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  • in reply to: What's Your Opinion ?? #5398214 Report Abuse
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    I would leave them. Mine have a much heftier all green stem and only bloom in the spring and then they are done. No more flowers the rest of the year. They smell wonderful but don’t last all summer.

    I dug a bunch from a road ditch out home and it took forever to get going in my flower bed. Last year it was finally big enough to finally have a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I came out and almost all of the flowers were gone. The bed is right by the sidewalk and it looked like someone took a KNIFE and just cut the whole bunch off. You would have to step into the bed to cut them off. I was ticked!!!! DH said a rabbit probably ate them. I doubt a rabbit would eat each stem exactly the same; I have never had anything plantwise eaten, only bulbs.


    in reply to: Mystery Monday (04/20/2015): Can You ID Me? #5398208 Report Abuse
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    Is it a vinca?


    in reply to: Pineapple Lilies…. #5397985 Report Abuse
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    I don’t think that these are too bad for price; you get 3 bulbs. I wouldn’t mind having that blue/purple one.


    in reply to: Well I got the garbage all ready, #5397881 Report Abuse
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    Nope, we put it out Tuesday night for a Wednesday morning pickup. I think they pick up garbage about 4 times a week. Each week is a different section of town.

    Resa now you don’t have to worry about getting it done. You can add to it now that it’s out.


    in reply to: TWO Vehicles in one day?? #5397754 Report Abuse
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    Hey, maybe Squirt and her dad can start by sanding the hood and spray painting it with canned paint. It would definitely be an improvement in the paint look. They could tape everything off to protect it from over spray, and just paint the hood. When you only have an $800 investment there is NO LOSS by trying to improve that hood.

    With Squirt’s artistic ability maybe she could create a stencil and put a pretty design or picture on the hood!!! That hood could be her canvas. Owww, did I open up a can of worms there! She could have her own rolling art gallery. LOL If she doesn’t like it when it’s done she can just paint over it. Maybe there are some boys that might want to paint it for her? This could be like graffiti art. She could start out by painting a board or paper for practice, and then later move it to the vehicle. She should check out some of the work that Count’s Kustoms do. They airbrush beautiful designs on cars. She could sand and tape her hood and then spray paint it. Gosh, that even sounds fun to me!


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    in reply to: Wish you all could have seen this car, geez. #5397750 Report Abuse
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    Maybe it was her home and she got evicted (had to move it). That would be really awful.


    in reply to: Midwest Report for Sunday, April 19, 2015 #5397744 Report Abuse
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    Okay, I’m back from church and stopping down at the cafe for dinner. This is what my bird feeding area looks like when most everything goes right. It’s comprised of three cow panels cut in half. Across the front is the old swing set from our kids. DH built the hinged door cage for feeding my birds and the tray that is underneath it. The feeders inside the cage are protected from squirrels chewing them up. The tray is hung by the old chains from the swing set. I can raise or lower it however I want.

    As you can see, in 2009, I had red morning glories that I planted and the purple is the volunteer self-seed from the year before. The neighbor’s garage is on the left side of the picture and her morning glories came up the same as mine, purple. I had very few morning glory seeds come up last year, so I’m planting some red again this year. This gives my birds protection from rain, sun, and the predators from above, plus the hummingbirds like them also. If it’s full enough, I can hang hummer feeders on the opposite sides of the flowers and then two males might eat at the same time because they can’t see each other. The sunflower was a volunteer also. DH is thinking about putting up a new garage and he wants to put it right next to/on top of the edge of where my feeders are. I’m not pleased, and will fight to keep my flowers/feeders.

    I have some new flowers to plant this year, so I’ll see what the weather poses.

    Marilyn, I had the pineapple lilies. I bought them as bulbs, but don’t remember where. One bloomed and one didn’t. I had the ones with the little green top. I totally forgot where they were planted and I think the pots got left outside this winter. I doubt they will come up this year. They somehow got in a pot that had dirt added to it last year and the flower part was at ground level and never really bloomed properly above ground. I should go out and dig up that pot and see what condition they are in. I had allium seed fall through the cracks of my deck and I now have about 4 bulbs under my deck that are big enough to bloom. I think it’s been 3-4 years since that happened. I need to dig them up this year and move them. I think one of the ones that didn’t come up last year is coming up this year, so maybe they didn’t die last year.

    I took 1 Aleve PM last night before I went to bed and it didn’t help much. I just took 2 regular Aleve, so I hope it helps.

    Lair, I hope you have a great visit with family.

    Leroy & Snow, Praying for needed CALM rains for you both.

    Alma, Hope the GD is feeling better and you don’t catch anything. Hope you’re having a great visit.

