Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
…… And ever winging up and up,
Our valley is his golden cup,
And he the wine which overflows
To lift us with him as he goes:
The woods and brooks, the sheep and kine,
He is, the hills, the human line,
The meadows green, the fallows brown,
The dreams of labour in the town;
He sings the sap, the quickened veins;
The wedding song of sun and rains
He is, the dance of children, thanks
Of sowers, shout of primrose-banks,
And eye of violets while they breathe;
All these the circling song will wreathe,
And you shall hear the herb and tree,
The better heart of men shall see,
Shall feel celestially, as long
As you crave nothing save the song. ……..
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
To rid roses of black spot, mix:
1 gallon of water
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon dish detergent
Spray once a week.
I doubt I will spray once a week all summer, knowing me, but at least for a while until they recover.
Monday, May 25, 2009
We are continuing to have a lot of trouble with ants. We have two columns of ants climbing the outside walls and going into the attic, and we have ants eating up the lima bean plants. This morning I researched homemade ant killers/repellants and here is what I found from various how-to web sites.
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of Borax Laundry Detergent
Place all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil (while stirring), Boil for 3 minutes. Using the plastic lids from milk containers, Place it in the effected room or outside where the ants are. They will find the sticky liquid no matter where it is placed. The ants eat this and then take it back to their nest. Before long there will be no more ants as this mixture will kill them.
ANT KILLER 1:
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 envelope dry yeast
Mix all ingredients together. Place a few drops on pieces of cardboard, then place wherever ants are coming in.
ANT KILLER 2:
1 or 2 cups of grits
Take (1 or 2 Cups) of GRITS, and sprinkle them around the ants mound in the yard. When an ant eats these grits, his body gets all the water soaked up out of his little body and dies.
Ant Killer #3
Mix a half teaspoon each of honey, borox, and aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet, etc.), in small bottles. Place bottles on their sides, with lids off, in areas of most ant activity. Ants will carry the bait back to their colonies. Important: use indoors only; must be kept away from pets and children.
Mix the following ingredients in a spray bottle:
10 1/2 ounces of water
3 ounces of hot sauce (Tabasco works very well)
2 1/2 ounces liquid peppermint soap (available at health-food stores). Just spritz on where ants enter your home. Dont spray this on plants! The soap and peppermint oil is too concentrated for them.
I tried out number 3 this morning using honey, borax and splenda. I mixed it up in a little pill bottle and set it out next to the lima beans. The ants are going into it and I hope it works! Garry has run out of some commercial ant killer that we have been using to try and kill the ants going into our attic so I will try some of this other stuff in those spots too.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Everyday as I work in my garden I have been hearing a parrot squawking in nearby trees, but I could never see more than a gray blur as it flew by. Today I got up early to weed before it got hot and I took my binoculars with me. I finally got to see it well enough to get a description and look it up on the net, and I found out it is a Quaker Parrot! They come from South America and are wild now in several states. I am sure it is a Quaker because we know where it is making its huge nest of very large twigs about half a block from here on top of a telephone pole.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Get some chickens (for the eggs.) How do I do that when I have two cats who like to catch birds? Will they bother the chickens? As long as I don’t have a rooster can I get away with it in the city? Do I want a chicken tractor, or a deep bedding system? Will the chickens stay in my yard?
Learn to make compost. My dad made great compost. I am terrible at it. I pile up big piles that don’t seem to decompose. I am determined to learn how to do this, and I also hope my husband will help me ; )
Get a vacuum sealer (because I don’t like canning and I have a freezer.)
Get a steam canner. I may can anyway and this would be easier than a water bath canner.
The last two things would have to be justified, because Garry already thinks gardening is expensive.
More rain barrels.
Figure out how to use my front yard for vegetables and stuff without offending the neighborhood. One way may be to garden the way my grandmother did where flowers and vegetables were mixed together.