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Anybody getting their gardens ready?

I've been tilling my gardens most of the day.

Getting ready to plant several kinds of beans/peas, tomatoes, peppers, some herbs, sunflowers, radishes, cucumbers, watermelons, muscadines...

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too darn many

this year I'm going to get a net to put over the trees. I decided I wouldn't let them have the last peach last year, so I picked it, but it wasn't even close to ripe. bummer.

Of course I ate it..

If I brought it into the house to show it off, my son would have wanted it so I ate it! I have a lot more coming, hopefully this weekend.

Hehe..

.. tell him to grow his own if he wants the first one. ;)

Lucky duck!

I'm about to eat homemade sketti chock full of fresh herbs from my herb garden... =)

Come'n y'all...

Quit talking about food..I'm doing a detox juice thing...and I'm starving!!
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Neener neener!

mmm, juice. ;)

~sprinkles some parmesan on his sketti...~

I hope you gain 10 pounds...

overnight...:)
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"I have once heard that the ability to resist temptation is the truest measure of a mans character."

Dustin Hoffman to Steve McQueen
"Papillion"

Burrrppp!

I'll work it off in my gardens. =P

I was in town replacing a few veggie plants

for the ones the aphids got, and there were 3 lonely ducklings beside me while cashing out. I had a weak moment, and now have 3 ducklings. Well, we do have a 6'x9' pond, and it looks empty. Hey, tell me please that if we get hungry enough we can eat them, right? I mean even though our last ducks we couldn't kill, and they lived long lives, we just weren't hungry enough, right? If we get hungry enough we could kill them to eat, right? Help me out here, folks. I mean we kill chickens to eat. I need a good reason for my husband when he comes home, besides the one that they eat all the black widows.

Which plants...

.. did the aphids get?

As far as the ducks, sounds like you have three new editions to the family. =)

The aphids got the cole vegetables mostly

and my jalapenos didn't grow, and neither did the eggplant, and I found some more peppermint, which someone covered over while digging, and i am trying a french tarragon.

Cole vegetables?

I have a few aphids on my tomato plants but from everything I've ever heard and read they don't do much harm. I brush them off now and then. The ants will herd them like cattle for the sugar that comes out of their butts.

These herbs and flowers are supposed to run aphids off:

garlic, chives, anise, coriander, nasturtiums, and petunias

Wonder what happened to your jalapenos and eggplants? =|

My sweet and bell pepper plants are going like gangbusters...

They were in my greenhouse, and I

think the aphids gave them a disease. The others I suspect died from lack of water as when I started them I broke both my arms, and my teenage daughter was watering them and seemed to think that every 3 days was enough. It wasn't.

I would name them Huey,

I would name them Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

Things are only impossible until they are not.
-- Jean Luc Picard

Or how Thomas, Benjamin, and Ron

for the patriots Jefferson, Franklin and Paul

Ducks love snails

I don't know if you have a problem with them in your garden where you live. Ducklings are so cute! Why would your husband mind, they pretty much take care of themselves right, and they will enjoy your pond. Have you named them yet?

If you name them...

it's going to mighty difficult to eat them!

That is exactly why

I asked the question if they were named yet, I was thinking about the little duckies futures.

Yeah, I know,

we got rabbits for meat once, and when they delivered their first batch of 6 babies, dad announced to the kids that they were NOT to be named before he went to work the morning they were born. But I knew that those kids had them ALL named by the end of the day. LOL . By the way, we never ate any of those rabbits. We eventually gave them to a rancher from our church, who one day brought chicken noodle stew to church, and it wasn't chicken, I could tell, so I suspect we DID eat some of the grandchildren.

Actually, he does like ducks,

and he was the one who got our last ones. But, he loves them so much he wouldn't kill them for meat (they were the meat kind). We don't really like their eggs, they're kind of tough and rubbery. My teenagers will name them I am sure within 5 minutes of seeing them. My chickens are free range, and seem to gravitate to the porch, which the ducks will do too, and they leave droppings, (the thing my husband isn't fond of). No, we are in a drought, havn't seen a snail since I lived in New England. But, they do eat black widows, they actually look for them under things and gobble them up.I would name one Ron Paul, but I am sure it will turn out to be a female. Our last bunch was named Clara, Sally, (both males), and Peyton Manning (obviously my son's duck, turned out to be a female.).

Try geese...

.. geese are ornery, cantankerous, not very personable at all and many times downright mean. It's almost a relief and sweet revenge to eat them... =P

Sounds like geese

may make be good for protection against intruders as well.

Yes, chickens

aren't hard to kill, either, because only a couple of them make themselves endearing.

Has anyone had a problem with starlings stealing ...

young plants? We put in spaghetti squash this year for the first time (a whim of mine) and have lost 7 out of 8 of those seedlings to starlings. We know that they are the culprits because we happened to see one using a freshly stolen plant top to use as nesting material. If you have had this problem with starlings before any advice to stop it would be greatly appreciated. We plant and depend on a large garden every year and can't afford to grow seedlings for nesting material. If spaghetti squash itself is the issue we would be willing to remove it to save the other plantings since the starlings have now begun to steal them also. We have always had starlings on our property but have never had trouble with them in our garden. Help???

"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win". --Mahatma Gandhi

"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win". --Mahatma Gandhi

I googled starlings...

.. and saw adjectives like "thieving", "greedy" and "gregarious".

Found a story about starlings stealing money from change machines and other assorted thievery.

Also, unfortunately, I found many links describing the starling's habit of eating seedlings not only in gardens but in commercial farm fields. Not sure there is much you can do about it except maybe start your plants indoors or buy plants past the seedling stage. =|

Starlings are supposedly in population decline and close to being put on the endangered/threatened list...

Thanks...

We do start all our plants indoors and then transfer them to the garden when they fit a 4" pot. Since I posted the question they have stolen a pattypan a musk melon a tomato and another spaghetti squash. I'm beside myself. Starlings in our yard are going to become endangered right quick if this keeps up. We really have to figure out something.

"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win". --Mahatma Gandhi

"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win". --Mahatma Gandhi

Try this...

I was reading a bit more about starling control and noticed many websites recommend using "scare eye" balloons which basically look like owl eyes.

Most outdoor stores sell fake owls specifically to scare certain pest animals away. Maybe go get you a fake owl or two and mount them on posts near the garden....

I found a site that carries bird repellent products...

for relatively low prices that I think I'll try. Here's the link for anyone interested.
http://www.arbico-organics.com/animal-bird-control.html

"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win". --Mahatma Gandhi

"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win". --Mahatma Gandhi

Here is another...

http://www.backyardstyle.com/pestcontrolsolutions.php

"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win". --Mahatma Gandhi

"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win". --Mahatma Gandhi