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  1. Toad Food Indoors
  2. Best Time To Plant Violets
  3. Wild Violets
  4. Violets Grazed by Deer – Should I Prune?
  5. Different Nutrients For Different Weeds
  6. What is eating my violets?
  7. How do I get rid of wild violets they are taken over my lawn
Asked by Anonymous on January 7, 2011
Toad Food Indoors

While repotting a violet from an outdoor pot that has been in the house since fall, my wife was startled by a small toad which had taken up residence in the base of the plant. I’m looking for info on food to keep it comfortable until spring.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It really depends on the type of toad but most toads will eat bugs, fish, and worms. They prefer their food to be alive. Most pet stores or bait shops will sell appropriate food; you just need to make sure it is the right size for the toad.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 14, 2011
Best Time to Plant Violets

What is the best time to plant violets? I want to know because I want to plant some.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Violets, Pansies, and Violas are all related. Generally, violets are grown from seeds; however, in some cases, you can purchase the plants (or dig them up from other areas and transplant). Violets can be directly seeded in the garden or started indoors. In order to get spring blooms, you should start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Otherwise, sow them directly in the garden early in the season, about 1/8" deep in an area with full to partial sun. Water thoroughly and be patient, as these plants are sometimes slow to germinate. Transplants can be put in the garden after the last frost date for your area. Space them 6" apart.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 25, 2011
Wild Violets

How do you kill wild violets out of a flower bed they are taking over?

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on July 18, 2011
Violets Grazed by Deer – Should I Prune?

I had a beautiful patch of violets in my front yard. Sometime in the last day, deer heavily grazed the yard and among the casualties was the violet patch. Should I just fertilize and water and hope for the best? Should I prune past the bitten areas? Should I give up and pull the violets out? Any help would be appreciated!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Believe it or not, violets are tough little plants. As long as only the foliage was chewed and the rhizomes (roots) remain intact, they will bounce back without any help. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/violet/wild-violets-care.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on July 25, 2011
Different Nutrients for Different Weeds

I was reading somewhere that if you have a dandelions you were supposed to add calcium, but what nutrients are you supposed to add if you have plantain, violets, and creeping Charlie (ground ivy), and how do you know how much to add?

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Cathy

Have your soil tested and follow the recommendations for limestone to raise soil pH (or sulfur to lower soil pH) and fertilizer applications. Maintaining proper soil pH and fertility levels is important for optimum performance of your lawn.

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Asked by Edielovesbrian on June 3, 2012
What Is Eating My Violets?

I can send a picture. We have violets that were so happy outside, but now they are being eaten and the color on the leaves is fading.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can go ahead and send a picture to questions@gardeningknowhow.com.

If they look like someone has taken scissors to them and sheared them off, this is deer damage. This article will help with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/deer/deer-repellents.htm

If you are seeing holes in the leaves, this is likely slug damage. This article will help with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm

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Asked by cjkjkr on June 4, 2012
How Do I Get Rid of Wild Violets They Are Taken Over My Lawn

How do I get rid of wild violets they are taken over my lawn?

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Nikki
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