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RE: now west nile, was fire


Is there any place in the veggie garden that collects water?  Even a little
will provide a place for mosquitos to hatch.  I use a lot of those little
donut things...in my porch saucers, holes in trees, rain barrel, water
catcher under faucet, etc.  It seems to help.


> [Original Message]
> From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 8/26/2006 11:54:24 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] now west nile, was fire
>
> Donna, do you have any inviting plants/shrubs nearby so that birds might
> attack that problem in your veggie area?  I know your food garden needs a
> lot of sun, but perhaps it is a lack of cover for the birds.  Just a
> thought....
>
> We seem to have fewer mosquitoes in areas near trees (which is most of the
> yard!) and a few more in the open areas (away from trees and shrubs.)  I
> always thought it was because the birds keep the insect population down
> where there is close cover for them to hide from their predators.  I don't
> often see our "home grown bird population" out in the open, but usually
> under the cover of a tree canopy.  Of course, this is only an anecdotal
> observation.  I also seem to have a healthy population of spiders from the
> number of elaborate webs I find.
>
> The fish /frogs, etc. in your pond and the moving water there help keep
the
> mosquitoes at bay there.
>
> Do you have any areas of standing/stagnant water in your veggie garden?
> Perhaps frequent watering has provided a pooled water area that is a
> breeding ground in your veggie garden?  Does the ground there drain well?
>
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf
> Of Donna
> Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 11:31 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] now west nile, was fire
>
> Have no idea why- seems I only get maybe one or two mosquito bites in
prime
> early/late times while in my entire yard, even if just sitting on the
patio
> off the screen house or on the swing under the trees....
>
>  
> but cross that gate into the veggie garden and within 5 minutes, you have
> dozens of bites and are swating away...
>  
> Drives me nuts! From the swing under the tree to the veggie garden is less
> than ten feet.....sigh. open that gate and they attack- and it isn't a
solid
> fence- it is a chain link type.
>
>  
> Donna
>
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Theresa W. <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 10:04:17 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] now west nile, was fire
>
>
> They've done ariel spraying here- which seems like major overkill to me. 
We
> really don't have very many mosquitos at all here-  nothing like when I
> lived in western NY state.  While West Nile can cause problems, the
majority
> of people who are exposed do not have any noticable impact.  The reality
is
> more of us than we realize have already been exposed, but since we didn't
> die- you don't hear about it.  Wonder why your veggie garden has more
> mosquitos than anywhere else in your yard?
> Theresa
>
> Donna wrote:
> > Speaking of West Nile.... I am a bit concerned about it.
> >  
> > Heard on the news that an elderly man who lives less than 10 miles 
> > from me died from it last week. I then found out it was a driver who 
> > happens to come into our store on a regular basis. That was upseting 
> > as he was a nice retired guy who worked part time to make ends meet 
> > and have something to do....
> >
> >  
> > So I am thinking, crap, I am in alot of the same areas he was. 
> > Although I don't have many mosquitos in my yard (not sure why, 
> > everyone else
> > does- birds pond?) weird but, I do in my veggie garden.
> >
> >  
> > I CAN'T use bug spray as it causes an asthma attack for me. I about 
> > had one when the village decided to spray off the back of a truck - 
> > who knows what they were spraying and the village hasn't gotten back 
> > to me, Yes I did inquire as I was worried about my veggie garden and 
> > pond. Of course, no one knows nothing... sigh. It was approved by the 
> > county, as they are doing all the towns around here. So I am thinking 
> > there is more around here then they are letting on too.....
> >
> >  
> > Donna
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: Bonnie Holmes <holmesbm@usit.net>
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 8:18:34 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] fire
> >
> >
> > Also, read in today's paper that Idaho has the highest reports of West 
> > Nile Fever...protect yourself.
> >
> >
> >   
> >> [Original Message]
> >> From: Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Date: 8/26/2006 7:10:17 AM
> >> Subject: Re: [CHAT] fire
> >>
> >> Actually, I hadn't heard..... glad to hear you are safe and the air 
> >> is
> >>     
> > clearing.... 
> >   
> >>  
> >> Donna
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message ----
> >> From: Judy Browning <judylee@lewiston.com>
> >> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >> Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 10:51:27 PM
> >> Subject: [CHAT] fire
> >>
> >>
> >> You may have read about the many fires near here in eastern 
> >> Washington and northern Idaho. We had some cooler weather and more 
> >> humidity yesterday & a dramatic wind shift today. The smoke is mostly 
> >> gone & I'm hopeful they're controlled. The past few days visibility 
> >> has been 1/2 mile or so, ash
> >>     
> > falling
> >   
> >> and acid smoky smell pervading everything. Tough on folks with asthma 
> >> and irritating to healthier people.
> >> Tonight we went for a walk and could see blue sky & rain clouds with 
> >> just
> >>     
> > a
> >   
> >> bit of smoke to make a beautiful sunset and breathable air. I might 
> >> be
> >>     
> > able to
> >   
> >> open up the house early in the morning.
> >> Judy B
> >> z 6 Idaho
> >>
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