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Carnivorous Plant Update. 10.15.18
Joan, thanks for the inspiration. I needed it!
Despite me complaining about voracious herbivores and predators, there have been some very rewarding things this year. The heat also took its toll.
If I can get my workshop together, maybe I will make a chicken tractor like his. It looks much better than my arrangement.
Here's my helper at Home Depot. He picked out this nice echinacea for me. Part of the goal is stuff that deer and rabbits wont eat, and that wont need watering. These new echinacea hybrids are brilliant - but are they as hardy? We'll see.
One of my favorite homesteading families with their summary of this year's 100 days of growing food.
Spud, those yellow jackets were like a biblical plague! I think there is another nest somewhere, but this nest is definitely gone.
Randy, I also eat an ear or two of corn every day. They like writing ridiculous books that take a food or food constituent, and make it either like miracle cure or poison. For example, coconut oil was being promoted as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Now, it's being derided as "poison".
Hang in there Patricia! You may get some sweet corn yet. There's still some time.
Since the yellow jackets destroyed my summer fig crop, I hope the fall crop makes up for it. They come in two crops, one midsummer and one fall. I will keep traps out in case there are more of the cursed insects!
A couple of orchids decided to bloom. I like these for their midwinter bloom, but sometimes they make flowers in midsummer.
I leave these outside in the sun all summer, and bring them inside into a bright window or sunroom in about october.
Nice selection of Zinnias.
Daniel, glad you got rid of the yellowjackets. Hiring an exterminator sounds like the best plan. I didn't think of that.
Venus Flytraps could have eliminated them if you had 999 more.
Daniel, your Venus fly trap looks so cool. Why call an exterminator when you already have one!
One of my food books says "avoid corn". No way am I going to agree to that. In fact, I've probably averaged one ear per day for the last month--and much more to come, especially of the frozen variety.
Oh, poor puppy!!!
Looks yummy Daniel. Rick's corn experiment looks like it may produce a few cobs....but it has also cooled here, so he doesn't know yet.
Lunch today, right off the plant. Makes it all worthwhile!
My Venus Flytrap ate 4 wasps or yellow jackets.
It has cooled off quite a lot. I did some landscaping work - removing more of a huge raised bed and surrounding stone walk, and leveled for planting grass seed when the rains start this fall. This aria will be much neater and easier to maintain.
I finally hired an exterminator for the yellow jackets. There were thousands, and the stings bothered me. Plus they were close to the faucet. Plus they stung Rufus.
Still lots of ripe tomatoes. Loving that! And some great blackberries. Zinnias made it through the hot spell.
Lightning starts most of our wildfires.
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