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Taunton Press does a beautiful job with this American monthly gardening magazine, and the beauty is more than skin-deep. "fine Gardening" is also useful.
I'm especially fond of the 'Tips' feature. This month's (08/2005) tips include, among others: "Matching plants to pots;" "Give your pots a spin;" and "Dryer sheets cover drainage holes." I'm thinking very strongly about sending in my own tip and perhaps winning "fine Gardening's" prize pack which is worth more than $200.
Hint #1: my tip involves Vicks VapoRub for squirrel-proofing bird feeders. It's expensive, but wait until you see the expressions on their cunning little rodent faces when the squirrels get a whiff of the stuff.
Another very useful feature of this magazine is the 'Regional Reports,' which breaks the country into Northeast, South, Midwest, Lower Plains, Rocky Mountains, Northwest, and West regions. This month's issue discusses deer-resistant plants for each of the different areas, following a general discussion called "The story behind deer repellents." Checking out the deer-resistant plants for the Midwest, I'm in violent agreement with the magazine's suggestion to "use alliums as floral 'guard dogs'." And not only for deer--I watched a ground hog literally sprint past my allium bed this morning before settling in to munch on the snap-dragons.
Hint #2: (You won't find this one in the gardening magazines.) For small and medium-size critters, get yourself a slingshot and a bag of marbles.
Hint #3: Hint #2 is not recommended for bears.
Continuing with the 08/2005 issue as an example, there is a fold-out with 35 pest and disease remedies that you can concoct from your pantry, medicine cabinet, or even from your garden.
I've never seen this one before, but if you come in contact with poison oak or poison ivy and don't have quick access to soap and water, use mud! "...Put mud on the affected area and scrub vigorously. Repeat several times, using fresh mud. Then pat fresh mud onto the surface of your skin, and let it dry."
Tonics don't come much cheaper or more convenient than mud.
I usually contribute the back issues of my magazines to the library, but not my copies of "fine Gardening." They're much too useful. Plus they make grand winter reading when the garden is buried under three feet of snow.