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Most snapdragons are self-seeding annuals, so they will come back each year, normally in greater numbers, but they are not the same plants as the year before, just the seeds. There are a few varieties that are considered perennial in the right zone (normally 9-10), however most are not, and it doesnt sound like yours is either. When it says cold hardy to -30 and says its an annual, that means the seeds will stay viable to that temperature in the winter and still grow in the spring.

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Sunny, thanks for that info on snapdragons! Are they perennials?

I have been saving all this great info people share in a folder on my PC. It will be so helfpul when I plant or think of planting various things soo... emoticon

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I agree - yea for the fireflies. We had quiet the show last night in the woods behind our house. Oh how, I love this time of year. The peas sound good.
The Following is from e-how on Snapdraggons.

Step 1. Growing snapdragons from seed requires an early start, as germination can take three weeks or more. For spring planting, seeds should be started indoors approximately 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Seedlings can be transplanted 8 to 9 weeks after sprouting. If you use seedlings purchased from a garden center, choose plants that are healthy looking, with vibrant green leaves and strong stems. If possible, avoid plants that have developed buds or blossoms, as transplanting is often more stressful on plants that have begun the blooming process.

Step 2. Planting snapdragon seedlings should be done in soil that is rich in organic matter and light enough for good drainage. Snapdragons grow best in a soil with a negative pH and prefer full sunlight, although they will tolerate light shade. Place your seedlings six to eight inches apart for shorter snapdragon varieties, or twelve inches apart for the taller ones. Keep the soil moist around snapdragons, but not soggy, and fertilize every 4 to 6 weeks.

Step 3. Blooming season for snapdragons begins in the late spring. As these plants prefer cool temperatures, flowers generally wilt away with the approach of the summer heat. However, don't be in a hurry to pull your snapdragon plants from the garden after those spring blooms have faded, as snapdragons often will bloom again in the early fall as the cooler temperatures return. Be sure to deadhead snapdragons during the blooming season to encourage maximum flower production.


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Yay for fireflies, and for my first peas of the year (yum!). Any advice for keeping snapdragons in bloom? I bought some starts, and the plants look healthy, but all the flowers have turned brown and dropped. ???

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Oh my yes - there's so much that is magical in the world if you just open your heart & mind & let it all soak in.

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Anyway you look at it, it is very magical.

Love it.....

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I've always thought that, in a certain field near my home, that it's as if I'm up in an airplane looking down on the twinkling lights of a city.
(Shared this last year but there's always new members & just repeating it makes me feel so happy!)



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We have a wooded area behind our house, only about 60' away. When we look out there at night we can see thousands of Fireflies in the trees.

The Hayfield on the side of the house is also full of them. It is fun to sit outside and just watch for a while.

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We also have a bazillion fireflies - so much it looks like God strung little white christmas lights all over our woods.



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Sunny, it's ironic that you posted that info about fireflies .. I just read some similar info in my Birds & Blooms magazine.

We get TONS of them out here. MOST of our neighbors don't use chemicals and the properties are mostly wooded. It really does make a difference doesn't it?!

Sorry about the cat problem Dark-Wing. Wish I had easy solutions for ya. The sweetgum balls are a great idea - whew, I can remember walking on them a few times when I was wearing thin-soled shoes. OWIE! I'm sure someone here has some other ideas.

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Sweet gum balls is helping keep the neighborhood cats out of my Hosta bed. Bad news is they discovered my raised bed vegetable & strawberry garden & decided to use that. ARGHHHH!!!! I dug out some old screen & covered a portion of it. I don't want to put the sweet gum balls in there, so now I have to find a way to keep them out of there.

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Interesting about fireflies

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If you are interested in attracting them to your property:

1. Cut down or eliminate using chemicals on you lawn.

2. Reduce any "extra lighting" (photic noise) on your property, as this light interferes with the fireflies luminous signals (i.e., it is harder for fireflies of many species to locate mates in such areas). Also many firefly species are active only during a certain period of the evening. These insects determine when they will flash (i.e., the time of night) by the intensity of ambient light. This is why you don't see many fireflies flashing on clear nights when the moon is full.

3. Additionally, low overhanging trees, tall grass or similar vegetation will provide adult fireflies a place to rest during the day and remain cool.

While these tips may not guarantee you success in attracting fireflies to your yard, they may certainly improve the odds....

www.whiteriverwatchers.org/FireFlies
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Attracting Bees...

Here is a great link to attracting Bees.

www.ecobob.co.nz/EcoArticle/1993/0/A
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For me, I plant Sunflowers in my vegetable garden and bees love Sunflowers. There are many varieties and some as short as 2 feet so I say - go for it.

My Mom believed in planting Marigolds around the premier of her garden. She believed they not only attracted bees but also keep the slugs out of the garden.

