Moon Gate Arbor

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It smells wonderful walking through the gate.

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Happy 4th of July!


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Westrup 8th St Arbor Gate

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Deer Spray Repellent


Reposting deer repellent post from four years ago.

Bad Ass Deer Spray Recipe:

There are many recipes for homemade deer spray online. Here’s how I make it.

4 raw eggs
1 tablespoon or more of hot sauce, the hotter the better
1 teaspoon dish soap and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of garlic juice or garlic powder
2 teaspoons of white pepper

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender with a quart of water. It helps to strain it before putting it into your sprayer because it will clog it, which is really annoying.

2. Pour in a gallon sprayer, add more water to top it off to a gallon and let it sit out of the sun for a couple of days so it gets good and smelly.

3. Spray your plants with a fine mist to coat all the foliage and flowers.

4. Respray new growth and after it’s rained.

I no longer measure anything out because I make gallons of this stuff every season. I use it on my gardens and all of my client’s gardens as well. I think the secret is to switch it up a bit from time to time, because deer will get used to the spray after a while and it won’t be as effective.

So you should add things like a few drops of clove oil, peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, or 1 cup of milk, etc. to change the smell and taste a little. I’ve been adding a sliver of Irish Springs soap to my batches lately and this seems to work really well. I find that the deer may take a bite here and there, but after tasting the spray they move on.

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Spring Clean Up 2016

Yes it’s that time of year again!  Time to wake up your garden beds and think about all the beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables that you have or want in your garden.

Give me a call or email to discuss your garden goals and get on this years schedule for a spring clean up and routine summer  maintenance .

I am accepting a just a few new clients this year, call to schedule a free consultation.

Hoping everybody is healthy and enjoyed their winter.  Talk to you soon!


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Where did the summer go?!

Wow, I cannot believe it’s October already!  What a great year, I have met so many wonderful people and have enjoyed working in their beautiful gardens.  Hope everybody is enjoying the last of the season’s blooms.



I have some amazing dahlias blooming right now.  Here is one of my favorites.  More to come….Enjoy your fall!


Don’t forget to plant some spring blooming bulbs.

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Durango Botanical Society Garden Tour

Article in Durango Herald on The Durango Botanical Society’s Garden Tour will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.  Looks like fun!  Great chance to see what other Durango gardeners are growing in their gardens.

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