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Re: Beetles and Books

        Those Bambis can be a pain in the plants, can't they? Today, I had a
small group of elk spend the day in the back yard. About seven cows and 5
calves between them.
         I caught one calf standing on the middle of my 4x4 raised bed. I
spoke sharply to him and his mother from the deck and they finally moved
away. I did not dare approach the young one because the mothers are very
protective and will charge.
         I have tried to protect this new garden. One day, I found all the
plants flattened under their Wall 'o' Waters because an elk stumbled through
the bed. Another day, the green garden netting used to protect the bed was
caught on a bush about 50 feet away where something had finally untangled
itself from it. I stopped using the net because I was afraid that a calf
would get entangled and not be able to free itself. So today the beasts ate
my brocolli, pepper, and a Walla Walla onion before I could speak sharply to
her again. The Cute Vermin!!!

Evergreen CO
Sunny high 80's
----- Original Message -----
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2003 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Beetles and Books

> After reading the book, I even felt benevolent towards cockroaches (as
> long as they stay outside the house!). Grissell admits that even he has
> a problem with mosquitos, but acknowledges they are a food source for
> many predators. I try to keep insecticide use to an absolute minimum,
> but today I did spray the damaged (Bambi cleaning antlers) trunk of a
> young tulip tree to minimize opportunistic insects. Would hate to lose
> a tree I planted myself.
> Cathy
> On Sunday, July 20, 2003, at 08:11 PM, Kitty wrote:
> > Cathy,
> > I have this book, alas another I've not sat down to read, but I do
> > want to
> > get to it one of these days.  I read an excerpt when it first came out
> > and
> > agree wholeheartedly.
> >
> > I've recently noticed an actor in a commercial pushing a lawn
> > insecticide
> > that kills grubs and ants.  I understand the presence of grubs should
> > minimized in lawns and I understand the damage some ants like
> > carpenter ants
> > can do to a house and certain ants in particular parts of the country
> > like
> > fire ants posing a problem.  But just generally ants?  Why are ants
> > such a
> > problem for a lawn?  And don't they provide some benefit?  Why do these
> > people want to sterilize our world?
> >
> > Kitty
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