"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,…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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.
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.
"Thank you Clare :)
Believe it or not, it's just organics.
Early Spring: Corn gluten (This is a pre-emergent weed control)
Early Summer: Alfalfa pellets, also used as small animal food (Slow-release Nitrogen)
"Lorraine, this is the first year we've planted tulips in a long time. We gave up on them many years ago because the squirrels would always dig up and eat the bulbs and if any did manage to grow, the deer would eat them. We got around those two…"