Learned to replace my mason bee house tubes & checked suet stations before the rain came…

It's a bit frustrating when you think you're doing something good in the yard for the wildlife, only to maybe be making things worse because there's a lot you don't know. Makes me shudder to think of folks who buy the bee houses from the dollar store--half the holes aren't even drilled out properly and … Continue reading Learned to replace my mason bee house tubes & checked suet stations before the rain came…

Q#160: Which is a better squirrel & critter deterrent: sound, light, or water?

I'd been thinking about this a while, after finding one of my corn stalks knocked over the other day. I'm annoyed as all hell and while I'd like to expand on getting lots of corn in the coming years (I'm dreaming of some of the varieties I'm planting), it's not gonna do a lick of … Continue reading Q#160: Which is a better squirrel & critter deterrent: sound, light, or water?

April was all about gardening & trees & bees. I wonder what May’s going to bring now.

Today I kept thinking about that little silly rhyme about the weather: "April showers bring May flowers." Well, with today's heavy rain this morning (and more predicted for tomorrow), it's not quite accurate. But then again, welcome to southeast Texas. We just had some minor spats of rain, maybe an hour or two here or … Continue reading April was all about gardening & trees & bees. I wonder what May’s going to bring now.

A defense for not cleaning my sliding glass door so often…

And it's not just laziness. Seriously, when you've got dogs that insist on pressing their noses against the thing or fogging it up with their breath while waiting to go outside--or both--then it takes some doing having to scrub all that slobbery mess off after the sun's baked it on for a couple of days. … Continue reading A defense for not cleaning my sliding glass door so often…

My Garden Weekend: saving time & running ragged all at once.

I'm still trying to figure out this weekend and what all I got done or could do. Then again, intense sleep depravation doesn't help recollections all that well. I just hope I got enough done that I can look at in the morning and be satisfied, and come up with a fair-weather plan for the … Continue reading My Garden Weekend: saving time & running ragged all at once.

Humane Critter Control: The guide to natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard & garden, by Theresa Rooney

My Copy: 9781591866961 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit, after watching my watermelons disappear and my red noodle beans end up with those weird orange bugs crawling all over them, and me basically giving up til next season... let's just say this book came at the right time. Humane Critter Control is not a thick … Continue reading Humane Critter Control: The guide to natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard & garden, by Theresa Rooney

Keeping a Step Ahead of an Escape-Artist Dog in the Sticks

I'm just glad I wasn't yawning so much today (dunno why I can't stop and am so tired) that I couldn't see what was going on. My retriever-mix is an opportunist of epic proportions, especially when it comes to getting outside the door and into the wider world. There's a reason I have to bathe … Continue reading Keeping a Step Ahead of an Escape-Artist Dog in the Sticks