Hope this helps. Sunny

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I'd love to hear about attracting fireflies. And, of course, attracting bees and other pollinators is a great gardening secret.

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Delightful story about the daisies. I read once that planting trees is an exercise in optimism - it's so cool to be able to leave life behind when you go.
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Sounds like a good one. Go for it.

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Any new gardening secrets? How about adding to this thread secrets of attracting wildlife .. birds, butterflies, etc. I just read an interesting article about how to attract fireflies. Any interest in adding this idea? Or mabe it should be a new thread?

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I will try to get a photo of them. We had heavy rains here again last night so looks like our planting is delayed once again. We had this problem last year too but have hope that we will have a drying out this week so we can get the garden in soon.

Take care and do have a very Blessed day.

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And I love daisies - I'm glad to hear that yours are doing well again this year. emoticon

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I know I put the coffee grounds in my potted plants last year and had great success with this.

So happy to report that my Daisies are blooming. The seeds came from my Mother's Daisy Garden. She passed away from Leukemia in 1985 so it is always a celebration of her life when these Daisies bloom.

Have a Happy Day.

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Used coffee grounds .. We save our grounds and dig them into our soil as an ammendment. Some coffee shops in our area even give away their used grounds in big bags.
Starbucks is on place that gives them away for free Used grounds provide generous amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper. They also make your soil slightly acidic. AND they encourage earthworms to come hang out in your soil ... a great way to keep your ground from becoming compacted!
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Now that's a great idea too! Wish I had known this earlier. I will have to buy some more bananas.

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That's awesome! never tried that!

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I grow my cukes and beans on my garden fence. Have for years. Clean veggies, well developed out of the soil. Easy to pick.

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We bought a cheap trellis at Wal-mart and trained our cukes on it one year. We grew the cukes in a pot & just staked the trellis inside the pot. They come in all sizes & shapes. It was so much easier to take care of them!

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my brother trained his squash to grow up the pillars of the patio and picked the squash real easy

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I have never built a trellis but what a great idea to keep the fruit of our labors off the ground and easy to pick.

I think an Arch would be great. Let us know what you decide.

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anybody ever built a trellis? I read an idea to train my melons and squash over a trellis arch and then you can pick them easily (and they're held off the ground) just by walking under the trellis. eHow had some ideas about building bent wood arches from willow branches and last year's sunflowers, but I don't have access to either of those things. Maybe I have to go shopping, but it's cheaper and I feel more accomplished if I can find a way to do it myself. Any ideas would be gratefully welcomed.

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I think the trellis is a great idea. Call your local nusery to find out which variety would be best for this.

Good luck and Good Growing. Getting one's hands dirty is a good thing.

I heard a great quote years ago and wanted to share it with you.

"She is plants a Garden works hand in hand with God."



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Hello everyone,

I am new to this group and thought I would post. I just bought a house and can FINALLY have a garden! I'm so excited as I haven't been able to actually garden since I was a kid!

I planted seeds for cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach and zuchinni in containers inside my home for now (I live in MN).

I plan to use trellis for my cucumbers as my garden is not very big.

Does anyone have any advice or tips? I can't wait to get out there and do some work!

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Dusty, thanks much for the info on lilacs! I will try pruning and adding manure to the soil.
I'll also try the banana peels around my roses in the fall although those generally bloom well.

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Cindy I am sharing a bit on lilacs in general.

Lilacs love a soil amendment of manure. I have used rabbit and horse manure. You don’t need to fertilize on a regular basis, however a fertilizer high in phosphorus
will help to promote blooming. In our grandparents day they would spread fireplace ash around the drip line of the lilac bush to promote better blooming.

There are numerous possibilities for poor lilac bloom which include too much nitrogen*, shade, immaturity and possibly, too low a temperature during the winter or early spring that resulted in the flower buds being killed.
*Is the lawn fertilizer getting under the lilacs?

The flower buds may have been pruned off. You may have the wrong soil pH; lilacs don't like acid soil they prefer a soil with a pH close to neutral.

1. Location/site: Lilacs grow and flower the best in full sun and well-drained soil. The bush may be planted too deep or you may be using a cultivar that is not adapted to your particular climate.

2. Timing of pruning: If you prune too late in the season you will be removing the next years flower buds. You should prune common lilacs immediately after flowering.
3. Age of shrub- Lilacs need renewal pruning because they bloom best on younger branches. You should cut out and remove dead or damaged wood as it appears, dead head after flowering and remove about 1/3 of the older branches every year AFTER blooming. Do this immediately after bloom (no later than July 1st) so you don’t remove next years flower buds that set early in the year. Shrubs are in need of renewal pruning. Lilacs tend to bloom best on younger branches. Cut about a third of all the older canes back as close to the ground as possible. The plant will send up a flush of leafy growth that should bud this summer and look better next year. Repeat the process every year until you have pruned all the older canes.
4. Plant vigor: If your lilac is under stress, it may also attract borers. If vigor is poor because of insects such as scale or borers your lilac will not produce blooms well. Usually removing the older stems will help to control these insects. (another reason for renewal or rejuvenation pruning).

