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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
  • From: Jim Sherwood <jimwsherwood@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 07:59:44 -0800 (PST)


> Message: 1
>    Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 14:20:41 -0500 (EST)
>    From: creativegarden@webtv.net
> Subject: Winter Gardening and Rabbit Solutions! #145
> 
>  
> Issue145
> =========================== 
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> Here in the USA our weather is as diverse as our people.  Buffalo,
> New
> York is digging out of several feet of snow while other parts of
> the
> country are experiencing record warm temperatures!   Today's
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> CONTENTS 
> Article:Winter Gardening    
> On A Positive Note
> Gardener to Gardener  Unusual Rabbit Solutions
> Garden Tips
> Garden Recipes -Fighting seasonal dryness- lip balm,  dry shampoo,
> yucca  
> Book Review 
> Seed Swap
> Feedback
> Writing for Creative Gardening
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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
> new
> ones. 
> 
>  Only two percent of all insects are harmful. Why are they all in
> my
> garden? 
> 
> 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?
> Try
> common fertilizer. A 5-10-10 fertilizer if used sparingly is an
> effective ice melter. Mix with sand for added traction. Pure
> nitrogen
> 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
> landscape
> beds except for three herb gardens) one orchard and about 1050
> interior
> 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
> I
> could plant. I lost all my petunias and many other plants. I waged
> war. 
> 
>   Being a hospital, I could not use anything toxic or at all
> dangerous to humans. I also could not actually kill the rabbits,
> just
> deter them from my flowers, not easy considering people liked to
> feed
> 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
> some
> tiger poop. The cat handler called me an explained the slight
> possibility of histoplasmosis. This would be a danger only to the
> person
> placing the poop, not to the general public. It is most dangerous
> to
> pregnant women and those with immune deficiencies. I did not fall
> into
> either categorie so I donned gloves and accepted 10 gallons of
> really
> nasty smelling poop. I put one or two scoops in each garden. The
> rabbits
> scattered!! As the poop desolved and I saw that rabbit was actually
> part
> 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
> it
> sit. I added about two teaspoons garlic salt, strained the whole
> thing
> and added enough water to make two gallons. I sprayed the plants
> every
> other day for several weeks. After that, the rabbits did not come
> back
> 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
> rabbits
> 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
> that
> are away form public traffic. 
> 
>   I can always tell a gardener when I mention rabbits and instead
> of
> saying, "Oh, they're so cute!" they say, "Oh, those monsters!" 
> 
>   I enjoy the news letter immensely. Thank you for letting me share
> (vent). 
> 
> Peace,
> Ellen Stanley 
> estanley2001@yahoo.com
> 
> 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
> use
> fencing as a deterrent, sometimes it works, most times it is a
> temporary
> solution.  Either way, it is impractical in your situation.    Here
> in
> PA, deer will also eat everything.  Some scientists are
> experimenting
> with birth control for deer.  But I don't think it could be applied
> to
> 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
> with
> 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
> barberries
> add shades of red and some flowering kale can be made to last
> through
> 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?
> How
> much do I want to spend? 
> 
> Next, draw a garden plan: 
> 
> Make a rough sketch of your garden. Include where perennials and
> bulbs
> are approximately 
> planted. 
> 
> In the remaining space , pencil in where you might like to add a
> small
> evergreen shrub or ornamental grass. Remember that a little goes a
> long
> 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
> add
> to your collection, go to 
> <a
>
href="http://community-2.webtv.net/Acrossthefence/GardenCatalogs";>catalogs</a>
> or http://grammyk.com and click on Garden Catalogs) to find ideas
> and
> price ranges. Check with local nurseries to see if they carry the
> same
> plants or can order them for you. This may save you additional
> shipping
> and handling charges. 
> 
> Start a garden journal 
> 
> A journal will help you keep track of your garden by season, what
> you
> planted, what worked and what didn't work , and when to expect
> harvest
> 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
> software
> that creates one for you. 
> 
> Here are the things to include in your journal. Start your journal
> by
> keeping a record of when and where you ordered each plant . This
> will
> help you weed out (pun intended) unsatisfactory suppliers and if
> you
> need advice about the plant you will know where to go. 
> 
> At planting time, add the dates and items planted. Check for bloom
> dates
> and harvest times provided on the tags and packaging. Skip ahead
> and
> 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
> a
> log will take a lot of guess work out of gardening for this year
> and
> years to come. 
> 
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> GARDEN RECIPE 
> 
> Sometimes we are so busy taking care of our gardens we forget to
> take
> care of the gardener!  
> Here's some recipes for any season.
> 
> LIP BALM  
> 
> Ingredients
> 
> 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
> are
> safe to eat) 
> 
>   Directions 
> 1. Sterilize containers that will hold your lipbalm.  
> 
> 2.Melt wax in a double boiler over low heat, never leave wax
> unattended. 
> 
> 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
> and
> flavors. 
>                         **
> **Use cornstarch as a dry shampoo for a quick refresher.  Sprinkle
> on
> 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
> the
> 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
> basin.
> Keep wetting and rubbing the pieces to form a lather.  Use this to
> wash
> your hair
> , then rinse well. 
> Yucca root can also be found in better health food stores.
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> 
> GARDEN GUIDES
> 
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>
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> 
> Potpourri Guide
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> Do alot of winter driving?
> Check out Pop Pop's car tips.
> wintercartips@sendfree.com
> 
> How-to get the most from your soil test kit. 
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> 
> Some guides for indoor gardeners.
> 
> What's ailing your houseplants?
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> 
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> ,Lee
> Anne White
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> a
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> your
> yard and walkways.
> 
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>   
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