Thursday, June 16, 2011

The darn deer have finally met their match!

I read a lot of gardening books. I also am sent a lot of books because of the radio show. I try to book an author for each show - usually a 1/2 hour segment and then we give the book away to a lucky listener. But, this time, they sent me two, so I'm keeping this book!! :)

It just arrived and it is lovely. Ruth Rogers Clausen, who also wrote the award winning, Perennials for American Gardens is the author of this brand new book from Timber Press and I think she wrote it just for me! We all know that, if hungry enough, deer will eat just about anything, but this book takes the guesswork out of 'will they, or won't they.' She provides a deer resistance rating for a wide variety of annuals, perennials, bulbs and shrubs that deer typically steer clear of and she also offers many tips on protecting the plants they deer do enjoy - hello tulips!

I hope you'll join me this Sunday from 11 to 1 pm Atlantic time on The Weekend Gardener - News 95.7 FM, News 91.9 FM and News 88.9 FM or live online at You'll have plenty of opportunity to ask Ruth your questions and possibly win a copy of her book.

Also, we'll be talking to Halifax's garden doula, Jayme Melrose ( about the interesting things that she's been up to! Plus, Jane Billinghurst, the author of The Armchair Book of Gardens - another wonderful read. I've been enjoying this one when the rain and cold weather chases me inside. 

If you're wondering what to do with all of your garden produce/greens and such, Nova Scotia's Nutrition Coach, Edie Shaw-Ewald will offer tips on the best ways to prepare your garden bounty.. makes me hungry just thinking about it! Edie is so enthusiastic about healthy eating and she feeds two teenage boys every day - healthy food like kale - I can't wait to hear how she does it!! (I think she must sit on them and force feed them)

Happy Gardening - No sun yet, but I'm still optimistic! 

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