Favorite or New Plant
Asters are favorites for late-season color, but many species tend to sprawl or flop. Not so with this Siberian native. Tatarian asters reach 4 to 5 feet in height and never need staking. The leaves are attractive and virtually disease free and from late August into October they are covered with brilliant purple, daisylike flowers.
To encourage a strong, upright form, grow Tatarian asters in full sun and average, well-draining soil.
Tried and True Deer Repellent
Deer nibbling on your treasured plants? Here's a simple, nontoxic solution:
2 cups water
1 cake Fels Naptha soap
2 whole eggs, old and cracked
1 clove garlic
1 cup loosely chopped green onion tops
2 tbsp. chili pepper
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
In a blender, mix water, eggs, garlic, onion tops, chili pepper and Tabasco sauce until liquefied. Pour mixture into a bucket, add soap and one-gallon of warm water. Mix well.
Pour the mixture over the plants you want to protect from foraging deer. The mix must be on the plant where deer can smell and taste it. Reapply once a week.