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 Use scent to deter foxes


Foxes have a very strong sense of smell and will eat almost anything. Gardens with chickens or rabbits, or bird feeders, accessible pots, and crops are particularly attractive. You can use some scents to deter foxes, they are said to dislike the smell of chilies and garlic, so pour boiling water and spray your garden as a fox repellant. Other animal repellents are available, but be aware of the risk to other wildlife and always read the manufacturers' instructions carefully. If a territory is marked by a fox, it will take some effort to move them, and if they feel their territory is being threatened, they may increase the amount of marking.

How to Pick a Poinsettias Plant That Will Last 'til Christmas

 How to Choose a Plant That Will Last Until Christmas Right now, boxes of poinsettias are being loaded onto the back of trucks and headed to a store near you. Whether or not you end up with a beautiful plant that lasts until the New Year depends on what happens when it reaches its destination. From the way poinsettias are opened to where they are displayed and maintained in the store, you wouldn't believe how often stores handle poinsettias. For a plant so easy to care for, it's surprising how many retailers get it wrong. Before Santa eats cookies in your living room at midnight, your poinsettia is probably dead. This holiday season, let's take a look at retail dos and don'ts. Knowing how they should be handled can give us clear clues that they are not properly maintained. Ultimately, this will help you pick a healthy plant from an unhealthy one. 1. What do poinsettias have in common with bananas? No, this is not the opening line of a bad joke. One of the first t