Apr. 3 column: Deer

If I had a dollar for every time I’m asked how to keep deer out of the garden, I would be a wealthy gal! And I can completely relate to the folks who are asking me because it’s a frustrating topic. I know, because we’ve had deer come into our yard over the past 25 years. My husband Bill and I […]

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April 6 column: Trellises

This shows the 4 metal trellises attached to the cattle panel. Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Trellises transform look of fence. I hope you’ll enjoy this one because it was a bit of a departure for me. It’s all about a fence idea I got from local gardener Julie Nesbitt, who shared […]

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Product review: Sprinklers that deter wildlife

Earlier this season, two companies sent me samples of their motion-activated sprinklers that act as animal deterrents. They each wanted me to test the Havahart “Spray Away” and Contech’s “Scarecrow” sprinkler. That’s a Scarecrow in the photo above. We live in a rural area southwest of Spokane, where we frequently encounter deer and, unfortunately, moose. Both are creatures of habit. […]

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July 15 column: Deer fence

Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Fencing, chimes keep deer at bay. As you can probably guess, it’s about the deer fence we finally put up around our small orchard and backyard last year. We live in a rural area and, like many of you, have had to deal with deer on a […]

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Keep out deer and moose

This summer, I saw an ingenious idea for a way to keep deer and moose from jumping through gates and I’d like to pass it along to you. I learned it from Ed Peck of Secret Garden Greenhouse. Ed has hung some deer fencing in front of the gate to his raised-bed garden. The fencing was attached to two metal rods […]

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Perennials – Hellebores

  Even though our spring is getting off to a chilly, rainy start, there is a delightful surprise in my garden right now: the Hellebores are in bloom. They are one of the first perennials to bloom and their bloom season lasts for quite a few weeks. They are incredibly hardy – I don’t think I’ve ever killed one (not […]

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