By Ruth Rogers Clausen

Holding your appealing backyard secure from deer is so simple as selecting the best vegetation. In 50 attractive Deer-Resistant crops, gardening professional Ruth Rogers Clausen introduces the main flexible and drool-worthy thoughts: white snowdrops that bloom within the spring; shade-loving, electrical gold hakone grass; long-blooming Texas sage in bright reds, peaches, and pinks; and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden within the autumn.

Illustrated all through with full-color images of each plant, this inspiring advisor bargains every thing a plant-lover with a deer challenge must comprehend. as well as the 50 most sensible annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs — plus recommendation on tips to develop them — Clausen contains dozens of deer-resistant partners and clever layout information for pulling all of it jointly. And here's the simplest half: your wonderful backyard might be impossible to resist to each person yet these pesky deer.

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A bed that is open for a little longer can have a clover added in. This will discourage weeds, keep the soil from drying out and add some organic matter and nitrogen when the green manure is worked or tilled in before transplant�ing. You can also smother it with a plastic cover. Whether tilling or smothering, remember to kill the green manure a good two weeks before sowing or transplanting the new crop. The initial breakdown products are not good for young plants. Some people have too little crop space and have trouble turning in the plants in time.

They also order from English, European and Japanese companies which breed such varieties (see Appendix A for addresses). So, how do you know which winter cabbage, leek or cauliflower to choose for your garden? At the moment, you have to read all the relevant local catalogs and see what is being offered (see Appendix A). Since every garden and taste is different, the variety recommended by any individual seed company may not be the best one for you, but often several companies will offer the same variety, and then you can hope that it will suit your site.

To begin with, if you want decent winter crops you must follow the same procedures of good soil care and improvement that you would use to produce decent summer crops — only more so! This is because winter is a time of stress for most plants. Soil type affects cool-season crops considerably, especially relating to temperature and drainage. Light soils with plenty of sand warm up quickly and drain well. They are good for later winter sowings and early spring crops. However, because they are not very moisture-retentive and are rapidly influenced by temperature changes, light soils do not grow as fine or as hardy a fall or midwinter crop.

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