Can anyone tell me what this is and how to get rid of them? I found 4 of them eating my tomato's.
Commented on May 03, 2013
Wow, putting them in the compost is an idea, but what happens when you turn it? Or do you just
wait for a month and hope they're done changing? I was going to suggest feeding them to chickens. I like the idea of the circle of garlic protection, if it works. I know I've had to sacrifice some plants to caterpillars, but I enjoy the butterflies. The one thing I can't stand is the whiteflies that infest one plum tree, bastards are impossible to get rid of.
My kids tease me about my sense of smell. They say I am hypersensitive in this area. I will tell them to take out the trash because it reeks and they tell me they don't smell anything!
Ditto for cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, rinsing out dishrags. As I type this I am stringing things together and getting the feeling they have a selective sense of smell to go with selective hearing. Teenagers! Have you ever had a phantom smell in your house? Come on, admit it, I won't tell. You know what I mean. It is when you can smell something is funky somewhere in the house, but you can't find it. That is when you need me for a friend. I can find it.
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Commented on Mar 02, 2013
Well, I got a big bag of baking soda from Costco because it's so useful, and I have a giant
lavender bush, and I have cheesecl0th - all I need is essential oil. I guess that's why they call it "essential".
After years of staring at my plain white appliances, I got bored. And when I get bored, I get a little crazy. So I decided to paint them with one $10 pint of Rustoleum enamel paint in
Regal Red. It took three coats over a weekend, but they look amazing! I followed it up with some spray on poly to help protect it. It's been nearly a year and no chips yet. I used a silver paint pen to add my settings. What I should have done there was placed tracing paper over the knob prongs and meticulously copied my settings, because I left a lot out. Then I could have added a vinyl transfer or used a fine tip paint pen. I may scrape off the paint around the dials and redo it later down the line. Otherwise it was a cheap and easy update! More photos and details here http://www.killerbdesigns.com/10-appliance-m...
This is a "warning" post. I had planted a row of these about 4 years ago, with the intention of blocking out the neighbor behind us. Our 6 foot privacy fence, on a slope, was only about 5 feet in reality. True to their information, they do grow extremely fast and provide excellent privacy. Within 3 years they were about 15 feet tall.
Unfortunately, we spent last summer trying to exterminate them. The roots are VERY invasive. I found a
root up against our above ground pool, and my pool means much more to me than privacy. I didn't need roots poking up through the vinyl liner.
The way we got rid of them was to cut them down, and then spend the entire summer applying TORDON stump killer to the shoots. There were shoots everywhere, even 15 feet up into the yard, in every direction. The drought we had last year was a blessing in disguise for us, because it helped in preventing more roots, since they like water. Tordon works fantastically in immediately killing the shoot.
So, if you like these and want to plant, I would suggest you do it out on the back 40 where it won't bother anything.
Commented on Feb 04, 2013
Pretty much anything that grows really fast is going to be hard to get rid of. Here in the
Oakland hills a lot of morning glories have suffered from frost damage. I'm not worried about whacking them back - those things grow over everything: trees, fences, my hubcap collection. I have a wild rose growing in an inconvenient spot where it will snag people by the garden gate, and I've whacked it to the ground and put a cement block over it - it's growing back as I write this....
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Commented on Jan 17, 2013
Painting the living room, hallway & stairs, putting in extra outlets throughout the house,
improving downstairs area as a guest room en suite.
Detailed step-by-step instructions (and additional pictures) can be found on my blog here: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2012/04/adding-m...
Basically, I assembled 2 Billy Bookcases, 1 Billy Wall Shelf, 1 Smadal TV Console from IKEA and attached them to the wall up against a section of beadboard forming an inverted "U" shape. I also attached the bookshelves to the wall shelf for added stability. I left the TV stand free and just pushed it against the wall (as a bench and shoe storage) so that I could remove it to sweep under it. I did reinforce the TV stand with some metal L brackets to support the weight of my kids sitting (and standing and jumping) on it.
Where the shelves met the wall, I added quarter round trim and added corbels under the wall shelf for architectural interest. I also added crown molding along the tops of the shelves.
I had paint color matched and painted all the trim, beadboard and crown molding "Ikea White" (which is actually more of a cream color)
Lastly I added coat hooks and my mudroom built in was complete.
Total cost (shelves, hardware, paint, hooks): $309