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Post  TNGeezer on 4/21/2017, 10:00 am

I am running several days late due to an inability to work for more than 5 to 10 minutes in the garden.

This AM, I uprooted 4 volunteer tomatoes from the community garden and brought them home to transplant in the home garden.  I have no idea what I have planted, so it will be a surprise for us all, as well as the hungry squirrels.

I planted them in the 4 middle squares of what was going to be the 3 sisters garden before Turan advised me about corn in Mel's Mix needing staking.  I will now plant some form of squash on the outer corners as an attempt to discourage the squirrels and chipmunks from getting to them before they are ready to pick.



I have some little weeds peeking through the eggshells and coffee grounds, and I picked a couple hands full, and then the intense pain returned, so I am back on the couch with an ice pack on my shoulder.

I saw that some of the corn has already come up, but I didn't take a picture.  When I feel a bit better in a couple hours, I will go out and snap a picture if the weather allows.  Severe thunderstorms are on the way.
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Post  TNGeezer on 4/21/2017, 10:37 am

Here is a pic of one of the corn seedlings that have emerged.  I counted 88 of the 116 planted that have emerged.



And, here is my current quick hot compost.  This was made with grass clippings, old compost, kitchen waste, and the 3 "secret" ingredients of organic light brown sugar, brewer's yeast, and alfalfa meal.

This is on Day 16.  Normally, it would have been complete two days ago, but I have not been able to turn it over every 2 days due to my shoulder issues.

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Post  trolleydriver on 4/21/2017, 11:11 am

Nicely done Geezer.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/21/2017, 12:28 pm

Nice corn.  Raccoons eat my corn whenever I plant it. Mad
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Post  TNGeezer on 4/21/2017, 5:48 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Nice corn.  Raccoons eat my corn whenever I plant it. Mad

They did the same to ours the last time we planted it, but we are hoping that the squash surrounding the corn will deter them enough to leave some for us.  I have been given a recommendation to get dry dog food and serve large amounts in the woods just above our backyard, and the raccoons might get their fill of continual dinner every night and leave the corn alone.

I have also been told that this might increase our raccoon population in the area from 6 to 60.
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Post  CapeCoddess Yesterday at 11:03 am

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I have also been told that this might increase our raccoon population in the area from 6 to 60.

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Post  countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:24 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:Nice corn.  Raccoons eat my corn whenever I plant it. Mad
Really? We have an occasional raccoon come to visit. Fingers crossed it likes cat food better (we always leave some out for the outside cats).
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Post  TNGeezer Yesterday at 3:23 pm

Unlike the raccoons of two decades ago, our raccoons in this area tend to carry canine distemper.  The raccoons of the 1980s and 1990s were basically very healthy, and our county at the time had gone years without a rabies case.

So, we really do not want them sticking around, but it is virtually impossible to drive them away.  They are not afraid of the coyotes or bobcats, and the wimpy dogs on our block seem to be scared of them.

I am trying to create a stay away essential oil spray for the garden that will make the raccoons not care for the corn.
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Post  Turan Today at 12:22 am

A neighbor puts up a simple electric fence.
I have 2 dogs, one of whom has a vendetta against raccoons and has killed many.

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