Tips for Keeping the Deer Away

July 24, 2013 § 2 Comments

Earlier this week I lamented  over  the gourmand deer who think lilies are planted just for their enjoyment. So I thought I would share some tips for deer abatement.

Deer Hoof Print

The two best ways to keep deer away are:

  • A tall fence– White Tail Deer can jump up to eight feet high, and you want the tall of enough so the deer don’t attempt to jump the fence and get caught in it. However, that said, I  have found the a six foot stops them pretty well, and deer can’t jump both tall and wide so slanting a fence outward can also help deter deer.
  • Plant things that the deer don’t want to eat– The most difficult time I had this year deterring the deer was when a mulberry tree was fruiting and drawing them to the yard, once the tree stopped fruiting the deer presence significantly lowered. In this vein, human hair can work similarly.

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Other ways to deter deer:

  • Dog’s (Pee)- Canines are natural predators, and the scent of dogs and their urine will act as a deterrent. However it washes away with the rain, and if you keep your dogs in a fenced area, the deer will know. I let mine out to run around outside of the fence to do their business.
  • Purified Smells– The smell of rot,  rotten eggs in particular, can deter as well.
  • Mint- I have used a diluted castille soap to some success and have heard of others using barred Irish spring around their beds.

The caveat to these, save for the tall fence, is that if the deer are truly hungry, they are going to eat. A little depressing I know, but many plant will flush back out.

Travel Here: Lavender Farms in Virginia and Beyond

July 19, 2013 Comments Off on Travel Here: Lavender Farms in Virginia and Beyond

Believe it or not, despite my obsession with Lavender, I have never actually visited a Lavender farm. It wasn’t too long ago that I discovered there are options in Virginia,many of these places are small farms and may bot be up to European standards, but look to still be a nice quick trip! Looking at these wonderful places makes me want to pursue a new profession, Lavender farmer…

Lavender Farms in Virginia

This is just a small selection of Lavender farms in Virginia, a more comprehensive list can be found here and here. Make sure to call ahead to make sure farms are open to the public and/or still open for the season. If you can’t even contain  your Lavender love and are in the Virginia area you may be interested in the United States Lavender Conference from the U.S. Lavender Growers Association, happening in Virginia in October.

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Inglewood Lavender, Nelson County Virginia

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Seven Oaks Lavender Farm, Catlett Virginia

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Scott County Lavender, Dungannon Virginia

Evergreen Lavender Farm, Appomattox, Virginia

Lavender Farms in the U.S.

As if anyone(me) needs another reason to love the Pacific Northwest, there are a TON of lavender farms in the Oregon/ Washington area.

Oregon Lavender Association-List of destinations, a festival(!), and tour maps

Sequim Lavender Festival (Washington)

A list of other farms around the United States can be found here , here, and here.

Cool Product: Nourishmat

July 10, 2013 § 1 Comment

I believe that gardening is for the people, and the more accessible the better. That’s why I love ideas like nourishmat which creates an easy way for urbanites and first time gardeners to get started growing their own food. The kit includes built in irrigation, pre-cut labeled mat, and 82 pre-planted seed balls. Plus the mat acts as a weed barrier!   I don’t have much use for them because I have gone full on raised beds, but will definitely keep this on my gift list.

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April 11, 2012 Comments Off on

Nothing like a Wednesday to day dream. I often dream of a life without offices, where I can run a small organic farm. The realities of doing so are always a bit overwhelming, and I don’t know that I will ever have the guts to take the leap into financial instability. Perhaps that’s the reason this profile of a Hungarian farmer is both peaceful and a little ominous.

A Day at the Farm from Joseph Weigert on Vimeo.

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