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Q: Do deer eat herbs like basil and thyme, or can I grow them without a fence?
A: If they are hungry enough, deer will eat anything, even plants that are on lists of plants deer won’t eat. That said, culinary herbs usually aren’t a deer’s first choice. Many resources say that deer do not prefer basil, catmint, chives, rosemary, oregano, thyme, lavender, dill and sage. Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can grow these without a fence. Rabbits may eat them.
Q: Can I make my own hummingbird food with sugar water and red food coloring?
A: You can make your own hummingbird food, but don’t color it. Use one part sugar (not honey or artificial sweetener) to four parts water. Bring it to a boil and let it cool.
Q: How do I get the quackgrass out of my lawn?
A: That’s a tough one. Quackgrass is hard to pull, and a little bit left behind can grow new roots and leaves. Unfortunately any product that kills it will also kill your lawn. You can apply glyphosate, kill everything, and reseed. But you may have to use the herbicide more than once. Glyphosate won’t kill the dormant, underground parts of the quackgrass plant, and they may spring back to life.
Q: I have some flower seeds that say “packed for 2012.” Will they grow this year?
A: It’s likely that they’ll do just fine. In future, you might want to save last year’s seeds in a closed container in the refrigerator. It helps to add a packet of silica gel to the container to keep the moisture level low.