    Carol, I know the swapping crap from car to car. I still don’t know how I had all this stuff in my other vehicle. So, have you had time to enjoy it yet? I’ve had 4 MEN tell me they like my car; even DH likes the looks of it. I did buy a seat cushion for the front seats as they’re hot and I’m not impressed with how it sits. Maybe in time it will soften up. It has heated seats but not air conditioned seats.

    Well I’m off to play in some dirt maybe. I just might put the squirrel trap out as I see someBODY was digging in my Hibiscus already. BRATS!!!! I counted 3 squirrels this morning but I know there are at least 6 that visit regular. They do clean up under the feeders, but I better get them moved before babies arrive. I still haven’t seen anything of my crocus in the cat litter bucket, so I might have to investigate them also.


    in reply to: Midwest Report for Sunday, April 19, 2015 #5397689 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, I didn’t do much yesterday. I hurt too much from the day before. My bird feeding area is approx 10×10 I used three cow panels to have morning glories climb on with echinacea to grow around the outside. I have some different morning glories this year. I planted red but the neighbor had the blue, so I ended up with purple. They grow about 15′ apart. The bees and hummingbirds mix and matched, so that’s how I got the purple. They’re pretty but not what I wanted.

    Oh, not watching the time, gotta go to church.


    in reply to: Well I done did bought the darn thing! LoL #5397378 Report Abuse
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    By the looks of this vehicle I would say your luck has changed. This is a nice looking vehicle all the way around.

    Squirts car is nice also. The paint issue isn’t totally from the sun. There were some years way back when the cars had bad primer paints/clear coats. We had a car like that and found out about a recall on the paint a year too late to get it fixed. It looks like the clear coat has peeled. I went and looked at it again and fixing that paint is more than any backyard DIYer would want to take on. Paint doesn’t affect how it drives.

     


    in reply to: slugs and bugs! #5397341 Report Abuse
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    In my book from Jerry Baker, ‘Great Green book of Garden Secrets’ he has a recipe. You have already heard about beer but his recipe is: 1 can of beer, 1 Tbs. of sugar, and 1 tsp. of baker’s yeast. It said to mix it all together and let it sit for a couple days. Then he said to put it into disposable aluminum pie pans and put so they are ground level. I’ve never tried this but why wait, put it out right after you make it. With the beer, yeast, combo it ought to make quite a mix.

    One person mentioned the expense of beer. She had used it and it worked great but was there something cheaper and he said use regular grape juice. I’m figuring he meant a good quality grape juice not grape drink.

    Another thing he mentioned and I don’t think any of us have many of these but he said not to throw away the used sandpaper discs. He said to cut up to the middle and then slip the disc around the stem of the plant. (not really feasible in my opinion) The slugs don’t want to crawl across the sand in the sand paper. My thought was, “If it’s a used disc, there isn’t going to be much sand left on it.

    If you want to kill slugs that can’t be picked off and aren’t on food maybe get yourself a sprayer bottle that can stream. Mix 1/3 ammonia and 2/3 cool tap water. Any time you see a slug give him a blast.

    His recipe for Slug spray for misting areas where you think slugs might be crawling: 1 1/c cup ammonia, 1 Tbs. Murphy’s Oil Soap, 1 1/2 cup water. Mix all together in a sprayer bottle and overspray any areas where you see signs of slug activity.

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    Use crumpled aluminum foil. I guess it’s suppose to work like copper and collects and electrical charge?

    Crushed up pistachio nut shells. You’re going to have to eat a lot of health pistachios nuts to get enough shells to do any good.

    I saw many times to go out after dark and look for them. Use a toothpick to flick them into soapy water. I also saw to lay old newspaper down on the ground or old boards where they are crawling around. Dampen the newspaper or the board and then leave it overnight. The next day go back and lift it up. This is where slugs go to get out of the heat and light. You just remove them in the mentioned method and lay the paper or board down again. I guess you would call it the slug motel. They come to sleep and you don’t let them wake up.

    Upside down citrus shell (grapefruit, orange, lemon) was another suggestion. Cut a little snail doorway, and put out in the garden. They crawl under them at night and you get rid of them in the morning. You pitch the shell in the morning with them in it, or just them each morning. Replace with new when you need to.

    I would guess you could buy sheets of sandpaper, but that might get expensive.

    I saw one where you mixed warm water, honey, and yeast and put that out just like you would beer, same method. This was for people that don’t have beer around.

