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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Randy, have you tried making a tea out of your concoction?
6 EASY STEPS TO MAKE HOMEMADE COMPOST TEA
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.
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!)
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
Ditto, ditto, ditto on the heat. The positive note is all my heat tolerant and drought tolerant perennials are now doing their thing and are happy with just a sip from rain barrels. :)
Randall in other words you took squirrels on a 'vacation to a foreign land and left them."Time will tell if they manage transportation back home. :) Your critter stories are not funny to you, but hilarious to read.
Another inch of rain this weekend. July record, with another 12 days to go. I've just about given up on weeding.
The good news is, I've caught 9 moles this year! And yesterday, I set my trap for "piney" squirrels (that's what I call them). Caught 3 in a matter of a few hours. Used walnut pieces for "bait". Drove them 2 miles away to release them. Far enough?
Now, if only I can catch those sweet corn loving racoons. My dog has been negligent in her duties.
Ah, the wisdom of our elders. And to paraphrase Pogo, We have met the elders, and they are us! Thanks for your comments, Joan.
Ahhh, Joan sounds wonderful. I'm happy that you are getting to enjoy the little ones.
I spent the morning in the Generations Garden pulling weeds, with my five great-grandkids, talking about the meaning of words, why the cats like this garden for their poop and pee, how to kill thistles, whose turn to use the water-weeding tool, and stuff like that. I had an absolutely wonderful time and I think they did, too. A cherry tree is dying and I showed them how to cut out the dead wood and protect the living wood. Hopefully, we can save it.
The oldest one wants to pan for gold. I panned while living in Alaska, and my grandfather had a gold mine where my Dad and uncles helped him. Granddad had a ball mill stone crusher at his gold mine on the Salmon River near Lucile, Idaho. He also used a gold ore sluice box.
Lots of new information exchanged between our generations. A sweet memory for me and hopefully for them.
After the warm May, and hot June, July is disappointing me. My Watermelon are probably not liking 80˚ F highs and 55˚ F lows, with dark clouds part of the day.
Looks like we're all experiencing extra heat. It really is too hot to be working in the garden But if not, the weeds will take over.
Everything is coming on fast and strong, vegetable wise. Asparagus season is over, just in time for green beans, sweet corn, cabbage, new potatoes, summer squash, and oh, tomatoes! Bring them on!
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