HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Recreation » Gardening (Group) » Does anyone else like blu... » Reply #5

Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 9, 2011, 11:17 AM

5. We put hot peppers in pots to keep them away from the sweet peppers.

 

Cross pollination is a problem there. I worked the hell out of the soil and turned a solid block of shale into a rich organic garden in three years of growing. Radishes are great for that because they sent out a shitload of fibrous roots. They really break up clay and shale. In NH I had to deal with packed rock and stone. I still got a killer garden out of that, but it took a few years.

Hot sauce (cheap stuff) will keep most of the critters away, but just use it on the perimeter, not on the plants. I make a powder mix of red pepper, garlic, onion, and black pepper and put it in a sugar shaker (from the Dollar Tree - the kind old restaurants used to have) and sprinkle it around the area. It helps, but they still jump over the nasty shit to get to the veggies.

The dogs are great at chasing them off, but they get a little confused since we have a rabbit in the house that they are friends with. The sheltie can easily catch the rabbits but she stops and waits for them to play. It's a good deterrent, but the poor dog doesn't understand why they don't turn around and have fun with her.

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 11 replies Author Time Post
HopeHoops Dec 2011 OP
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #1
HopeHoops Dec 2011 #2
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2011 #3
LineLineLineLineNew Reply We put hot peppers in pots to keep them away from the sweet peppers.
HopeHoops Dec 2011 #5
Denninmi Dec 2011 #11
yellerpup Dec 2011 #4
HopeHoops Dec 2011 #6
yellerpup Dec 2011 #9
Liberal Veteran Dec 2011 #7
beac Dec 2011 #8
Kablooie Dec 2011 #10
Please login to view edit histories.