Remember WATER ! Just as it is the magic lubricant for our bodies so it is with all plant life. Plants that are well watered are less attractive to insect and disease.
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Hi, I have a lilac bush that had flowers on it two years ago when I bought it, but it hasn't bloomed since. Another lilac bush of a different type right next to it blooms every year but plant stays small and it's not a dwarf lilac. Both bushes get sun from 8 AM until 1 or 2 PM. I'm sure it's that I don't fertilize the ground enough.
Does anyone know what's the best fertilizer for lilacs and when I should apply it so hopefully I will get blooms next spring?
Thanks,
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Banana Skins are gold in the garden- buried just below surface of soil they provide calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphate, sodium and silica. I put banana peels into my garden by the roses during the winter and from May to Sept they go around my tomato plants.

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Take care, keep growing, and have a Terrific Tuesday.

Today is blooming Tuesday so post your photos. I posted some of mine over the weekend as I knew I wouldn't have time today.

Off to work for a few more weeks.

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7 dogs is lucky? ha ha. You should see my dog food bill! ha ha. Too bad they don't eat lettuce!

I know that you can grow other veggies in these bags as well. Let's try and compare notes! :)

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Zoemom37 - My aunt swears by banana peels in the rose garden.

I will try it.

Thanks, Sunny

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When you have a Banana, cut the peel into small pieces and dig it into the soil around the roses - it is a wonderful, and cheap, fertilizer. Also, plant Lavender with the Roses, it will keep most pests away.

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TxCrickett - emoticon way to go on the weight loss. That is awesome.

A little bit of soil additive will not hurt the new rose - you just don't want to add so much that it burn the roots. Ask your local nursery what they recommend. Good luck with your new Rose and post photos on the team page when it blooms.

Keep up the good work with the weight loss.

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Armadillos and possums can great havoc - that is for sure. I would think a tall fence around the bed or get a live trap and put it out near the bed. I found this link on line. Hope it helps.

https://www.msu.edu/~nixonjos/armadi
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Awesome tips! So glad I found this team. emoticon I did a rounded 40'x15' bed at the end of my house with multi-layer newspapers and mulch. It looked wonderful for a few days, then it looked like it had been roto-tilled. I need to any ideas for keeping the ARMADILLOS out of my beds!!! emoticon

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I'm going home to plant some bottles around my sweet potatoes! Thanks for all the cool tips.

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I did not know this about the egg shells but have started saving my shells. I will let you know. Thanks so much!

** When your Easter Lily is finished blooming, don't throw it out. Let it dry and cut off the old foliage. Plant it in a partially sunny spot in your garden as it will grow and bloom again.



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A good way to help prevent blossom end rot on your tomatoes is to add lots of crushed eggshell to the soil before planting. The calcium in the shells leaches into the soil & helps prevent the brownish-black spots that appear on the bottoms of tomatoes when watering is uneven.

Blossom end rot starts when the flowers are setting, once it appears on a tomato there's nothing you can do about it. HTH!

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Planting Morning Glories or any other hard shelled seed requires that you first soak them for 24 hours. Then, place them on a damp paper towel and cover them with another paper towel. Once the seeds sprout, carefully remove them from the towels and plant them. Seedlings hould e popping out of the soil in a few days. Good luck!!

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This is so wonderful! I am learning SO MUCH here! Great tips, everyone!!! emoticon

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I think they would make a great mulch. They are organic so why not? I would check with your local nursery just to see for sure but I think it would be GREAT!

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I have tons of pine cones that need picking up. Do these make good mulch? My cat likes to use certain plants as a bed. The pine cones sounds like a good idea to help keep her away.


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Another cat solution. Is to cover some bubble wrap and put it in their favorite place. One little kitty claw gives them one powerful little popping surprise. Also foil. They hate the feel of it.

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Thanks for the advice on the tulips. I have some annuals in mind. I'll just plant around them. I planted a container rose (white) and the root ball fell apart when I planted it. It is a white Iceberg. It was covered in buds, they have opened and are now having periods of droopiness. It is rather leggy. Should I cut the flowers and legginess off, to help it get established? Do you think it is just shocky? And how soon can I fertilize when planting a container rose? or a root stock rose? I have planted both this year. Appreciate the advice. PS lost 1st 5lbs. I am so happy.

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Some more thoughts on controlling stray cats...

You could also use long thorny branches cut off of climbing roses and lay them along the middle of the beds to discourage cats from using the beds as their "comfort stations".

