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By Michele Smith
The Times 

An old gardener learns some new tricks


February 21, 2019

Michele Smith

This Cedar Waxwing made itself happily at home in the author's cherry tree where it helped itself to many a meal.

Because most of my gardening experience has been in the desert, the prospect of getting to grow an English-style cottage garden when we moved to Dayton, in 2012, was beyond my wildest dreams.

Little did I know there would be a constant running battle with the wildlife for dominance, beginning with the squirrels and deer.

The squirrels made quite a summer production out of tearing the immature walnuts off the tree in the back yard, and chewing them, and spitting them, and running around burying them in the yard for later.

We had many little walnut trees popping up everywhere, but nary a nut...

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