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I'm new to gardening without my grandparents by my side! Although they gave me lots of advice, it's been over ten years since I heard it! Any advice would help but I do have a couple of questions that I'm hoping someone wouldn't mind answering. Can I plow up my garden before the last frost or do I wanna wait til after? I'm scared to death of snakes, is there a good trick to keep them away from my garden? How do I know when my plants are to big for my seed starters and have to be moved (even though we haven't had the last frost yet so I can't put them in te garden)?

Thanks so much for the help!

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not sure what part of the

not sure what part of the states your in? I'm in Arkansas, and i have started plowing and tilling for the past few days. The reason was to turn under the dead grass to help as mulch, and I also spread chicken litter. So this will give the soil time to prepare itself for yet another year. I would wait until at least April to move any plants outside. The last of March could be a good time to start any seeds in your garden. But that is just guessing me not knowing where your located. Good Luck, and Happy Gardening!

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You are supposed to

You are supposed to transplant the started seeds when they have 2 true leaves...not the little leaves that first pop up. As for putting them in the garden I guess it depends on what the plants are. We have probably not had our last frost yet here but we already have some cold weather plants out in the raised bed. They just need a little extra care.

I don't know if you are supposed to or not but my hubby usually turns the big garden before the last frost. He will come back and till it again before he plants.

As for snakes....ewww. Wish I had an answer for that!

YB
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Ah snakes.. gotta love em...

It would help very much on all your questions if we had a better idea on where you live.
We can then determine when plantin season is and also determine the snakes for your area. Don't have to be specific to streets or anything, just give us the state and closest big city...

YB
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Follow this link for snake derterents.

Many sites show you how to make homemade derterents :)

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=8jJ&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&ei=aV2iS5nnNoWClAf6hajPCA&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&ved=0CBQQBSgA&q=homemade+snake+deterrent&spell=1

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Others are right..

One needs to know what state you are in before one can determine what to do ...I have already planted my indoors seeds I have squash coming up and tomatoes it only takes a few days for that to happen I keep them in the window still and on the dryer in starters as well as egg cartons and milk carton cardboard types... those are the swellest things to make.... and reuse each year I have a stared that I got 5 years ago that is plastic and have yet to see it go in to the waste pile.. Just take it easy when transplanting and wash it good between uses. The top is the only thing that is seeing wear...I yet to see any peppers or Calf or cabbage or Cukes shoots.. the rest goes right in the ground around here and I have to be care full of what don't come up for if I place those in the compost I end up with plants running hot. I would till right now no matter where you are it will do the ground good and it ensures a well tilled soil....

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Snake repellent

I just go into my garden and sing. I ain't got one snake and never have had any except for slow worms but they are adapted legless lizards so don't count as snakes.
Sussexman
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You meant Gardener snake?

Not sure if I spelled it right, but anyway I thought they re harmless and cute! :) They don't bother me here in VT, but it does terrify my daughter a big time so this old fasioned remedy that my mom taught us by combining cinammon and clove oil equal and spray it on our moccasins before you go out in the gardens, I sweared it works for my daughter who soaked it deep that she s been smelling pretty now! lol Then I saw YB's website suggestions about snake repellents, and it shows one of them by using cinammon and clove oils for it! Wow indeed true old mother tales :)

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