OT but interesting on tea for rabbits Fwd: [CreativeGardening] Digest Number 133
- Subject: OT but interesting on tea for rabbits Fwd: [CreativeGardening] Digest Number 133
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- Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 07:59:44 -0800 (PST)
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> Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 14:20:41 -0500 (EST)
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> Subject: Winter Gardening and Rabbit Solutions! #145
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> On A Positive Note
> Gardener to Gardener Unusual Rabbit Solutions
> Garden Tips
> Garden Recipes -Fighting seasonal dryness- lip balm, dry shampoo,
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> ON A POSITIVE NOTE
> A callused palm and dirty fingernails precede a Green Thumb.
> When all the chores are done, the avid gardener will invent some
> Only two percent of all insects are harmful. Why are they all in
> To dig is to discover.
> - Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onions: The Maxims of Gardening
> **GARDEN TIPS**
> Looking for a safer ice melt to use around your lawn and plants?
> common fertilizer. A 5-10-10 fertilizer if used sparingly is an
> effective ice melter. Mix with sand for added traction. Pure
> fertilizer ,such as urea can also be used. It can melt ice at
> temperatures as low as 11 degree but like salt, it works best
> between 25
> -30 degrees. Mix 3lbs urea per 100 lbs of sand. Remember to use
> sparingly since too much fertilizer can also harm plants.
> Love lavender in sachets and cookies? Do you brew lemon grass and
> use it
> for a bug repellant?
> Share your favorite plant uses with us at CreativeGarden@webtv.net
> GARDENER TO GARDENER
> RABBIT SOLUTIONS
> My name is Ellen Stanley and I am the horticulturist at St. Francis
> Hospital in Tulsa, OK. I garden 56 acres, 110 garden beds (all
> beds except for three herb gardens) one orchard and about 1050
> plants in various settings. If this is not the best job on the
> planet, I
> really don't care what is.
> My one bane is bunnies. A couple of years ago, after the fourth
> mild winter in a row, the rabbits ate some of my gardens as fast as
> could plant. I lost all my petunias and many other plants. I waged
> Being a hospital, I could not use anything toxic or at all
> dangerous to humans. I also could not actually kill the rabbits,
> deter them from my flowers, not easy considering people liked to
> the nasty creatures.
> Here were some of the things that worked. First, I called the
> horticulturist at the local zoo (a friend of mine) and asked for
> tiger poop. The cat handler called me an explained the slight
> possibility of histoplasmosis. This would be a danger only to the
> placing the poop, not to the general public. It is most dangerous
> pregnant women and those with immune deficiencies. I did not fall
> either categorie so I donned gloves and accepted 10 gallons of
> nasty smelling poop. I put one or two scoops in each garden. The
> scattered!! As the poop desolved and I saw that rabbit was actually
> of the tigers' diet, it was obvious why. Good stuff!
> For places where smell was a factor, I made jalopenia tea. I
> ground up 7 peppers and 1 onion, poured hot water over it and let
> sit. I added about two teaspoons garlic salt, strained the whole
> and added enough water to make two gallons. I sprayed the plants
> other day for several weeks. After that, the rabbits did not come
> even if I did not spray.
> I noticed that the rabbits sat in but did not eat anything
> in the herb gardens. I planted mint where its invasiveness would
> not be
> a problem and planted garlic and chives in other locations. The
> leave everything in these gardens alone!
> On a not so sweet note, I capture as many rabbits as I can and
> give them to the zoo to feed to the tigers. I built owl habitats in
> several trees, and I introduced some large snakes to those gardens
> are away form public traffic.
> I can always tell a gardener when I mention rabbits and instead
> saying, "Oh, they're so cute!" they say, "Oh, those monsters!"
> I enjoy the news letter immensely. Thank you for letting me share
> Ellen Stanley
> Oh, if you want to share my e-mail address, that is fine. Part of
> my job
> is answering questions and I let that expand to anyone who has one.
> Thanks Ellen for organic efforts! I get letters year round about
> rabbits and it seems you are not alone. Many vegetable gardeners
> fencing as a deterrent, sometimes it works, most times it is a
> solution. Either way, it is impractical in your situation. Here
> PA, deer will also eat everything. Some scientists are
> with birth control for deer. But I don't think it could be applied
> rabbits! ~ CK
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> **Winter Gardening**
> January is a great time for getting our creative gardening juices
> flowing. A garden can give pleasure year round by selecting plants
> colorful winter foliage, unusual bark or produce berries. Many
> ornamental grasses dry in different shades and add contrast to
> snowscapes .
> Evergreens like azaleas add a touch of green . Hollies and
> add shades of red and some flowering kale can be made to last
> parts of winter.
> Start by looking at your "empty garden".
> Ask yourself these questions:
> What can I plant in spring that will accent my garden in winter?
> much do I want to spend?
> Next, draw a garden plan:
> Make a rough sketch of your garden. Include where perennials and
> are approximately
> In the remaining space , pencil in where you might like to add a
> evergreen shrub or ornamental grass. Remember that a little goes a
> way and you can always add another plant later in the season.
> Next, go through your garden catalogs (if you need some new ones or
> to your collection, go to
> or http://grammyk.com and click on Garden Catalogs) to find ideas
> price ranges. Check with local nurseries to see if they carry the
> plants or can order them for you. This may save you additional
> and handling charges.
> Start a garden journal
> A journal will help you keep track of your garden by season, what
> planted, what worked and what didn't work , and when to expect
> times. You can make this as simple or elaborate as you want. You
> can use
> the free handout calendars from stores and services or even use
> that creates one for you.
> Here are the things to include in your journal. Start your journal
> keeping a record of when and where you ordered each plant . This
> help you weed out (pun intended) unsatisfactory suppliers and if
> need advice about the plant you will know where to go.
> At planting time, add the dates and items planted. Check for bloom
> and harvest times provided on the tags and packaging. Skip ahead
> list these dates in the appropriate places on your calendar.
> Save pictures to fasten on individual sheets to create plant
> profiles if
> you wish.
> By taking a few minutes to jot this information on a calendar or in
> log will take a lot of guess work out of gardening for this year
> years to come.
> GARDEN RECIPE
> Sometimes we are so busy taking care of our gardens we forget to
> care of the gardener!
> Here's some recipes for any season.
> LIP BALM
> 1 Tablespoon Beeswax
> 2 Tablespoons oil (almond, coconut, etc)
> oil from 2 Vitamin E capsules
> 5 drops of peppermint essential oil (ALWAYS make sure your oils
> safe to eat)
> 1. Sterilize containers that will hold your lipbalm.
> 2.Melt wax in a double boiler over low heat, never leave wax
> 3. Let cool slightly, add the rest of the ingredients. Transfer to
> container. Store in a cool place.
> Experiment with the amount and types of oils for different textures
> **Use cornstarch as a dry shampoo for a quick refresher. Sprinkle
> and brush out.**
> Yucca Shampoo
> Yucca has become a favorite accent plant in many gardens across the
> United States. The roots of these showy easy-to-grow spikes were
> rage awhile back; seemingly added to every cosmetic on the market.
> Yucca root contains a natural detergent. To take advantage of this
> soapy quality, cut and peel a piece of root. Smash it with a
> hammer or
> meat mallot. Run water over the pieces and catch the suds in a
> Keep wetting and rubbing the pieces to form a lather. Use this to
> your hair
> , then rinse well.
> Yucca root can also be found in better health food stores.
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> Landscaping Your Home;Creative Ideas From America's Best Gardeners
> Anne White
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