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Re: Re: Re: newspaper and squirrels


Really?? Wow. Smart and/or determined little critters. How funny. I
finally have the big birder feeder in a place where the little vultures
can't dive into it. I put a smaller one w/ a pitched roof on the old
pole and their first few attempts to raid it were met w/ ignominious
defeat. They fell flat on their little faces. I admit I laughed.


Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Andrea H
Sent: 4/13/2004 7:24:39 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] newspaper and squirrels

> She did! They got under the mulch to it. We did have a good laugh about it
> though.
> A
> Andrea H
> Beaufort, SC
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 9:58 PM
> Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] newspaper and squirrels
> 
> 
> > Tell Claudia you have to cover the papers w/ compost or garden scraps or
> > something. Mine got into it too before I was done. Goofy things!
> >
> >
> > Pam Evans
> > Kemp, TX
> > zone 8A
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Andrea H
> > Sent: 4/12/2004 6:26:38 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] newspaper and squirrles
> >
> > > just a little tidbit on using newspapers for lasagna gardening.
> Apparently
> > > here, the squirrels love to shred freshly laid papers to use for their
> > > nests! My friend Claudia was starting a lasagna bed and now her yard
> looks
> > > like a trash heap. LOL! She said, I think I'll wait until the nests are
> > > built before I attempt this again.
> > >
> > > A
> > >
> > > Andrea H
> > > Beaufort, SC
> > >
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > > From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 11:23 AM
> > > Subject: [CHAT] newspaper and - or straw
> > >
> > >
> > > > Melody,
> > > > Your new bed success brings to mind a qstn I have for lasagna
> gardening
> > > > devotees:
> > > >
> > > > Last year (early summer)  I tried 2 ideas advocated on Chat.  I tried
> the
> > > > newspaper under soil for a new bed.  Well, after digging in there the
> > > other
> > > > day I found I could still read the newspaper - does this seem right?
> > > >
> > > > Also, Gene and others suggested shredding up my excess straw from
> > > > overwintering and lay that in an area for a new bed and cover with
> soil.
> > > It
> > > > is still straw under there.  How long does it take to at least start
> > > > breaking down?
> > > >
> > > > Am I missing something or am I just impatient?
> > > >
> > > > Kitty
> > > >
> > > > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > > > From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
> > > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > > Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 12:47 AM
> > > > Subject: [CHAT] Late Easter Greetings and catch-up
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > Dear gardening friends: Hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We
> spent at
> > > > > least a portion of Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at church
> > > > > celebrating this most Holy of seasons...I especially love our Easter
> > > > > Vigil service, done by candlelight...so beautiful. Easter day was
> spent
> > > > > in the garden once we got home from Mass...the weather was
> absolutely
> > > > > perfect for working outside. The peppermint/spearmint dig up is
> about
> > > > > half done after two weekends of hard work. We have decided that the
> only
> > > > > way to get rid of most of it is to completely spade up every square
> inch
> > > > > of soil in the garden down to a depth of at least 8-10 inches and
> then
> > > > > with a hand rake sort it all out for roots/pieces. Arduous and time
> > > > > consuming but it seems the only real way to get the stuff out. I do
> have
> > > > > a happy observation to report for the group though...this particular
> > > > > garden bed is the former site of a large (90') pine that several
> years
> > > > > ago was ripped out of the ground by its roots during a severe wind
> > > > > storm. The lost tree left a staggeringly massive hole in the ground
> and
> > > > > we had it filled in with a large dumptruck-full of "fill dirt" which
> > > > > turned out to be this horrible clay stuff. At the time we originally
> did
> > > > > this bed,about six years ago, we amended the clay as much as we
> could
> > > > > with vermiculite and compost burr (lots and lots of each) and at the
> > > > > time it did not seem to help. We then covered it over with
> landscaping
> > > > > cloth, planted it, and mulched. To my utter amazement, this entire
> bed
> > > > > is now filled with a beautiful, rich black soil, ripe with the
> hugest
> > > > > nightcrawlers you'd ever want to see. I guess I had assumed that
> this
> > > > > bed would always be full of clay, so how come it's not? I mean, I
> know
> > > > > the earthworms are hard workers, but doesn't that seem like an awful
> lot
> > > > > of work for only six years? Nature never ceases to amaze me. One of
> the
> > > > > benefits of hand digging out all this mint is that I have been able
> to
> > > > > save all my gaura, purple coneflowers, and blue flax and replant it
> in
> > > > > the clean parts of the bed as we go, so it's sort
> > > > >
> > > > > of a revision project too. The blue flax started as three little
> plants
> > > > > I received from the kids for mother's day about 5 years ago and now
> are
> > > > > dozens of plants everywhere...yippee! This is one of my favorites.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > BTW, Moses the cat is still around...no luck yet finding a home for
> him
> > > > > but he seems utterly content where he is...he has now moved his
> sleeping
> > > > > quarters to my compost heap area and has found himself a shelter
> behind
> > > > > a piece of scrap plywood that leans up against the garage. Today
> while I
> > > > > was resting my back a little and enjoying laying in the grass flat
> on my
> > > > > back with my feet propped up on a nearby rock, here he comes and
> plops
> > > > > down beside me, rolls over on his back and meows...he apparently
> likes
> > > > > to have his tummy rubbed. I noticed he has a little sore on one of
> his
> > > > > rear paws, so I figure tomorrow I'll probably load him up and take
> him
> > > > > to the vet as it looks red and very painful. I take it this is the
> > > > > beginning of the end, isn't it? Arrgh........I'm such a sucker! :-)
> We
> > > > > never stood a chance, did we? My husband doesn't mind him sticking
> > > > > around as long as he remains an outdoor only cat...and that is a
> huge
> > > > > commitment for a man who says he doesn't want any more animals at
> all.
> > > > > The sage continues...
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Also, I heard from Janice, Tony's wife, today...Easter greetings and
> to
> > > > > let us know she continues to miss him but is doing okay. :-)
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> > > > >
> > > > > "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> > > > > --Albert Einstein
> > > > >
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