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Joined: 2009-08-07

I bought a Siberian Iris yesterday, this will go in the bog garden, I couldn't keep them moist enough in the flower bed, even near the downspout, and the grasshoppers ate them tubers and all!

This is a test of my grasshopper control,,,,wish me luck! :D

Secondly, I got my new 4 gallon backpack sprayer out Sunday and tested it by spraying fertilizer on 1 or 2 acres of grass.

That thing must way 40 pounds or so when full, but makes it much easier to get lots of spraying done, and wasn't any harder on my joints than carrying my hand held sprayers all over the place! :)

Yesterday I bought a half gallon of Neem Oil to spray for the grasshoppers with.

Since Neem oil is an organic product that should be safe to use on vegetation that gets eaten by wild life, I'm going to use it in a spray mix concoction all of my own! :D

Even though Neem Oil also repels insects as well as killing insects that are not fully grown by stopping there growth and making them rot, I plant to put the Neem Oil in the sprayer along with fish emulsions to fertilize and help repel animals such as deer and rabbits, and molasses to help attract the grasshoppers to eat it.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Here's Hoping and Wishing ...

... that it works. :) :)

Good that you got the backpack mode ... lugging stuff by hand gets my back all out of place.

The bog garden will look beautiful with Iris ... I take a side road nearby just to see someone's driveway edging of all irises, it's just beautiful.

Joined: 2009-08-07
I had given up before,,,,

After finding out the Siberian Iris was a bog plant I'd given up on growing it,,,,till I got the pond! :D

Also I've been able to push my physical limits farther and faster this year, partly due to Emu Oil, it is a great natural remedy for my arthritis as well as being good for my skin!

My new reel mower is helping too, though most of my mowing is done for the year now.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Emu Oil

I remember last year (old forum) the discussions on aches and pains. Glad you found something to help you Larry.

I had a lightbulb moment recently. Was at the local health food store, found an arnica based ointment from Peaceful Mountain in Boulder CO for muscle aches, BUT right next to it was another formula for tendons. I'd noticed that my aches are no longer centered on muscle areas but are near-the-knee, ankles and feet ... where the tendons are. Now the arnica (and white willow, devils claw, witch hazel, peppermint and aloe) are all good, but I want to try the tendon stuff.

I've nearly erased the 2 bad muscle areas in my back and brewers yeast and tumeric were the solution there.

But I'll definitely keep Emu Oil in mind if it doesn't help.

Thanx Larry :)

For your bog, were you also considering the carnivorous plants? They're so weird ... kinda cool though!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Redmink is.....

your health store run by an old lady in a pointed hat with a cat on her shoulder. Those concoctions sound like something from a spell book.
Dare I ask what is emu oil?
Is it made from emus if so do the legs stick out of the jar?
Trust is when you believe the label's claims.

Joined: 2009-08-07
RE: health store run by an old lady in a pointed hat with a cat

Nope, that's his wife!! How'd you know?

Sussex, it's all good ingredients used for thousands of years, but I see what you mean as to how it sounds!

As if a modern day "Pharmacopoeia" is not a Spell Book too? Many modern drugs are just concentrated forms of natural stuff.

One of America's stock characters in the old Western movies were the Snake Oil Sellers who had a potion "To Cure All Your Ills". Too funny (and 99% alcohol)!!!

Joined: 2009-08-07
RE: Carnivorous plants?

I don't know of any that would survive my cold climate, or I'd buy a bunch!

Not sure but I think they preen the oil from the feathers of the Emu's.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Some grow in Central Canada

The Pitcher Plants

TRAP TYPE: Pitfall Trap
Currently 10 listed species occupying habitats in eastern North America (central Canada to southeastern United States of America).

Here's the Link:

You never know until you try. Although it's common to try to take for example Mountain Laurel and all the dirt it's in and try to transplant it, only to fail, so for some things, it's established habitat is critical.

Oh well, there's plenty of other bog-happy plants to go with!

Joined: 2009-08-07
I found some seeds for those,,,,

They are even cold hardy more than enough, they go to Zone 2, I'm not sure I want to pay the price they have listed though!

I'll just have to see if I can find some elsewhere cheaper!

What a busy Friday, I walked 4 miles, and excavated I think 7 wheelbarrow loads of dirt from my root cellar site, I mowed the front lawn also,,,,my that grass grew in the last week!

Joined: 2009-08-07
We got a nice soak last night!

.51 inches of rain yesterday and last night, I was just noticing how there were getting to be quite a few grasshoppers on the place, but no sign of them this morning!

Just last weekend someone was talking to me about how the grasshoppers get fungus-es in them which kill them from damp weather, and I guess the Semi-spore Grasshopper bait I have used in past years, which gives them a spore that does them the same doubled up with this makes short work of them!

