Category Archives: Pests

Good bug bad bug

This looks like it could be a type of lady bug, but could be some devastating pest that needs to be killed–not sure.

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Better than coffee for waking up

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I got this picture after dry heaving for 10 minutes while waiting for Boomer to call me to tell me what to do.  I first discovered his gross guy when I put my hand 5 inches from his face to put feed down for the chickens.

I was too afraid to scare him off by myself.  I had Boomer call our neighbor to come out with a gun.  He had a gun, a rake and a stick.  He ran him off…still makes me want to puke.

Mantis

When I was out picking peppers, I found this guy in there.  I didn’t know mantis’ (sp?) had wings.  Glad he is there.  Also glad I noticed him before I grabbed up the pepper under him.

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Jerkweed

Still don’t know what this weed is called, but I decided the best way to take care of it is to just pull it.  So double and triple up the gloves and pull away.  The root looks like a turnip and there are these thorny, sticky clusters of pain.

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My plan now is to pull them out before Boomer mows.

 

Dear Deer…GET OUT

It is a daily ritual when I let out the chickens out, I check the garden. For days, weeks even, I would walk up to the house with a shirt full of food. That all stopped when the deer found the garden.

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After topping tomatoes and eating the future flowers, they finally discovered the cucumbers.

Between the deer and the rain, this has been a tough year. With it being our first year, it makes me really think about what I need to do better next year. More flowers and plants that are a natural deterrent to pests like deer. Maybe put more gardens in upfront, since it would be closer to the house. And if all else fails, a gun and a permit.

Yarn and hair

We can’t put up a fence now. 8 feet of deer fence would be something we add next year. I don’t know how much we will merge the two gardens add another. So with the rainy week we will be having I am gonna try a few things. Today, yarn and hair to deter the deer.

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Cayenne pepper, dial soap, urine (human or other wise) castor oil, egg white and garlic, moth balls will also be choices. I just want to do any of the natural options before we go out and buy chemicals.