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Fig Jam. 9.20.18
I never had any more come into the house, Joan. They had been coming in under the kitchen door in the corners, so I spread the corn starch in the corners of the doorsill outside. I don't know if that worked, or they just disappeared, but I didn't have any more come in.
Thanks Joan. I'll try that borax bait.
Patricia, did corn starch work to get rid of ants?
We get lots of ants here too, & the huge ones here are the carpenter ants. I tried corn starch.
Here is a simple, inexpensive way to tackle the ants in the kitchen and in the garden. Living in a forest, we have the sugar ants and those huge brown/black ants that come in from the woods. Lots of remedies do not work. This one seems to work, however, it takes constant attention for it seems that as soon as one nest of ants become toast another one moves in.
Hi, Kathy, yes, I have kind of a routine, although Laura and Larry's days start when the first customer calls, and that often is about 9 AM. They like an egg, bacon, and fried potatoes for many breakfasts and instead, I like toast with peanut butter and jam, coffee when I get up. So we live parallel lives.
I like to nibble on the greens in the garden and bright red tomatoes.
My red tomato produced wonderfully this year, both the big ones and the tiny ones; they have a delightful tang in the mouth when they release their juice.
The orange tomatoes are as prolific but have no flavor whatsoever. Their skins are tough, almost like eating a rubber balloon. All spring and early summer I thought they were just not developed yet. Now, they fall off the vine so I know they are fully developed. They are not worth space they took up in the greenhouse and I will pull them out tomorrow and put them at the bird feeding station where the deer and birds can eat them.
Joan, it sounds like you have your daily routine down. That's what I'm lacking. I sleep odd hours and eat odd hours. Nothing is routine anymore. I miss my husband and routine.
My sister and her husband ran a restaurant for 12 years. And they grew most of the produce used in it
They got up at 2am and went to bed at 7pm. They have stayed on that schedule for over forty years now.
I like this designing idea; it is much like what I tried to do with my Spokane garden, with some limitations caused by our neighbors being very close, restricting my options. I am able to put these ideas into practice in my home in Newport. Our home is in a deep forest, and rather than plant trees, we cut trees to provide the benefits of the sun, reduce the wind flows over the home, and plant deciduous trees to reduce the amount of sun that hits the house in summer and increase it in winter. The limitations here involves water; will our well support the water needed for deciduous trees?
Loam Gnome, your potatoes, and tomatoes look healthy and delicious. I can imagine some lovely meals coming out of that harvest. I, too, have potatoes coming up from previous years' plantings. I have some potato chunks from half rotted spuds in the pantry and I am going to plant them to see if they overwinter.
I put Trinity sweetcorn on my order list for next year's planting.
If I put in another strawberry bed, I will fence the garden with electric fencing to protect from deer. We also have a wild rabbit we see occasionally and so far I find no evidence of nibbling.
I like sleeping too......if I could only do more than 2 to 4 hours.....& napping just does not happen.
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