    Happy slug hunting.


    in reply to: Friday in the Midwest April 17 #5397003 Report Abuse
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    Hi All, My butt is dragging. I had to redo the plastic under my bird feeders. I may be trapping some squirrels! They had ripped and dug holes in my plastic. I had a 100′ roll of 4′ wide 4 mil black plastic to do this job. I had the one side done and went to do the second side and only had enough to cover half of it. CRAP!!! I had to stop everything to go get more black plastic. Couldn’t get the same size roll, but did get what I needed; a folded 10′ by 25′ piece and it was enough to finish this job. This is my 4th spring of doing this. I have always left the old in place and this year I put down an extra layer to make a double layer in the middle where the squirrels like to dig. If I see anyone digging I will be sending them on a permanent vacation to the other side of town. DH got me a live trap for my birthday in 2009. In two summers I removed almost 40 squirrels. I haven’t had a problem since 2010; maybe it’s time to get rid of some again. Here is what I did today. Now I can easily sweep up the sunflower hulls again.

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    in reply to: Welcome to Kelly Hay #5396982 Report Abuse
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    Hi from the extreme NE corner of Iowa. I’m only 19 miles from the Mississippi River one way and I’m about 19 miles east of the nest for the Decorah Eagle cam.

    http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

     

     


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    Nothing wrong with that car. When a kid starts out with a car like this they learn to appreciate just having transportation.

    We made both of our kids take out a loan and pay for their own cars. We co-signed and picked up the tab for all the other bills. They had to start a checking account when they took out the loan. We had our name on that as well. They learned to write checks and had to keep the checkbook balanced. They had to deposit their paychecks in order to make a car payment. DD got her $3K loan for 3 yrs. with tiny payments just in case she lost her job. Her payments were $90/month. She made double payments each month and had it paid off BEFORE she went to college. The best part of a kid taking out a loan, it establishes THEIR OWN credit rating. Down the line when DD wanted to buy a brand new car on her own, she had a fantastic credit rating, and no problem getting the loan. DS didn’t borrow as much, but also paid it off early, and bought a newer car. They both appreciate being able to buy their own stuff now with good credit. DD and DS have both bought homes, so establishing good credit will be a plus 10 years down the line. We also stressed “saving for a rainy day;” you might get hurt and can’t work, ruin a tire, speeding tickets, stuff you don’t plan for.

    I don’t know what Minn. laws are but our name had to be first on the title, and they had to be covered under our insurance policy. They couldn’t take out a policy in their own name. We have State Farm and we got good student discounts because of their grades and driving records. Bryan got a speeding ticket in college and there went the discount!

    We were so ahead of our time. Our school is now doing the “Life Skills 101″ for the area seniors. The senior chooses a career and researches the pay scale in this area. Then they turn in their information and the coordinators create their life. They could be married, single, divorced, children (child support). They had to open a bank account and then had to buy a house and had to finance a mortgage and everything that goes with that, pay the different kinds of taxes, buy a vehicle and deal with all the expenses of that; take out all the different kinds of insurances- home, car, health; pay utilities and food. Then they had roving police that randomly handed out speeding ticket which they apparently did a lot of. They had another person hand out all sorts of unforeseen health and life dilemmas. They even had to deal with vet bills. They had to visit every single booth and I think there were 30 of them. They COULD NOT leave the event until they balanced their checkbooks and could PROVE they had a positive balance. If they had a negative balance they had to work with another person to figure out a way to get them out of debt. Can you imagine a 100+ kids doing this? Heck, adults freak out over this stuff!

    Teach her early, so she’s ready for “LIFE”; she already sees how unforeseen things have happened in her own home. Include her in these things and let her help figure out how to get through them. She’s gonna be going off to college before you know it and it’s rough out there. I heard the stories from my kids about their roommates and friends that came to college and couldn’t even wash their own clothes, couldn’t cook, couldn’t balance a checkbook.


    in reply to: it finally happened #5396871 Report Abuse
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    I watch the Kilcher’s cams: Alaska, The Last Frontier. They live 10 miles from Homer, Alaska. They went most of the winter with no snow and 40s and 50s for temps. The past week they have been getting snow and rain. It snows, melts; next day it snows and melts; rains, snow, melts; it’s just crazy. If you need the moisture I guess you take it however it comes, wet or hard and formed.

    Cal, We hear about the drought here in Iowa. This past winter we didn’t have near as much snow as we usually do. It was really spotty. I live in the extreme NE corner of Iowa and we got 12″ in one snow and that lasted for about a month. We were only getting a couple inches at a time. We went for a drive one Sunday and the further south we went the less snow there was to the point of no snow. We were along the Mississippi River, in the middle of the state, and a little less than 2 hrs. from home. Just a few days after that trip it got up into the 70s and it was all gone. I can never plant anything before the middle of May due to frost and freezing temps. sneaking in. I’ve been burned on several occasions planting the beginning of May. I’ve even had perennials get frozen off by freak cold snaps. It’s Iowa, wait a few minutes/days, and the weather will change.


    in reply to: I'm Back Up And Running!! #5396367 Report Abuse
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    Now write it all down before you forget.


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