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The rabbit apocalypse is upon us

If it's Friday, then I will use Liquid Fence as a rabbit repellent. It smells like rotten eggs, so I may not use it in places where people are likely to wonder what that terrible smell is smiley - yuk. I'd rather use "I'd rather garden," which smells like peppermint, but I'm running low on that. The next round of repellents will consist of equal parts of garlic powder and chili powder (with a hint of dishwashing detergent) mixed in water and aged for a few hours.

I have to laugh when I see some of the lists of plants that rabbits prefer not to eat. Some lists include Echinacea (which my rabbits feast on), Rudbeckia (likewise), yarrow (ditto), and squash (one year they devastated my squash leaves).

Meanwhile, foods that rabbits are supposed to love seem to go totally unscathed: hostas, petunias, grass.

Rabbits seem to have individual food preferences that bear no resemblance to thosen of other rabbits. Individualists! smiley - cross

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According t Waterford, today is world gin day

I'm not sure I've had gin, but today would be the most appropriate day to drink it.

World gin day.

World tonic day is next week. smiley - winkeye

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My vegetable garden 2019

Today I dug three parallel trenches in my front yard, and planted beets in them. It took a while to remove stones from the soil, and to mix compost and fertilizer into them. The last step was to put a fence around the patch.

On Sunday I will plant green beans to the left of the beet patch.

Early next month I will set up a very large long planter along the ground parallel to my porch. In this I will plant zucchini. My brother gave me the planter for Christmas. I think it holds 16 gallons of soil. I will need a lot soil to get it filled up.

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Jack in the pulpit

jack-in-the-Pulpits grew in abundance where I grew up. They even managed to survive in places where they shouldn't have. Too dry, too much sun? Even so, there was one stubborn one that persisted, until the drought of 2015 did it in.

I planted four of them (jacks-in-the-Pulpit?) along the edge of my house, under the eaves where they would get dripping rain water. Half of them didn't even come up, but the healthiest one has sprouted three extra shoots.

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The milkweed saga continues

here's some context: more than ten years ago I began dreaming about turning my yard into a butterfly garden. I worked toward my dream little by little, starting nine years ago, when I planted Coreopsis, Echinacea, and Rudbeckia in front of my house, plus along the side next to my front steps.

That first year, I also planted some Shasta daisies and some pretty yellow flowers that I didn't realize were annuals rather than perennials. Heck, the Shastas started getting sick almost right away, and were dead well before the Fall. The pretty yellow flowers did fine that Summer, but never came back after the Winter. Oh, well.

I still have the Echinacea, Rudbeckia, and Coreopsis. They keep coming back, year after year.

Butterflies regularly visit my flowers, but it's beginning to seem that I should raise the bar a bit higher, and also grow milkweed, so the Monarch butterflies could lay their eggs and pupate in my yard, not just sip nectar.

This means growing milkweed, of course, which seems so simple, but I have failed to keep any milkweed alive, year after year. Three years ago I planted Butterfly Weed in my back yard. It began dying back almost as soon as it got settled in. I might have watered it too much. Two years ago, I I planted Swamp Milkweed under the eaves along the side of my house. Squirrels dug up the roots. Not a single one survived. Last year I bought a couple seedlings of Poke Milkweed, which can take the shade in my backyard. I put them behind my shed. Squirrels dug one of them up. The other is showing no siogns of life so far.

Now we come to *this* year. Today I planted some Common Milkweed in two locations in my yard. It arrived healthy, and I scrupulously researched the kind of soil milkweed needs. Turns out, it needs smiley - drumroll sandy loam. So I made a pretty good approximation of that.

After Ip lanted them, I sprayed the leaves with "I Must garden" rabbit repellent. Hopefully, the squirrels will also be repelled by it. Not taking any chances, I put fences tightly around the plants.

This is getting way too complicated smiley - wah, but I do love butterflies. Still.

smiley - winkeye

Last Fall Ip lanted

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