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Comment by Randall Smith on July 24, 2015 at 7:16am
Daniel, I commented on your garden blog site.
Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2015 at 12:44am

What a good harvest, Daniel! From my small patch I got lots of herbs, enough to freeze for the wintertime, and handfuls of lettuce. The carrots and beets look promising and the phloxes are just wonderful!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 23, 2015 at 2:49pm

Oh, yes.  The sting of that electric wire will deter lots of pests.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 23, 2015 at 7:10am

I now have the ultimate solution--besides not planting sweet corn at all. An electric wire! Borrowed what I needed from my son-in-law yesterday. Strung it up in about an hour, and voila, no raccoons over night!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2015 at 10:34pm

Randy, I included how to make compost tea as an example of how to make a tea of your concoction of  "pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks". Maybe by straining the mixture, it would not clog up your sprayer. 

 pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 22, 2015 at 11:36am

Randy, hope the urine keeps the Coons away.  It's worth a try.

Sounds like you'll have to stake that trap to the ground.  That reminds me:  To keep the wind from blowing my Cold Frame away, I've got it staked to the ground with "Pets Spiral Tie-Out Stakes".  It would take a tornado to pull those out.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2015 at 6:59am

Joan, it's way too much work (and money) to make compost tea. But, thanks for the thought.

I caught another squirrel this morning. I use a small trap. My dog ("Dot") usually informs me I caught something. She "plays" with the cage, rolling it all over trying to get at the animal. This morning, a big cattle truck stopped to remove the trap from the roadway--Dot oblivious to traffic. Embarrassing. It could have been disasterous.

One more thing, I'm "bucketing" my urine to splash around the garden, in hopes of keeping 'coons away. Gross, I know, but....

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2015 at 10:30am

Randy, have you tried making a tea out of your concoction? 


I think the same principles apply to making your solution. 

How do you catch "piney" without getting caught yourself. I have heard of people use garbage cans, but I would hate to be the one putting the lid on the can.

I enjoy reading about your life's experiences. 


Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2015 at 7:24am

Since my dog and trap has failed to dissuade racoons, I concocted a home brew mixture of pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks. One squirt and the damn sprayer clogged up. 3 sprayers later, I gave up. I wound up using a paint brush. Don't know if it will work, but I didn't have any night visitors last night. (And my 4th "piney" is ready to be deported!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2015 at 4:48pm

Randy, we laid heavy black tarps over where we want the greenhouse to be built to kill grasses and weeds. Removing the tarp we found many mole holes. We used mothballs in each hole and covered them up again with the tarp. We had no signs of moles when we laid the gravel base on another kind of tarp for the entire greenhouse. 

I hope we stop those critters with these efforts. I will let you know if it failed. 

Spud, household vinegar is not strong enough to kill the toughest of weeds. I created a weed-hunt routine and find household vinegar was an easy kill for some weeds, virtually useless on other weeds.

Vinegar Weed Killer: Grandma's Recipe For Fast Weed Control


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