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I love deer. Sure I do. Bambi and all that. But when I look up to see the latest addition to my garden disappearing as the dessert du jour I get cranky. The "deer proof" lists seem to have been compiled by academics who've never lived out here on the front lines. Suggestions? Anyone? So far my successes have been: rosemary, lavender, cenizo, elephant ears, and Mexican oregano.

Sent by Shirley Farley | 11:15 AM | 6-28-2007

Container gardening this year.
Six varieties of zucchini.
Prolific blooming,however,
99% male flowers.
The few squash to form are short lived.
What is the reason?

Sent by finka s cathey | 8:43 AM | 7-28-2007

Old question, but I'm new to all this: how do I grow an avacado from the pit of supermarket produce? I know a little about putting the seed in water, but what then? And when exactly should such a sprout be planted?

Sent by Gerard M. Palomo | 6:28 PM | 8-12-2007

Foxglove (Dititalis) and Daffodils, both of which animals know instintlively to stay away from.

Sent by Marg Esparza | 10:54 AM | 8-22-2007