carefully plant my items...sounds like it's a lot less work if other plants are doing the "weeding" for you!

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3/22/11 11:45 A

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thanks! I've heard about companion planting but didn't try it yet. emoticon

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Another interesting article from Mother Earth News
www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gard
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