1. Place Vi cup warm water and dishwashing liquid in a blender.
  2. Blend on low speed a few seconds.
  3. With blender on, pour castor oil into the foamy mixture, and blend for 30 seconds or until well mixed.
  4. Pour mixture into the glass jar.
  5. Place remaining Vi cup warm water into the empty blender, scrape castor oil mixture from the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula, and blend again for 30 seconds.
  6. Pour second mixture into the jar, screw on the lid, and shake to mix.

Yield: About 12 ounces of mole repellent

Note: To use the mole repellent, mix 2 tablespoons in a gallon of warm water. If you have a severe mole problem, you can spray the diluted mixture all over your yard.

' Instead of spraying it, 1 find a mole mound or tunnel, make an opening in it with a stick, and pour in about a cup of the diluted mixture," Don says. Then he stomps on the mound or tunnel. With over an acre of yard to keep mole-free, Don's seek-and-pour method is much quicker and easier than spraying.

If you'd rather not make up your own mixture, Don has also gotten excellent results with a commercial product called Mo!e-Med, which is made from ingredients similar to the ones in this homemade formula. Mole-Med is available from mail-order garden suppliers. You may also find castor oil sprays useful in chasing away chipmunks, squirrels, and gophers that are damaging your garden with their digging. For these pests, spray castor oil solution directly on the areas where damage occurs.

Although moles eat grubs and other insects, they can ruin a lawn's looks and damage young plant roots with their tunneling.

Moles make a U-turn when they encounter the smell of castor oil, the magic ingredient in this formula. Seattle area gardener Don North tried many other mole remedies and finally got great results with this mixture.

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