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Posted: 28-May-2008, 08:17 PM
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QUOTE (jbarron @ 28-May-2008, 09:20 AM)
I was wondering...does anyone know how to keep squirrels out of one's garden? They like to take one bite out of something, throw it on the ground and sample the next one. They wrecked havoc last year on my tomatoes and sweet corn.

Try putting some chicken wire around it.

My parents have to worry about squirrels and rabbits in their vegetable patch.


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Posted: 28-May-2008, 08:40 PM
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QUOTE (Donajhi @ 31-Aug-2007, 09:42 AM)
Does anyone know how tall okra gets before it starts producing.
The plants are mutants, I think. Leaves the size of dinner plates
but no pods, not even a flower. Is 6 foot to tall?

If the seeds were not from last years "hybrid" plants it should produce. Otherwise it is hard to say.

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QUOTE (jbarron @ 28-May-2008, 04:20 AM)
I was wondering...does anyone know how to keep squirrels out of one's garden? They like to take one bite out of something, throw it on the ground and sample the next one. They wrecked havoc last year on my tomatoes and sweet corn.

I have birds squirrels and rabbits to deal with. I bought some cheap rubber toy snakes, (the bigger the better) a plastic owl and I hang aluminum pie pans from string between tall stakes. Raccoons destroyed my corn so I quit planting it. Everything else except the neighbors leaves my garden alone. It is OK about the neighbors.

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QUOTE (valpal 59 @ 14-Jun-2007, 02:40 AM)
New flowerbed is done. Can't seem to keep the cats out of it. Does anyone have any tips for keeping them out?
The flowers in the first bed came back with a vengence this year. The lavender is most beautiful. MUST GET MORE LAVENDER!!!
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How is everyone's gardens doing?

I use blood meal in my tiny garden. (available in garden stores) It has to be replaced after a rain. If you have a big area it would be cost prohibitive. There are other things available (including maybe moth balls) Good luck!

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Thanks for the advice Patch.
Since we have been training Bailey to stay out of the flower beds the cats have started avoiding them most of the time.
The other evening Zoomie was trying to get Bailey to chase him thru the flower bed. She stopped at the edge. I went in and chased him out and Bailey looked like she was laughing at him and saying, NA NA NA NA BOO BOO, you got in trouble and I didn't. I had to laugh and give her a treat for being a good girl.


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QUOTE (Patch @ 28-May-2008, 02:40 PM)
QUOTE (Donajhi @ 31-Aug-2007, 09:42 AM)
Does anyone know how tall okra gets before it starts producing.
The plants are mutants, I think.  Leaves the size of dinner plates
but no pods, not even a flower.  Is 6 foot to tall?

If the seeds were not from last years "hybrid" plants it should produce. Otherwise it is hard to say.

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My son trans-panted cantaloupe plants that grew in his compost bin. He got a lot of tiny melons (tennis ball size) with almost no netting on the skin. They were hard as rocks but super sweet. They were a throw back from hybrid plants the year before. Many if not most seeds today are hybrid to improve the quality of the produce. If you like suprises and have the room save seed from hybrid plants.

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My dad recently purchased these time-release pellets to keep the critters away. They're supposed to smell like a predator's scent or urine. You all might want to look into that too.
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Could you find out the name of the pellets? I'll try anything.
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If the hot winds do not quit blowing, my flowers are not going to make it. sad.gif
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valpal hope your flowers made it alright. It has been so cold and rainny here we figure we lost one month of summer. The garden is starting to take off now. I have broccoli, spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, peas, corn, peppers, watermelon. strawberries, plums, cherries. And, I have a new peach tree. Hopefully I won't get hail or any strong winds this year.

My lavender has made it for another year and it's starting to bloom.

I'm having a problem with mr. robin eating my netted strawberries..."makes me so mad!" lol....

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Most of the plants are still alive, but do not look very good. We have had a break from the hot winds, but they are supposed to be back late next week.

My lavender is one of the few things that looks really good. The oldest one is so full and has lots of blooms. The 2 I planted last year are just starting to grow good and the 3 I planted this year are small but alive.

Rindy that sounds like a big garden. I hope the weather cooperates and you have a great harvest. I do have 2 tomato plants in a half whiskey barrel. The last 3 years that I planted a garden it would get hailed on but would come back and then would get hailed on again and be totally wiped out.
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My 6 tomato plants are beginning to really grow. I had 5 but one came up from last year's seed. I left it grow to see what it produces. If there are no neighbors interested this year I doubt I will plant them again. I had planted some Heirloom varieties which were susceptible to Tobacco Mosaic and I asked that they wash their hands before picking those if they were smokers. Maybe they thought I was weird or something. Oh well, it was their loss.

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My garden is finally starting to grow. I'm not sure but my spinach bolted already only had a few leaves. My lavender is doing like yours Val, I have one plant with a lot of blooms the rest are still growing. Looks kind of weird. Glad you had a break from the winds.
Patch I haven't heard of Tobacco Mosaic will have to look it up. I usually end up with to many tomatoes thank goodness for neighbors! lol


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QUOTE (Rindy @ 25-Jun-2008, 08:51 AM)
My garden is finally starting to grow. I'm not sure but my spinach bolted already only had a few leaves. My lavender is doing like yours Val, I have one plant with a lot of blooms the rest are still growing. Looks kind of weird. Glad you had a break from the winds.
Patch I haven't heard of Tobacco Mosaic will have to look it up. I usually end up with to many tomatoes thank goodness for neighbors! lol


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Most of the Hybrids are resistant to VFFNT or a portion of that. They put it on the little plastic tag. The T stands for Tobacco Mosaic. I eas told that smokers carried it on their hands. They must as my Son planted some and he is a smoker. His plants died.

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smile.gif Hallo there,
Unfortunately I' ve not a garden but little 2 balconies at this time. I've many plants and flowers but I'm really proud about a climbing rose that I've gaven as a gift myself for my birthday. It's high pink colour and yellow and In few time is so grown up until the floor over me and now has 24 rosebud and does continue put others !!! clap.gif I'm always looking at like a baby...Maybe am i crazy? laugh.gif
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