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Comment by Plinius on April 17, 2015 at 1:59am

Joan is posting from hospital, so she must be getting better.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 16, 2015 at 9:24pm
At least they aren't in the house but they are getting close to it. I wonder how large the colony is for it to have so many hills of all sizes.
I hope Joan is doing well. Carl too.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 15, 2015 at 8:36am

In the past, I've used quite toxic materials to get rid of ants.  It does the job for about a year, but they continue to fly in and create new colonies, so it's a never ending battle.  I've decided to quit using toxic materials, and will try Patricia's method.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 15, 2015 at 8:11am
Patricia, I'll try that. All this precipitation seems to have driven ants up the hill where I live. They are everywhere.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 15, 2015 at 6:52am

Patricia, I've not heard of your ant killer before, but I'm going to try it.  Those critters are a pain.  I'm glad I don't have fire ants, but what I do have eat a lot of my strawberries, farm aphids on some of my fruiting plants, and get in the house where they sometimes sting me.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 15, 2015 at 2:15am

Patricia, your ant killer is new to me and I've printed it. Will give it a try as I have large mounds nears my front walk - Fire Ants - nasty little critters. Although what it will do to them makes me shudder.

Daniel, I've come to the decision that this year will be a test case for all my newly planted items and I'm going to let nature take its course.  I'll definitely learn which things will need intervention from me.  Since this has been the wettest Spring in several years there's a good chance some of my plants won't get pollinated.

It boggles my mind how you track each tree and plant and help it along with pollination, grafting, pruning, et al.  Info on figs and pawpaw is fascinating!  

Kathy, I don't have that many ants as they don't like the rain and seem to go underground - I do have snails by the gazillion and when I walk down my walkway after dark it is crunchy. :)  Tomorrow I'm putting out rows of diatomaceous earth in hopes of at least slowing them down. 

Comment by kathy: ky on April 14, 2015 at 11:02pm
There are ants everywhere! I usually leave them alone but the rain must have driven them to higher ground.
Does anyone know any natural remedies for them? I've been reading about coffee grounds, cream of wheat and cornmeal. The coffee grounds will probably work but I don't have enough to cover the areas involved. I've never seen so many ants! I turned a five gallon bucket right side up and ants had covered every inch beneath it!! Those were red but I don't know what kind they are.
Comment by Steph S. on April 14, 2015 at 8:51pm

Wow Daniel pollinating your own plants remind me of Gregor Mendel and his research on pea plants. His research really helped with the genetics field.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 14, 2015 at 5:18pm
I got two peaches off a two year old tree last year. Actually the tree may have been three years old . Kentucky grows excellent peaches and there's an orchard less than twenty miles of us. Since we eat so many l have lots of seedlings come up in, and around, the compost heaps.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2015 at 7:25am

I'm sure Daniel knows more about it Barbara, but from growing watermelon, I've learned that they have both male and female flowers, with only the female flowers producing fruit.  The male flowers are the first to show.

I've read that squash and cucumbers are the same, but not tomato.  I'm not sure about cantaloupe.

One interesting thing that Wikipedia said is "Experiments have shown that when more pollen is applied to the stigma, as well as the fruit containing more seeds and being larger (the xenia effect mentioned above), the germination of the seeds is also faster and more likely, and the seedlings are larger.[34]"  

 

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