Godless in the garden


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Comment by Mel Quay on October 23, 2017 at 7:44pm
*pokes head in and waves*
Just wanted to say I like green things and I keep a flock of about a dozen chickens, a mallard duck hen, and a fantail pigeon.

Not an ace gardener by any measure, but I've managed to do okay with my succulents and herbs, and a few trees and ferns. :D
We have a shiitake mushroom patch too! Usually get a couple of harvests in the Autumn after a good rain. They dry so well and are a lovely addition to potatoes and soups!
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 23, 2017 at 2:09pm

Daniel, I would be interested in hearing what you learn from those books, especially "Understanding Toots" (Roots :)

Comment by kathy: ky on October 23, 2017 at 1:13pm
Daniel, it makes sense that people who read a lot would work at the book sales table. I know I would. And hopefully get the first look at the books available.
Comment by Daniel W on October 23, 2017 at 1:02pm

This weekend was the "All About Fruit Show" for the local Home Orchard Society.  I volunteered to work the book sales table.

Typically, I think the volunteers behind the table bought as many books as the people coming for the fruit tasting show.

I bought one called "Understanding Roots" -  a big book all about roots.  And another one called "Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers" about fig trees.  Also a used book for a dollar, "Trees for the Yard, Orchard, and Woodlot", published in the 70s by Rodale Press.  So that will be something to read for a while.

The news was calling this weekend's rains "atmospheric river" and it felt like it.  Beautiful sounding concept.  In reality, very wet :-)

Comment by Daniel W on October 22, 2017 at 7:58pm

Kathy, Spud, Thomas, interesting info. 

My neighbor has one of those giant "dancing gumby" things that you see sometimes at car dealerships.  I think they use a fan to keep them upright and dancing.  I need to ask him if it actually worked.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 2:06pm

Four years ago, when we had chickens they were protected from red tailed hawk by this:

   I bought 3 kites at wally world and set one up on a wire above the chicken yard. It worked exceedingly well. Better when the breeze came through to make it alive. It works best when changed with two other different animal kites. Set it up in different locations around the chicken yard and only used one at a time. Often I see wild birds attacking the kite. Of course at first the chickens were wary of it but  they got used to it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 10:48am

I used shipping tape to attach wires that I hang from tree branches.  

Other people have said they have good results hanging them on wires over their strawberries, tomatoes, and ect.  Some have good results hanging them over balconies to keep poop off the balcony.  

They should be hung where wind can move them, making noise, and where sunlight can flash from the diamonds.

I read some mention of them scaring away other animals, but didn't read enough to determine if that was true or not.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 10:41am

Kathy, I think I puchased mine many years ago on the internet.  I just looked for it and Amazon has 18 pages of different brands.  I also found stores that sell it:  Walmart, Home Depot, and Ace hardware.  I didn't find any with the round "eyes", like I have.  They are all dimond shaped light reflectors, but most of the brands have good reviews.  Here's what one kind looks like:

Comment by kathy: ky on October 20, 2017 at 8:08pm
Spud, that's one I've never heard of. Was it in the garden section of the store? How did you attach the strips to the trees??
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2017 at 4:05pm

Kathy, I've never tried the aluminum pie pan method of scaring birds, but I did buy plastic strips with hundreds of laser created spots that look like eyes.  I put them in my cherry trees and they kept the birds from eating all my cherries.  It appeared they ate none after that.


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