Beth Babb
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  • Albany, NY
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Chris Hovlik replied to Beth Babb's discussion How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the group Flower Gardens
"I was told if you sprinkle blood meal around the boarder of your garden where you are having a squirrel problem it will deter them."
Sep 10, 2009
liz joseph replied to Beth Babb's discussion How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the group Flower Gardens
"my future hubby sets out a couple of live traps daily to catch mice. Today we had a squirril in it. I picked it up to see who was inside and saw the poor little black squirril... (my neighbor and i feed them.. they're not a problem around here,…"
Aug 10, 2009
Beth Babb commented on Community Manager's group Flower Gardens
"Happy 4th of July, everyone! We've actually got, miracles of miracles, a SUNNY DAY! First one we've seen in days here in Albany, so I'm gonna go enjoy those fireworks!"
Jul 4, 2009
Beth Babb commented on Community Manager's group Flower Gardens
"Hi, all! I'm up in Maine right now and we've been having a great deal of rain with unusually cold temperatures, so I guess it's welcome to Global Warming. Everything is vividly green, though, and the lupines are gorgeous. It's…"
Jun 16, 2009
Maureen T replied to Beth Babb's discussion How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the group Flower Gardens
"Wow! Great advice and apparently a very common problem. I took the advice to quit putting out corn for the squirrels. It means we also lost the mallard duck pair and several mourning doves, but the squirrels--though still hanging around--are much…"
Jun 16, 2009
Beth Babb commented on Community Manager's group Flower Gardens
"Hi, Lori! Yes, Maine has fields of them. They're just about at their peak here and they are GORGEOUS. I took a lot of pictures; if I can figure out how to do it, I'll post them here. I'm here in Maine now and having a ball. The…"
Jun 13, 2009
Beth Babb replied to Beth Babb's discussion How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the group Flower Gardens
"Hi, Anne! I was feeding the squirrels, but my landlord asked me to stop doing so. As soon as I stopped, they started raiding my pots. Sigh. So far, I'm keeping them off with a cayenne spray that is nasty enough to make my eyes tear when…"
Jun 10, 2009
Beth Babb commented on Community Manager's group Flower Gardens
"Jill: that's interesting. You guys must be a lot cooler in Vermont than we are here in New York. We're in full summer here with the lilacs done already and peonies starting. I'm going up to Maine tomorrow morning, and I'm looking…"
Jun 10, 2009
Anne replied to Beth Babb's discussion How to Get Rid of Squirrels in the group Flower Gardens
"I, too, have been having a terrible time with them this year. A grouchy neighbor feeds them, and since I have a pond and lots of trees and grape arbor, my yard is their grand central station, a transportation hub. My little corgi chases and barks at…"
Jun 10, 2009
Beth Babb left a comment for Jill Cullen
"Hi, again! Our pond was spring-fed, too. We dug it where we had a patch of constantly marshy land...so marshy that we had cattails in the middle of our pasture! I guess mineral deposits accounted for the wonderful texture. It would be interesting to…"
Jun 8, 2009
Jill Cullen left a comment for Beth Babb
"Beth, I live in Stowe which is pretty close to Burlington. I think you and I have alot of the same gardening conditions although Albany may be a little milder than the here in the mountains. I just started planting this weekend because of late…"
Jun 7, 2009
Beth Babb commented on Community Manager's group Flower Gardens
"Hi, Ann! Don't give up on lupines just yet. In Ohio, the Northern variety ought to do just fine, as long as you have relatively cool Springs....i.e, daytime temps in the 60s and low 70s, nighttime temps well above freezing for the months of May…"
Jun 6, 2009
Beth Babb commented on Community Manager's group Flower Gardens
"Where do you live, Ann? Northern Lupines are fussy about temperature and will not do well in heat. They like sandy, acidic soil and need a LOT of light. They won't do well in shade at all. There is a Western variety of Lupines as well, but they…"
Jun 5, 2009

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What kind of gardening do you like to do?
Container Gardening
How much time do you spend a week on average in your garden when weather permits?
3-4 hours

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At 7:30am on June 7, 2009, Jill Cullen said…
Beth, I live in Stowe which is pretty close to Burlington. I think you and I have alot of the same gardening conditions although Albany may be a little milder than the here in the mountains. I just started planting this weekend because of late frosts. All the other plants and trees in my yard are pretty much alpine and they seem to have withstood all of this crazy weather, of late. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
At 7:28am on June 7, 2009, Joanne Davis~~top of Z6/IL said…
Gardening is an all out effort, don't you think? If it's not squirrels, it's deer, or jap beetles, or drought, or too much rain. We become warriors. The perrenials 'round here are lush and blooming like crazy...it's the annuals that have had a difficult time due to all the rain, and unfortunately that includes tomatoes and other things that I want to get moving in the kitchen garden. They're finally getting established, but it's seemed slower this year. I've had to be patient.

We're getting lettuce and greens, raddish, onions. Strawberries just finished. A few blueberries and my black raspberries are about ready. Yellow squash is small and cute.

Oh, and I'm "recession-mulching" this year...using straw from the barn instead of buying loads of mulch for the vegies. Doesn't look as pretty, but I don't mind.

Keep up the fight. You'll conquer those varmits!
 
 
 

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