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Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies

Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden

Planning Your Garden

  • Ensure you have a source of clean, fresh water available. A mister, fountain, pond or bird bath are all good choices
  • Provide areas of both sun and shade
  • Include shrubs and trees to provide perches, shelter and a place to build nests
  • Plant flowers in tiers and include flowers that grow to different heights
  • Include flowers of various colors


Companion Plants for Vegetables

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Deer Resistant Plants from Rutgers University

For a listing of deer resistant plants, please follow this link: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/

How to Plant a Tree or Shrub

Digging the Hole

Digging the hole for your tree or shrub is one of the most important steps in planting it successfully. The hole should be at least twice the diameter of the tree’s or shrub’s root ball, and twice as deep. If the hole is too shallow, the roots will not be covered with soil – and thus will not be able to eat or drink. Too deep and the roots will not have access to sufficient oxygen to ensure proper growth. Too narrow and the root structure will not be able to expand sufficiently to nourish and properly anchor the tree. Too wide – and you’ve put in more effort than needed!

As a general rule, trees should be transplanted no deeper than the soil in which they were originally grown.

When digging in poorly drained clay soil, it is important to avoid ‘glazing’.


Rabbit Resistant Plants

No plant is said to be totally rabbit proof.  Young rabbits investigage by nibbling most plants.  However, they soon learn which plants are tasty, and which to leave alone.  In general rabbits dislike very aromatic plants, plants that ooze caustic or milky sap, prickly plants, plants with spines, or plants with tough, leathery leaves.


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