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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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