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Over the Garden Fence / Re: Today's Temperature
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:01:39 pm »
I have one die hard pepper plant, still trying to make more blossoms and ripen some peppers.  We had several days now with sunshine which is nearly unheard of, so the sunroom where the pepper plant lives does warm up nicely still.  Without the cloud cover, the temps do go down into the freezing at night though. Great news, the sun doesn't go down any sooner now in the afternoon.  Longer days are coming eventually. 

Wow, didn't think cukes can handle the low temperatures.  Great to be able to pick edibles in the winter, isn't it..

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Mint as a rodent deterrant, early resultsl
« on: September 07, 2017, 08:10:04 pm »
I tried those also and could see that the bait blocks were nibbled on.  So have to assume some rodents died.  After rebaiting, none seemed interested in those green bait cakes.  I also have one hunting cat and stray cats helping plus hawks and visiting eagles.  So there is concern over them eating a freshly poisoned rat. 

Last week, I did catch two rats in the manual traps, baited with peanut butter! 

There is definitely less damage this year over last with adding lots of mint.  I'll try the poison again this winter, when the cats are in.  Too bad, I can't periodically rent a working rat hound here.  Don't want to add a dog to the menagerie!

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Over the Garden Fence / Partial Solar Eclipse on Tomato
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:16:29 pm »
Hopefully the photo will show.

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Tips and Tricks / Mint as a rodent deterrant, early resultsl
« on: August 17, 2017, 01:35:11 pm »
Rodents of many types find a nearly unlimited food supply at my place.  One grow house is particularly vulnerable due to its open design.  One morning this spring, I found the pepper plants in about six EBs nearly stripped of their leaves.  By the rare chance, rabbits were to blame, I surrounded the pepper EBs with hard plastic fence material.

Well, the tomatoes started to come in heavy and so did the sharecroppers. 

Here is what I tried.  Put mint sprigs in jars filled with water and surrounded most of the Earthboxes.  Everytime I walked through, I brushed up against the mint so it would release lots of scent.  Reasonably confident, I had far less damage, I left some tomatoes fully ripen.  All the ones that had mint nearly touching were not nibbled on, whereas I found nibbled on tomatoes on the ground where there was very little mint.

Mint grows roots in water in a few days and can be potted up. 

Well, it might turn out, I'll have to grow at least as much mint as I do tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. 

I also tried electronic and manual traps.  They tend to work only once and I guess the word goes out to stay clear of these contraptions!


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Announcements / Re: Welcome Back!
« on: August 16, 2017, 06:17:25 pm »
What a very welcome surprise to see the Earthbox Forum up and running again!  Thanks so much for all the effort.  I'll be stopping in.

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