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Dear Betty,

I do have a garden.  I like it, and on occasion, have commented on hosta 
stuff both on the Open and privately.

I live in Detroit in a historic district built originally by some of the 
great names in the automotive world and others of influence at the turn of 
the century.  My lot is about 2/3 of an acre and the 7,000 sq ft house sets 
towards the front of the property.  The 4-car garage I built a few years back 
is at the rear of the property.  I have eliminated all lawn from the back 
garden and have a privet hedge that roughly divides the back garden into 
front and rear gardens.  The front rear garden has 5 beds--one along each lot 
line, one from the rear porch extending to the far side of the west wing, one 
against the privet hedge between the two walks going to the rear garden and 
an oval raised bed in the center.  The rear garden is largely a 
work-in-progress, with a few things going that I find attractive.

Since the hospital I worked at for 33 years closed in February 2000, I have 
decided to return to school to become a Registered Nurse.  I am enrolled in a 
two-year Associates Degree program, taking 15 hours last semester and 17 
hours this semester.  I have maintained a 4.0 GPA.

I, too, have problems with slugs and rabbits, which I control with ammonia 
water and cats, respectively.  I have posted on the former for the last 
couple of years, but there seems to be little interest in slugs during the 
winter months.

Thank you for your concern.

Jim Dixon
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