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RE: Marching towards spring

We have been riding in national forest/park areas, no chickens to be
seen. Plenty of ticks apparently. There aren't any at my house; I think
(but I'm not sure) that even if we didn't kill them off they would not
be able to reproduce. I don't know why that is but no one I know has
ever seen them here on the valley floor and yet there are lots in the
hills around us. Same for fleas, we have never had them and no one I
know has ever had them on their pets. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Bonnie Holmes
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 12:37 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Marching towards spring

Hmmm...and, I thought chickens would eat ticks.

Bonnie Zone 7/7 ETN
Remember:  The River Raisin, The Alamo, The Maine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11

> [Original Message]
> From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 3/20/2007 12:04:44 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Marching towards spring
> We are back to "normal" spring weather - if there is normal any more -

> it's cool, windy, and cloudy. I doubt we'll get rain but my fingers 
> are crossed, anything would help.
> I did more pruning back the dead stuff in the dry garden on Saturday.
> Sheesh there's a lot of that. I have seen a very few living parts on 
> the bigger salvias, I think those are all salvia clevelandii, mostly 
> near the bottom of the plant and in one case on the end of a branch 
> that had been buried by a gopher mound. I am not sure if they will 
> come back from the roots or not, so I left them about a foot tall and 
> I'll call Theodore Payne nursery today for advice. I didn't have time 
> to do all of them so just in case the nursery screams at me "Don't 
> touch them!" I'll still have half left alone. However what I cut off 
> was really dead, crunchy brittle dead, and I don't think there are 
> plant zombies; so I'm pretty sure pruning was okay.
> Husband rototilled the entire veggie garden. In one bed where I had 
> left the leaky hose attached it must have been getting water, nice 
> moist dirt. We pulled at least a hundred june bug larvae out of there.

> EEUUWW although the chickens were happy about it. No kidding there 
> were quarts of them, I don't remember seeing that many June bugs
around last year.
> Makes me wonder what's in all the other beds, maybe they are lurking 
> farther down in the soil. And I let the chickens out all winter, they 
> are supposed to take care of that sort of thing, what's wrong with
> Anyway I sowed the green beans; I meant to get more stuff in but I ran

> out of time. We did fill up the dumpster with debris though. This is 
> becoming our standard for a successful weekend - if we fill up the 
> dumpster we know we've worked enough. :-) No gardening on Sunday, we 
> took the horses out. Nice ride, too bad about the dry winter, the 
> hills would have been covered by wildflowers in a wetter year. Oh 
> well. And despite my sister telling us "Oh I never see ticks around 
> this area" there were plenty of them. I must say this whole horse 
> thing has me learning about some stuff that I never really wanted to 
> know, like ticks. But we do have fun. It was great weather and I only 
> wish I'd thought to put sunscreen on my arms and not just my face.
> Next weekend more garden maintenance. I know we have at least two 
> broken sprinklers, and then there's more pruning.
> Cyndi
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