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potting soils/deer

Pontotoc, MS(Zone 7b)

ok, you experienced folks, I just know you are going to be able to help me. I need a GOOD potting soil. One that does not stay wet and rot my daylilies !!!! Some folks on the daylily forum recommend Pro Mix but I don't know where to find it around here. You know, if it doesn't come from Lowes or Home Depot they I am lost ! I don't have compost so I need a GOOD potting soil which I haven't had in years. HELP !!!!!

and since you are in the "dear abby" mode, deer are eating my daylilies and/or smashing them into the ground(where we have watered the beds). They have pulled up signs and carried them off. We are NOT hunters. We have 3 1/2 acres so we cannot fence in all of this - cost too much for us.The deer are here every day, this is not a one-time thing. They come through in the morning and evening and I even found two here at 2 pm two days ago . Sigh. Is gardening worth it??????

Pocahontas, TN(Zone 7b)

Disclaimer: These are all hearsay--
"Fence" in your garden with 20 pound test fish line strung at 30" high. The deer can't see it and when they touch it, it's supposed to scare them away...
Coyote urine sprinkled around the perimeter...
Mix dog food and hot crushed red pepper and leave "meat balls" around the edge. Supposedly, the deer learn fast...

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Pontotoc, MS(Zone 7b)

we saw a fox in the yard but we didn't ask him for any urine. Haven't seen a coyote to ask him for any !

Dogfood meatballs,huh???? Now that I might could do if I could keep MY dogs from getting into them !

I'm not familiar with the fish line - we aren't fishers either, but that would be easy to find. Still would take a lot to go around 3+ acres. Might try it around some of the beds just to see if it helps.

Thanks ! gives me some ideas :-)

Madison, MS

Libby, you can get the urine at Wal-mart in the hunting section. They are in little bottles. You can also - this is a little gross - soak tampons in the urine and use the strings to tie them to branches. Just go buy you some cheap ones and take them out of the plastic or cardboard thingys and pour your urine in a throw away container and soak the tampons in there. Be ready though - that stuff Stinks!!! Michelle

Philadelphia, MS(Zone 7b)

Libby, I swear after reading what you have to do, I think I'd start sitting in the yard with a 22! (and I've never killed an animal on purpose in my life...but I think I could at least scare the mess out of them). Isn't it amazing how they are so "cute" in the wild and how damaging they are in our yards. Our dogs keep the deer at bay...but then, I think Oscar is a bluetick wanna be. LOL
Sorry, they all sound like good just makes me wonder what's worse?


Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Odd how hard hunters work to attract deer and how hard gardeners work to scare them away... There's a message in there somewhere.

The best potting soil mix I have ever used was Sunshine from Canada. It had a nice blend of peat and would work well in pots, windowboxes, etc. W'mart quit that line and I have yet to find an adequate substitute. Sorry!

Moscow, TN(Zone 7a)

You can usually buy pro-mix at nurseries or mulch yards by the yard., which is a lot but the stuff is only about 30-40 dollars per yard. There are lots of deer around here but (so far) they don't come anywhere near the house. We keep a deer lick and corn down the hill along the path they travel through the woods. I can stand on the back deck and watch them eat. It's pretty rural around here with plenty of food in the woods, especially acorns in the fall so maybe they don't feel the need to eat my garden. On one of the HGTV, I think Rebecca's Garden, garden shows they showed a deer fence that was reasonably priced and install that was said to work. It could be ordered online.

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