Tips to keep that Was­cally Wab­bit out of your gar­den

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

Ques­tion: Do you have any so­lu­tions to con­trol rab­bits from de­stroy­ing my rasp­berry plants? I’ve thought about chicken wire but won­dered if you might sug­gest some­thing else. Mary

An­swer: The best way to re­pel rab­bits from chew­ing your shrubs is with a one me­tre (or higher) fence, but if that isn’t an op­tion, per­haps you can wrap at least the trunk of the shrub with chicken wire.

When it comes to the gar­den, here are a few other hints to try. Sur­round the gar­den with milk jugs lined with sand. The idea is that the rab­bits chew on the jugs in­stead of your plants. As well, sus­pend pairs of alu­minum pie plates around plants, as the plates bang to­gether the sound scares rab­bits (this may be­come less ef­fec­tive over time).

Or sprin­kle one of the fol­low­ing around plants or shrubs: bags of hu­man hair (from a hair sa­lon), bone meal, shaved pieces of Ir­ish Spring bar soap or add turkey or cat ma­nure in with the soil.

Homemade Rab­bit Re­pel­lent: Mix 1 tbsp baby sham­poo and 1 tbsp house­hold am­mo­nia and one quart wa­ter in a spray bot­tle. Spray plants ev­ery three days. Or soak corn cobs in vine­gar for five min­utes and then place them through­out the gar­den or un­der shrubs. Re-soak the corn cobs in vine­gar af­ter two weeks.

When plant­ing your flower beds, mix thyme, spearmint, daf­fodils and/ or eu­ca­lyp­tus in with your flow­ers — rab­bits don’t like the smell and of­ten won’t pass by to get to your yummy plants. Some peo­ple have had suc­cess by bury­ing fab­ric soft­ener sheets around plants. Or bury a col­lar cut out of a milk car­ton or jug around new in­di­vid­ual plants or veg­eta­bles, to pro­tect them. Lastly, spray plants with No Bite Tree & Plant Pro­tec­tor.

Ques­tion: What is the fastest way to re­move per­ma­nent marker from skin? Brigette

An­swer: Some peo­ple ad­vise wash­ing skin with shav­ing cream and oth­ers are con­vinced that draw­ing high­lighter over the per­ma­nent marker is the an­swer. But in my ex­pe­ri­ence the fastest fix for re­mov­ing per­ma­nent marker is to wet the skin with soap and wa­ter and gen­tly scrub with a pumice stone. Ques­tion: Can smell be re­moved from a new fab­ric suit­case? Caryl

An­swer: The smell is likely from the poly­mers and glue used in man­u­fac­tur­ing the suit­case. Leave the lug­gage open and out­side for a few days if pos­si­ble. Next store the bag with lots of crum­pled up news­pa­per and one of the fol­low­ing: a few drops of es­sen­tial oils on a cot­ton ball such as tea tree oil, vanilla, lemon, etc. Or dryer sheets or fresh cof­fee grounds in­side of a sock closed with an elas­tic band. Even with­out treat­ment, the smell may dis­ap­pear over time.

2016 Gar­den­ing Hacks

Af­ter I heard that many gar­den pests don’t like the smell of lemons I used the in­for­ma­tion to my ad­van­tage. In the spring I cut lemons in half and scoop out the in­sides. I then plant seedlings in­side of each lemon half. I plant the lemons di­rectly into the ground. Ex­tra tip: use the lemon pulp to make le­mon­ade. — Mau­rice

I al­ways store my gar­den­ing tools in a bucket of sand. This pre­vents rust from form­ing on the metal. — Len Note: Ev­ery user as­sumes all risks of in­jury or dam­age re­sult­ing from the im­ple­men­ta­tion of any sug­ges­tions in this col­umn. Test all prod­ucts on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Need a Pre­sen­ter on the topic: Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing or The Power of Words? Check out:

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