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Old 03-13-2009, 08:22 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Kylie,

I have empty lots on each side of me. Land is a lot cheaper than it was 4 years ago. Come on down neighbor! Do you have a lottery in your state?

I'm working on a random number system that is so out there in the public domain that it must be invisible to most folks. Sorta like hidden in plain sight.
Met a gal in the local Valeromart that consistently wins - small, that is. Got me started investigating. Time will tell.

The guy I got the Ae Ae from was Jeff from Worldwide Plants. He lives in Boynton - an area rife with nitetime mischief. He knows now to take care of his stuff.

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Today I killed over 2 dozen melaleuca seedlings to small trees, and a few shinus(Brazilian pepper), and some other invasive exotics on my "farm."
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Today I destroyed a portion of my 4-inch plant stock for various reasons: bolting, rusting, and simply not selling. This included Costmary, Dogbane (Coleus cannis), Orange Mint, Arugula and other salad greens -- about 100 individuals in all. This leaves a remaining 4" inventory of about 1600 individuals.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:22 AM   #104 (permalink)
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Bees! A whole hive in a cracked wall.

I was at my friend's place this evening and his neighbor asked him how to tackle a bee hive in a cracked wall. The crack was along the stretch and in a couple of places. So I decided to do a Thermopylae on it.

I put a wet towel snugged to the crack and left a small gap which I unleashed a can of aerosol Shelltox. The bees were resting for the evening so they were taken by surprise. As they tried to come out, they were killed at the small gap. This helped to keep the fumes in the nest and whatever that came out, they were too disoriented to attack me. Took 20 mins to quell the whole hive. They will cement up the crack to keep the bees off.

A good lesson from the history of the Spartans!
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for the last month i believe i have desimated at least half of an ant colony who has invaded my kitchen. im all for live and let live...but you know i dont go and invade their colony i dont want them to invade my home. it may not be much by its mine and its paid for. lol.
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:07 PM   #106 (permalink)
 
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Here in South Florida a small " chemical warfare" ant is sometimes a problem.

Today I found a few trespassing Shinus (Brazilian peppers) seedlings and weeded them with haste. They are an invasive species here that is really bad news. Like a passion vine in Hawaii.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:06 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Cucumbers! =(
Six little seedlings, all of which were hardened off, none of which could stand the attention of the sprinkler.
Sigh...
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:17 PM   #108 (permalink)
 
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Last week killed a raja puri pup. Tried to do a tissue culture knowing very well there was only a tiny amount of corm.
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Possibly 2 dogwoods, 2 apple trees, 2 butterfly bush that I had to transplant. Still more gardening to do. I have an area along a stockade fence I need to clean up - about 30'

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I hope they weren't honey bees - they are on the decline
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I hope they weren't honey bees - they are on the decline
Most beekeepers will come get honey bees for free
I thought I had bees last year but after looking over my pics at 12x zoom realized they were yellow jackets and sprayed them.
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:33 PM   #111 (permalink)
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I thought yellow jackets were honey bees. What is the diff? I am so allergic to bees, if I get stung again, it's the epi pen & E room for me or I'll die

I planted a bunch of veggies from HD & the cucumbers died. I wonder if they'll replace them with only the tag. The last of my 6 EE's from A.S. died too. A wasted $22.00.

Another squirrel.
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They are very different
I kill yellow jackets without hesitation
Honey bees as long as you aren't near the nest will usually leave you alone

My apple trees are growing, nothing from the dogwoods yet
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:43 PM   #113 (permalink)
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Thanks Dave. I just did a search on them & I couldn't tell the diff in the pics. Your pics are better - so the top one is a honey bee I assume. Bumble bees are the only ones that don't bother me. That bottom pic...I don't think I've seen one that yellow.
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Patty,

Be careful around yellow jackets. They are very aggressive. The whole hive will come out and attack you - they are very fast to sound the alarm to each other.

Back in NC I was weed wacking a planting bed and hit a nest that was formed in a depression on the ground under the mulch. Didn't notice till my legs started to get stung. In an instant they felt like they were on fire. Looked down and found myself covered in yellow jackets. Dropped the whacker, still running, and ran for the deck. Tried rubbing the legs while running. Looked like practice for a one legged ass kicking contest.

Had an outdoor shower installed and turned it on fast. Most of them didn't follow me - just the ones still gouging my legs with their stingers.

Had about 30 to 40 leg bites between the tops of the socks and the bottom of my shorts. Man was I on fire, Took 4 benadryl, 2 oxycodone from a left over prescription, 2 shots of scotch and finally 4 beers. And that's when the pain was tolerable enough to sleep. The next day most of the pain was gone and all I had left to do was deal with the hangover. Two lunch beers did the trick.

Bottom line - don't mess with YJ's. As it turned out, the nest I disturbed was a small one. If it had been big it would have been ER time for me.

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Old 06-05-2009, 12:49 AM   #115 (permalink)
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Great story Dan! My gosh, you poor thing... I'd be dead. Loved your anecdote LOL-- what I would do. Oh, I think I need 2 benadryl now thinking of it!
The time I really reacted was the 4th sting I ever got. They say that after 3 stings, you will develope a allergy - so be careful.
I was in my garden - barefoot, & I stepped on one -just barely stung my 2nd toe & within 5 minutes my leg was red & my tongue started swelling. E ROOM! Hives everywhere & could hardley breath. I thought I'd die then. Was horrible.
I WILL NEVER walk barefoot in my garden again! What kind of bee was this (the doctor asked)??? I didn't know. Anyone? I know it wouldn't have stung me if I didn't step on it.
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LMAO I need to post the picture of myself when I sprayed the yellow jacket hive outside my door. I was wearing several heavy jackets, ski mask, goggles, many socks, scarfs, etc. Sprayed real quick and closed the door. The spray I used killed them pretty much instantly though. Soaked their house real good and left it a week to prevent others from coming back.
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Thinking about killing the deer who are randomly pruning my apple trees and eating all the leaves off my plum trees. didn't take but one or two of my habs to break em from sucking eggs on that front, but they are still grazing on my Anihiems, was looking forward to some roasted chiles this year. maybe I should use land mines, just joking ,but have thought about a SAW, take out the whole heard that way, anybody in need of vinison????
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If you plant some tarragon in with the peppers, the deer may leave them alone.
One anecdote does not data make, but I had problems with deer eating my herb garden.. until they got to the tarragon. They trimmed the top off, and the tracks said they went straight from tarragon to fence. They didn't come back.
Apparently, tarragon is not delicious to deer.
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2 gophers.
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some bacopa crispied in the baking 103 F weather today :-|
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