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Nov 04 2008

Catmint Catnip

Catmint Catnip Information

Invasive Herb or the purr-fect plant

Catmint / Catnip
‘Nepeta cataria’

This aromatic perennial plant from the mint family, can be used as a domestic herb to treat miscellaneous ailments and problems such as hemorrhoids, dandruff and to relax spasms. Many grow the plant and harvest the leaves to make a medicinal tea or essential oil.

The fragrant aroma is VERY attractive to most adult cats. As a matter of fact, most small cat toys sold in stores contain catnip, check the package. Catnip is completely nontoxic to cats.

© 2005 photo courtesy L Watts

There are many varieties of Catnip, many are flowering garden plants or grown as pot herbs. Some consider catnip a weed or a pest plant because it is extremely invasive. If you do not want catnip / catmint to take over your garden area, be sure and plant your catnip in a pot or planter.

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Oct 26 2008

Plants Deer Avoid

Plants Deer Avoid

If a deer gets hungry enough they will eat practically anything. There has been sporadic scientific research on plants that deer find unappetizing. According to many nursery wholesalers and through trial and error there are some plants that deer traditionally will only eat as a last resort.

deer in the woods

deer in the woods

© 2008 photo courtesy L Watts

The following is an alphabetized list of plants that deer would not normally feed upon.

Bee balm
Black locust
Butterfly bush
Rock rose
Russian sage
Wax myrtle

Here is another article offered by bluegrassgardens with

ideas on how to Keep Deer out of the Garden.

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Oct 25 2008

Keeping Raccoons out of your garden

Keeping Raccoons out of your garden

This time of year raccoons are running rampant. Raccoons raid your yard and garden from dusk till dawn looking for anything edible! Raccoons are omnivores. They will eat whatever they can find. Their favorite foods can be found in your trash cans and at your squirrel or birdfeeder. They scavenge for cat or dog food, suet, sunflower seeds, and they even venture into the vegetable garden looking for corn. They can also be fairly destructive and are strong enough to pull off siding and tear an opening to get into your home. If you are searching for ways to rid yourself of these pests. Here are a few alternatives since trapping and releasing seems to be futile. You can try starve them away and try to discourage them from making nightly visits to your yard. There is no sure fire way to keep Raccoons away once they begin their nightly visits but here are a few suggestions.

-Make sure no pet food or water bowls are left outside at twilight or at night.
Raccoons always wash whatever they are eating in water, be sure to eliminate any or all easy water sources.
-Use steel garbage cans with sturdy lids and tie downs.
Before closing your lid, add a small splash of ammonia. Raccoons HATE the smell.
-A good barking dog might work to scare them off. (Use caution with this idea- raccoons have very sharp claws and may harm your beloved pet)
-Try Installing motion activated lighting.
-Voices will discourage raccoons, try buying a cheap battery powered radio, turn it on a ‘talk station’ and leave it turned on by the trash cans at night.
-Place your bug zapper in the garden and leave it on all night.
-Place twinkling outside Christmas lights on a tree or two.
-Install an electric fence around your garden area.

Raccoons carry rabies and parasites and even though they appear cute and friendly, keep in mind they are a WILD animal. Adult raccoons are about 2 to 3 1/2 feet long, including their tail and can weigh anywhere from 10 to 40 pounds. When nothing else works you may need to consider placing your trash cans in cages to totally prevent access.

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