Gardening

Plant Resources

  • The plants that we have designated as our “favorites” earned that distinction because of the relative ease with which they grow in this area and the significant contribution they make to our gardens. They are the plants that we have found to be the most useful, interesting and reliable; that give the biggest return on our investment of time, money, effort; and that most consistently meet our expectations. The list is by its nature selective. There may be many others that deserve to be included. These are the plants with which we are most familiar at this time, where we have actual “hands on” experience growing the plant in this area. Click here to download a PDF of the GEG Favorite Plants list. The Favorite Plants list was researched and developed by Anne Moss, Wendy Maddox, Barbara Broerman, Jacque Seldeen, and Suds Suddarth.

Insects

Deer

  • Recommended by Meg Spurlin: The Wireless Deer Fence® — A Deer Training System
  • Resistance of Ornamentals to Deer Damage: Revised by John W. Jett; from Fact Sheet 655 “Wild Damage Management”; Cooperative Extension Service University of Maryland. “The best approach to control deer damage is an integrated pest managment (IPM) plan, which includes careful monitoring of any one, or a combination of the following strategies: population management, fencing, repellents, or vegetation management.” Note: Includes an extensive list of ornamental plants adaptable to West Virginia landscapes.
  • Deerbusters
  • Plant Pro-Tec Repellents
  • WEITECH pest control products
  • BOBBEX Deer Repellent
  • Deer Proofing Vegetable and Flower Gardens: Martha Stewart and her guest, Ken Twombly, discuss deer proofing tactics and solutions for keeping deer out of gardens.
  • Home Remedy: This solution comes from a member who lives in a heavily wooded area which has a large deer population, but whose garden can be sprayed. “Put the yolk and white of one egg into the blender and blend for 10 seconds so the egg is really homogenized. Add a quart of water and put the mixture into a trigger-type quart size sprayer. You can use it at once but it could age a few days and then spray any plant the deer favor. I usually leave about 1/2-inch of the solution in the bottom and add new stuff to it so that it reeks right away. Because egg does not wash off readily, one does not have to spray after it rains. However, new growth is not well protected and so when plants are growing rapidly you may need to add a light spray a couple of times a week. I sometimes add some fish emulsion to the mix, just to vary the aroma a bit. This has worked for me for the last three growing seasons, and I have been able to raise beautiful hostas and day lillies which in the first two years we lived here were eaten to the ground no matter what we did.”

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