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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Permaculture thinking and skills for youth

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 3 minutes ago. 3 Replies

Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Aug 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2017 at 9:27am

Ants and flies, and mice.  Oh my!

I don't have as many pests that visit my garden as most of you, but probably have nearly as many in my house.

I hate those 3 critters in my house.  

I do have a high voltage fly zapper, although I need to put it back together.

I'm constantly fighting ants.  I may have told this before, but when I put down a glue board where they were getting into my bedroom, I saw an amazing thing.  After a day or two, several ants were stuck on it, but one day I looked and they were all gone.  Looking closer, I saw sand particle trails to where each ant used to be stuck.

25 years ago, when I first moved into this house, there were mice here because the house had been vacant for years.  I got rid of them, and have seen no sign of any until a few days ago, when I started hearing my burglar alarms going off several times a day & night.  I couldn't figure out what was triggering them, but after a couple of days, I started noticing mouse feces everywhere.  Yikes!

I immediately went to the store and purchased a bunch of Victor mouse traps, packed the trigger with peanut butter, and waited. The next morning, I checked and found none of the traps had been triggered, but the peanut butter had disappeared, even from inside the small crevices.

I was sure the mousy tongues couldn't reach into those tiny crevices, so was puzzled for a while.  Then I noticed one trap still had peanut butter on it and had ants going coming & going to it, so I figured ants must have eaten all the bait from all the other traps.  After thinking it over, wondering how ants could find and eat all the peanut butter in all the traps overnight, still hearing my alarms going off, as well as finding an old glue board gnawed part way, I changed my mind and figured those mouse tongues were more dexturous than I thought.  

I went to town again, and purchase several other kinds of traps made by the Tomcat company.  I used the Tomcat wooden traps similar to the Victor ones, and the next morning, 2 mice were dead in those traps.  Some of the small holes in the trigger had been cleared of peanut butter.  Amazing.

Well, long story longer yet, it's been 2 days since those 2 mice were eliminated, no more peanut butter has disappeared, and no more mice were killed.

From all the feces I saw, I figured I had a huge community of mice in my house, but it now seems almost certain it was all from only 2 mice!

About the 2 brands of traps, the Victor traps just are not sensitive enough.  All the peanut butter was eaten, but not one trap was triggered.  The Tomcat traps are much more sensitive.  None of the peanut butter was eaten except a little from the 2 traps that had a mouse dead in each one.  So, no more Victor brand for me.  It's Tomcat all the way.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2017 at 8:44am

My diabetes teacher says that Avocados have a good kind of fat.

They are rather bland tasting in my old age, but still taste OK if I don't put too much of anything with them that has a strong flavor. 

One fact I read about Avocados is that once mature, they can be left on the tree for a month or two with no ill effects.  They still remain hard until picked.  That means  if I do grow them, I don't have to pick them all at once, and freeze them or whatever.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2017 at 8:38am

Daniel, I didn't know that pears ripen from the inside-out.

The method for ripening pears that I use is to put them in my basement where the temperature is 60°F.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2017 at 8:34am

In my last post, I talked about Avocados and Tomatoes as if they were vegetables because they don't have much sweetness, but they are fruit.  Wikipedia says an Avocado is a large berry.

That means that no vegetable continues to ripen after being picked.

Fruits that do not ripen after being picked are Cherries, Citrus, Figs, Grapes, Pineapple, Pomegranate, and Watermelon (another large berry).

Comment by Randall Smith on May 10, 2017 at 7:32am

Good info, Spud. Too bad I don't have a taste for avocados. I know they're really good for us.

Putting unripe pears in a brown paper bag speeds up the ripening process--or so I hear.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2017 at 1:28am

Randy, I didn't see the film, and yes, Rooster Cogburn was named after that character. 

He was cock of the hill and I am certain he put up a great fight when caught and eaten by a wild animal. His feathers were broadly scatered. The kids buried what they could find of him and put a cross on his grave. I used to have a photo of the grave site, but it is lost in my unsorted mess.

I keep saying that I am ginng to organize photo albums, but just don't put in the effort. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 9, 2017 at 10:30pm

Joan, its interesting that you are in such a wild place.   Our chicken yard is fenced to keep out racoons possums and coyotes but once in a while we loose one to unknown cause.  Rats?  Hawks?  Its disappointing but I feel like we give them good lives othrwise.

Comment by Daniel W on May 9, 2017 at 10:27pm

Spud, I'll be amazed at your avocados.  Thought about them here but they ars too tropical for me.  I read something like, there is an a type and a b type or something like that, and both are needed for pollination.

Pears riprn from inside out.  If ripe on the tree, inside is near rotten.  They need to be picked when they come loose easily from the tree but still firm, then refridgerated, then ripen a day or two or so in the kitchen.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 9, 2017 at 9:32am

Because of my new diet, I'm eating one or two Avocados a day, and less fruit, so I've been thinking of ordering an Avocado tree instead of a Pomegranate to plant on the south side of my house.

While looking for a nursery that sells them, I came across a surprise about when to pick fruits & vegetables for the best taste.

From what I've read in the past, I thought that pears are the only fruit that ripen properly off the tree.  However, from what I've read today, It looks like Avocados are the only ones.  They should mature on the tree, but they soften only after being picked.

All other fruits and vegetables taste best when ripened on the tree or vine, but some fruits can be picked before ripening, and will continue to ripen to a degree.

Bananas will ripen a great deal off the tree, and can be picked green.

Apples can be picked a week early for longer storage.

Apricots, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Plums, and Tomatoes will continue to ripen after being picked.

 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 9, 2017 at 7:23am

Joan, wasn't "Rooster Cogburn" the character in True Grit?

We are under a flood warning here in central Indiana. Planted farm fields are under water and will have to be replanted at some point.

Fortunately, and just in the nick of time, our farm installed new drainage tiling this spring, and is handling the excess water wonderfully. It was a good investment.

And my house and garden sits on a knob, so I get good runoff. My sump pump is working overtime, however.

I did get a chance to plant tomatoes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and brocolli yesterday before the overnight rains came.

Daniel, I'll check out your Blogspot entries later.

 

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