Pennkote makes a seed that is coated with a substance that birds don't like, so they won't eat your seeds.
Foil those chipmunks
PBS's "Cultivating Life" producer and writer Tovah Martin offers this advice when planting bulbs.
"For those of us tormented by chipmunks, voles and other bulb pilferers, try this trick. Buy crushed oyster shells (or, try chicken grit or bonemeal) from the grain store and toss it liberally into the hole when planting tulips, crocuses, lilies and other bulbs that furry critters devour. I put a layer of shells below and above the bulb -- like a sandwich. It's an inexpensive solution and it works. Why? Apparently little pests don't like their pedicures ruined by the gritty oyster shells. They leave the bulbs in place."
Last week, I gave some tips about fall planting, found at www.douggreensgarden.com. Doug always has great advice and his website is chock-full of beautiful photos, great articles, advice, and more. You can also follow Doug on Facebook and his videos are found on Youtube -- check him out!
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.