Aw shucks, and I was all set to get out the prayer and get after them!

Now I guess I can save the spray for when the invasions of those swarms of grasshoppers start coming around,,,,seems inevitable, they send out scouts looking for places to feed and breed,,,,not a rhyme I like!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Prayer or Sprayer?

Raspberries !!!! :tongue:

You said: "and I was all set to get out the prayer and get after them!"

I think you did a freudian slip there Larry, saying what you were thinkin' instead of saying the edited version? Grasshoppers do deserve a prayer ... after the sprayer! Sure would be nice to get rid of them WITH only a prayer. ;)

At least now you have a backup plan with the spray stuff, and really, it's nice that the bait you used is working and that Nature cooperated with some rain.

I have a friend (who is smart) but says that he'd rather be Lucky Than Smart. Sometimes I think it's smart to be lucky and take the credit! :innocent:

"Feed and Breed" ... sounds like the title to a horror movie.

After 7 wheelbarrow loads on the root cellar, are you almost done?

It's been too hot and muggy to walk 4 minutes here, never mind 4 miles ... good for you Larry!! :)

Joined: 2009-08-07
RE: After 7 Wheelbarrow loads,,,?

That 7 loads makes I think 24 so far, but it's going to be hundreds if not thousands of wheelbarrow loads!

This time I caught myself at the typo, "thousands ow"!

Joined: 2009-08-07
I just found in my cabinet a quart of Pyganic!

Yesterday I was looking in a cabinet for a sprinkler, and found the quart of Pyganic instead! :)

It will work even better for my spray recipie in place of the Neem oil as it won't repel the grasshoppers, and I can use the Neem oil on plants and trees I want to save!

Joined: 2009-08-07
It's Amazing ...

... how things get "lost"!

I actually broke down and took the time to make a "map" of the double-parked boxes in my closet as I lose track of things that are seasonal.

"Thousands!" of wheelbarrow loads? YIKES. At least you're puttin' 'em to good use in the bog garden.

Speaking of the bog garden, I'm not surprised at the cost of those carnivorous plants.

Well, tomorrow is all day rain, BUT we've had 2 Fine & Fair days after our heat wave.

Local people have been reporting hummingbirds, so I'll put out the feeders in hopes of ... they were regular visitors last year. :)

Poor Pugsley and the puddle! Same thing happened with my non-water dog and my friend's springer spaniel. The spaniel went charging off into the flood spot from the pond, my Sam gayly charged right after her, and PLOPPED into the water ... Sam gave her such a dirty look. :stare:

Joined: 2009-08-07
Old sprinkler,

I found that an old homemade sprinkler I have, which doesn't work on the low pressure from my well, works just fine for putting on the end of my hose attached by an adapter to my barrel pump I got to pump out of the pond, still not much coverage, but helps give a little extra water to the bog garden! :)

Joined: 2009-08-07
Been taking it easy this week!

,,,But I did get out there today and dig one load of dirt from the root cellar site, even if the only reason I did this was to get some dirt to put around the Date Palms I had been growing as house plants. ;)

They were getting in the way in the house, so I added them to the bog garden to see how they do for the summer there! :D

I bought three Begonias today, I put one in the pot from my houseplant type palm tree, which I re-potted along with re-potting one of my dwarf bananas in the pot my date palms were in. :)

Joined: 2009-08-07
Gotta Relax Sometime!

... no point in getting dull from overwork as it makes it hard to either appreciate the fruits of your labor, or have time to imagine up some new stuff :)

It's haying time here. I love the smell even tho' I'm allergic to it!! Saw a field ready for baling the day before the rain ... hope they made it before it got ruined!! Since summers in my youth were spent in haying and fencing, I naturally got a little antsy to get to it even though it wasn't our field ... weird :puzzled:

Joined: 2009-08-07
Where you putting it Larry

Where are you putting all the earth (dirt) you are digging out for the root cellar. I was thinking of going on Google to see if there was a new mountain in your neighbouhood. Seriously what are you doing with it.
Perhaps you could give it to Redmink, sure she could find a use for it.
Give all your troubles to God before you go to bed. He will be up all night anyway.

Joined: 2009-08-07
I'm afraid I need it all myself!

Much of my place is an improperly reclaimed gravel pit,,,,as in they left it in the uncovered pit stage when they were done getting gravel out of the pit!

When I get through getting the bog garden made, I'll have plenty more places to put it!

Joined: 2009-08-07
RE: Dirt.

Now Colin, play nice!!

And I just got done giving you a compliment in the topic "Planting by the moon phases" :tongue:

Jibe away my friend!!! A good garden needs ALL its varieties.

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