My Aunt who lives in texas says she uses the spiny fruit balls from sweet gum trees among the plants and also pinecones. Anything that will make the bed uncomfortable for the cat.

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I read somewhere to "plant" plastic forks, tines up, in the soil. I tried that & it helps some. I don't have a cat of my own, but there are several neighborhood cats & my freshly composted Hosta garden a a large pile of cat poop in it last night. When I'm out I run them off, but I can't be out there all the time LOL.

Sunny, We have a small cedar in the back yard, so I'll have to try cedar branches.

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I would do just a Zoesmom suggests. Also don't cut the tulip's leaves, tie or rubber band them down, or do anything to prevent them from receiving the sun's rays which would help them to grow beautiful and strong next year!

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You should not dig tulips or other spring Flowers up, they can stay in the ground, especially in the South. If you don't want seeds just take the flowers off and let the rest of the leaves wilt on their own, it helps the bulb to recuperate for next years bloom.

I plant annuals and other perennials around the bulbs, so the wilting leaves will be hidden by other flowers. emoticon

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Does anyone know anything about tulips. I live in Tx and tulips last as long as they bloom. Do I have to wait until the tops die to dig them up so I can plant in that flower bed? Or can I dig them up cut off the yellowing tops and store until next year?

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Wow - sounds like a great thing to do. I think I will try that with some spring veggies too. Thanks for the great idea, Arabigal!

Sunny

7 Dogs?? You are so lucky.

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I have a tip I got from Mother Earth News magazine...ever heard of planting plants in bags of topsoil? Lay the topsoil bag down flat. Cut down center almost end to end. Then cut out like a window frame leaving about 1-2" all the way around and plant your plants in there. Stops that nasty mildew virus too. I am going to try with some lettuce.

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I don't have cats in my yard. I have 7 dogs. :)

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According to the book, 1,112 Down to Earth Garden Secrets, To keep neighborhood cats from using your garden as a litter box, put braches trimmed from the cedar trees around the plants.

It is worth a try.

Sunny

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I'd like to know the answer to that myself, so they would leave my cat alone, he's old and a lover not a fighter

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Anyone have successful ways of keeping the neighborhood cats out of your gardens?

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Mulching

When you are ready to put down mulch, cover just-planted flowers with empty continers i.e. potting containers large enough to fit over the just-planted flowers. You won't have to worry about covering the flowers with the mulch or stepping on them.

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I like the idea for row planting. It's much easier than trying to do that while crawling around on the ground!

We have used the newspaper for weed prevention. It also helps to keep the soil from drying out too quickly. It works really really well on both counts!

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Sandy - I have seen seed tape in the stores but they are expensive. This sounds great. thanks for sharing.

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My tip is for planting small seed directly into the garden.
I take paper towels and cut them in two inch wide strips and dampen them with a sponge that has been dipped in water and seed starter solution.
Place the tiny seeds on the damp paper towel as directed on the seed package for the distance apart and place in the garden and cover.
You will have straight rows and evenly spaced plants.
I use this one for dill, radishes, leek and okra seeds.

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Thanks for the tip about moles. A few years back, they dug up my Rubarb and I really want to plant it again but afraid to until I read this. Thanks so much.

I do like the idea of laying the newspapers down to prevent weeds. I always thought the weeds I have here would grow right through the paper however I will try it this year.

Thanks! Sunny

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I just have one everyone knows already
to really keep out weeds spread newspaper down before putting mulch on top

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If you have moles or other berrying animals in your yard, dig several bottles up to their neck into the ground. When the wind goes over them it makes a sound underground that they do not like.

I have kept my beds mole free this way for years.

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Thanks for the tip Train!

My Tip for today...

To get an early start in the spring, make a cold frame out of straw bales and cover it with old storm windows. Just remember to remove the windows on sunny days so the plants don't get too hot.



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I would love to see more tips from other gardeners here. I have a recipe for keeping away deer. It's inexpensive to make, easy to apply, and safe. Although it keeps the deer away it won't harm them in the least.

2 Tablespoons liquid dish soap (any brand)
1 quart water
2 beaten eggs
1 tablespoon cooking oil

mix well and apply with any hand sprayer.

It needs to be reapplied after a couple of hard rains or when there is a lot of new growth. The deer don't like the taste of the soap, the smell of the eggs, the cooking oil holds it on the plants, and the water thins the mixture so it can be sprayed. Hope this helps!

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Thanks for the tip! emoticon

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To Strengthen seedlings and get this accustomed to the wind, place them in front of a fan. First, water them well then place them about 12 to 24 inches from an oscillating fan running at a very low speed for half an hour each day.

From my favorite book - 1,112 Down-to-Earth Garden Secrets.

Feel free to post one of your gardening Secrets.

Sunny
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