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Monday, June 12, 2006

Preparing your garden for a vacation and Part 2 of our birdfeeding interview

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You can find Keri's blog, AnimalBytes at animalbytes.blogspot.com

To start to answer the question posed at the end of the interview in this episode. There is some evidence that sunflower seed hulls do suppress growth in surrounding plants.

According to the National Gardening Association web site, "Hull-less sunflower seeds are preferred because black-oil sunflower seed hulls are allelopathic; they contain a chemical that inhibits seed germination in other plants. That's why plants don't grow where sunflower hulls touch the soil."

Additional Info at HomeAndGardenSite.com, and a scientific paper, Allelopathic potential of Helianthus annuus L. (sunflower) as natural herbicide

I'll post more info as I find it.

Music: The One by The Woodshedders, aka the Hot Club of West Virginia, courtesy of the PodSafe Music Network

I'd love to hear what's going on in your garden. Post your comments here or email them to agn@welchwrite.com.

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