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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Joan is posting from hospital, so she must be getting better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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