By Ruth Rogers Clausen
Conserving your attractive backyard secure from deer is so simple as selecting the best crops. In 50 attractive Deer-Resistant crops, gardening professional Ruth Rogers Clausen introduces the main flexible and drool-worthy strategies: white snowdrops that bloom within the spring; shade-loving, electrical gold hakone grass; long-blooming Texas sage in shiny reds, peaches, and pinks; and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden within the autumn.
Illustrated all through with full-color photos of each plant, this inspiring consultant bargains every thing a plant-lover with a deer challenge must comprehend. as well as the 50 top annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs — plus suggestion on the right way to develop them — Clausen comprises dozens of deer-resistant partners and clever layout suggestions for pulling all of it jointly. And here's the simplest half: your attractive backyard might be impossible to resist to each person yet these pesky deer.
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He recommends buying a variety that offers a good breba crop and another with a good main crop for the longest season of figs. Creating a private spot. To increase privacy and provide a secluded feeling, Steven trains his fig plants to grow as trees instead of bushes. His goal is for the trees to reach a height of 6 feet, with side branches starting about 3 feet above the level of the pot. indd 40 1/22/14 5:24 PM An artichoke cousin, cardoon’s edible stalks are used in Mediterranean dishes. Lavender, a perennial plant in many cold climates, hides the fig pots.
Feeding the soil. To keep production high and support her intensive gardening methods, Carolyn adds plenty of organic matter — compost, worm castings, and aged manures — to her beds between successive crops. “Intensive planting in properly enriched soil in raised beds results in higher yields, but it also helps keep garden chores manageable by significantly reducing the need for weeding and watering,” Carolyn says. She explains that the foliage of the closely planted crops creates a living canopy above the soil, shading out any weeds and reducing soil moisture evaporation.
Marjorie’s plan is extremely flexible in that you can place the plants wherever you like, and it can be quickly installed in a large or small yard. To create the checkerboard, Marjorie has staggered 2-foot-square patio stones, set in sand, with 2-footsquare garden plots. Picking stones. When selecting stones, keep in mind that lightcolored ones will reflect sunlight back to the plants, giving your shady garden a boost. indd 49 1/22/14 5:24 PM Partially Shaded Vegetables the growing season and creating a small microclimate.
50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs That Deer Don't Eat by Ruth Rogers Clausen