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Repotting and New Yamamoto Dendrobiums. 4.13.18
Great idea, Barbara, I will give it a try. I am one of those who attracts deer onto the property and attempt to keep them out of garden space. The deer did a thorough job of eating all the leaves of the kohlrabi and didn't touch the vegetable itself. We dined enthusiastically on the kohls and so did the deer.
We have a deer feeding station set up at the far southern end of the cleared ground where we toss old or spoiled apples and we have seven-foot wire cages around the trees at the northern edge of the property.
Our dogs are trained not to chase the deer and we plan to fence the vegetable garden raised beds next summer. I am growing winter vegetables in the greenhouse and the first sprouts begin to show green. At least the seeds are fertile.
Daniel, and others with deer problems ... I am a member of a regional group, All Things Plant. I recently read this solution to deer eating garden plants. I have no idea if it really works, just thought I would post.
> "My hairdresser saves hair every week in a garbage bag for me. I go to the dollar store and find the strongest smelling "perfume" and spray that hair with it, letting it soak in. I give it a shake every so often. Sprinkle it in and around the plants in the beds. I haven't had any problems with it bothering the plants, and the deer don't like the smell. Maybe this will also work for someone else."
My yard and garden only received 0.15" of rain yesterday. Sad. However, the heat wave has been broken. Highs in the mid-60's this weekend.
As for the garden, I'm wondering why my Brussels sprouts plants have no sprouts(?). Big disappointment.
Spud's recommendations: what not to feed chickens: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/04/7-things-you-shouldnt-fe...
Another one: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-trea...
And another: http://kb.rspca.org.au/what-should-i-feed-my-backyard-chickens_305....
I am in Spokane this week to do a little more packing and sorting and gardening. When I walked into my jungle-garden to have breakfast this morning, the birds and squirrels seemed to recognize me.
Spud, thank you for those excellent video leads. I have no doubts now about how to distribute my kitchen waste and not harm the chickens. I repeat your list here for my family and friends to see.
Daniel, I am having more neuropathy and less feeling in my fingers. Have you had a similar experience. Both my chemo and G.P. increased my Rx but the advancement continues. I assume it is diabetes.
Thanks, Daniel and Kathy, for the composting and the chicken information. Michelle and I appreciate the help. We are newcomers to the art and craft and science of chickens. I appreciate any information that you can supply.
I like the idea of trench composting. I walk the grounds of the cleared land at my mew home pulling weeds and putting them in an old coal shuttle that was my grandmother's. I dump the weeds in a heap. I will dig a hole in the sand next to it and rake the weeds into the trench compost.
Kathy, it feels so right to have grandchildren around, even if for a day, week, or year. I am happy for you. I wonder why the Arizona vet hasn't seen heartworms in animals? Is it the water, food, or infection exposure? Thanks for sharing your composting information.
Randy, you continue to have no rain? What a bummer! Rain ended our drought last week and we had downpours. Thank goodness, the forest fires raged out of control all over the Northwest. Our skies shine clear blue with puffy clouds wafting by. Our new hugelkulturs must have caught gallons of water. Laura even dug one by hand and filled it with the slash. The fire danger kept us all feeling like we sat on a cliff edge.
Everyone, thanks for all the happy responses to my new home and experiences there. Laura's family presents a beautiful example of what happiness derives from healthy communication, especially when it involves problems and conflicts. There is no sign of violent reactions now. There are times when something requires a strong cussing or kicking of tires, however, no violence against people or animals. They were a strongly conflicted family with many ugly scenes; that ended with learning tools of communication.
As I stood in my garden in Spokane this morning doing my morning contemplation, I was able to see my garden friends, the fauna, and flora. I am able to say goodbye with peace and joy.There has been some deep emotional feeling emerge in this process. I will continue to return to close down this home and move to my new one with calm celebration.
Two pop-up reminders today about my Spokane garden:
First Frost 2012 on garage roof
First Frost 2014 on garage roof
In my Newport garden, we had a nipping frost that touched my basil and zucchini plants a week or so ago. I forgot to set a reminder.
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