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I think I figured out why my vegetable seeds were not sprouting. Laura used Roundup on the lawn to kill dandelions the other day, and when Larry mowed the lawn, he put the cuttings on the compost heap.
I still have not convinced Laura not to use Roundup because she is so determined to have a pristine lawn. She said I could grow all of them I wanted, but not in the lawn.
Last summer, I picked dandelions blooming in the grass every morning to take them to the chickens, but I just do not have the energy to do that anymore.
The compost I used in the garden was two years old, consisted mostly of horse manure, and feels as perfect loamy soil should. I just did not realize it contained Roundup.
Correction: it was not Rooster Cogburn that the family watched kidnapped, it was the younger fowl that were captured by coyotes.
I just Wednesday's page of Comments and understand all the discussion about mouse traps. If we find more mice droppings, I will suggest Larry try the brands you used successfully. When we successfully used the old-fashioned wooden ones, we used cheddar cheese.
We have several barn cats here in the forest and they seem to control the mice problems; with one exception, we found mouse dropping under the sink and Larry set a Victor wooden trap, just like the ones my grandmother used when I was a child. He caught two mice and we have seen no signs of return.
Kathy, I have never dealt with red ants, but I had huge ants that came in with a truckload of wood chips. I spread Diatomaceous Earth around the pile of chips and everywhere I saw one in my garden. That was several years ago and didn't have problems after that. I always buy food grade because I use it in my kitchen and basement and on pets or wherever I find pests.
"Diatomaceous Earth (often referred to as "DE") is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it compromises their waxy coating so that their innards turn into teeny tiny bug jerky."
Diatomaceous Earth food grade
There is another form of this powder that is not food grade and I have no idea if it is stronger, but it may be.
Those traps I use do startle me a little when they go off, but not much. Perhaps I've gotten used to them. They don't startle me as much as the pressure packed cylinders containing dinner rolls, when hitting them on the edge of something to pop them open.
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