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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Garden Journal: June 23

The gardens are looking lush after all the rain we had in May and part of June.  The temperatures are starting to soar and I believe the roses are enjoying it, many buds are swelling and ready to bloom. The Itoh peony is gorgeous this year and so are the iris.  Next week the herbaceous peonies, roses and clematis will all be blooming at the same time.  I will take many photos to put up when I have a few minutes to spare.

itoh peony

itoh peony

itoh peony

itoh peony

Speaking of blooms, a few of my clients have asked me recently for suggestions for plants  to use in their gardens to fill in the times their gardens are not blooming.  Some gardens have lots of spring and early summer blooms but lack flowers that bloom into the fall months or the other way around.  I have a plant list I made a few years ago.  I like to print it out and give it to my clients so they can bring it to the nurseries when they go plant shopping.

Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming and having a list will keep you focused on specific plants you are looking for. It’s always tempting to buy plants that are blooming in the nursery but it may not be the bloom time you are  looking for.  Stay focused, don’t be afraid to ask someone at the nursery, they will be able to find the plants you are looking for or an alternative.

Untitled-2 Check it out and if anyone has a favorite I left out please let me know! Click here:Bloom Time By Season pdf

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