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Re: tomato disease

  • Subject: Re: tomato disease
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 21:49:05 EDT

Kitty, I was not offended.  I just realized that we have different 
on the matter.  I, too enjoy wildlife, and am constantly amazed at the 
of wildlife we have here in the midst of suburban sprawl less than 40 miles 
from Manhattan and in a densly populated area of the country.  But it seems
that the deer get more agressive each year - they have eaten things in the
past year that they never touched before, and this year even my weekly 
spraying of DeerOff and DeerSolution has not sufficed.  This week they 
ate the container-grown plants on my doorstep even though they had been
sprayed. Squirrels are becoming a major problem with our bird-feeders.
I know all the arguments against feeding birds, but we do enjoy watching
them so much that we indulge ourselves.  We spend an inordinate amount
of money on suet cakes for the woodpeckers and sunflower hearts for the
goldfinches and others, but the squirrels have become so aggressive that
they eat more than the birds.  Chet has purchased a shield to cover the
tube-feeder, but some of the squirrels have managed to climb up through
my hanging baskets of tomatoes and stretch across to the feeder - doing
damage to the tomatoes at the same time.  We have to bring in the bird-food
at dark each night because of the raccoons.  A couple of nights ago Chet
forgot to go for the bird-food until about 10:00 and found that by that time
not only had the suet cake been pulled up onto the roof and devoured, but
the humming-bird feeder had been pulled down and broken.  It's just 
depressing that I can't seem to keep ahead of the damage.  
  I am really a nature-lover, but there has to be a place for me in the 
environment, too, and it seems harder and harder to maintain it.

In a message dated 7/3/2009 6:12:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:

Auralie, I am sorry for "scolding" you, but that was not my intention.  I 
try to show different points of view when I write.  I try to suggest 
alternative ideas and include reasons why they might be employed.  Although 
I do notice that I sometimes take a negative approach to many things in 
life, I usually try to take the half FULL glass approach when it comes to 
gardening.  It is my refuge, so when adverse conditions arise, I look for a 
silver lining.  I enjoy any bit of wildlife that enters my sanctum, even 
when they cause me trouble, because I know they have few other places to 
turn.  I do know you have a much more difficult wildlife situation than I 
do, but it sounds similar to what Marge endured, and she found ways to live 
with it and lift her spirits.  Rather than scolding you, I wanted to help 
you look at things the way she did.

Regardless of my intentions, it is clear that I've offended you and I do 
apologize for that.

I have a lot of chippies myself this year but Seamus seems to be helping 
with that; I find a chipmunk tail here and there every once in awhile.  The 
tail must have less flavor than the rest of it.  But still I have certain 
areas that they destroy. The main spot is in a raised bed that is built up 
with rocks.  I kept plugging the holes with soil, mulch, rocks, but they'd 
always find a way through it or around it.  A few weeks ago I found the 
cure.  Scoopable litter patties. I scooped the round moistened pattie of 
litter from the pan, dropped it into a baggie and went out to that spot. 
Turned the bag inside out, plopping the pattie over the hole.  I nudged 
another into the rock entryway.  The chippies haven't gone near that bed 
ever since.  I froze a pattie to take to a friend to try as she has a 
terrible time with them.  If it works for her, I may have to start up a 
little side  business.  Although I'm not sure if I can get my guys to 
increase production by much.

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