My mom just had her bathtub replaced with a shower stall. She was having a hard time getting over the tub wall due to her age. Always get more than one bid, the first plumber wanted double what she paid to do this with the second plumber.
this is my version of #itching4spring .....all the critters that come into the yard, good and bad. I loved having those baby
bunnies a few summers ago. Last summer I tried teaching the cat (who is an indoor cat, but gets to go out with me to sun) how to observe and not chase. As you can see by the picture, it seems to be working. Unfortunately, last year my bunny ate all my green beans, so I have to put up a garden fence this year.
The baby bird was a "brancher". I found him out in the heat one day and I nursed him with soggy cat food until he was able to fly away. It took about a week and I sure enjoyed it. I am sure my neighbors thought I was nuts, bending down talking to the bird. I think we bonded because he would be happy to see me, that is, until he decided to leave. It was quite an experience.
The squirrel took a liking to the cat. We would sit on the bench and he would peek his head over the fence and chirp at us. The cat did not like him back, however.
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.
Has anyone ever tried planting potatoes in straw or bags of potting soil? I have never tried planting them, and I don't really have room in the veg garden unless I try something space saving. I am more of a tomato, green bean, onion planter, but this year I want to try some new stuff.
#newyearsresolution is for this year to be a "No Home Improvement" year. In 2012 we had 3 different projects done and I just want to rest this year. I have to save up to get the upstairs interior doors done in 2014.
Well, here it is 2 days after Christmas and I have already gotten two seed catalogues in the mail. Henry Fields is my favorite one to order from. Got Jungs also, but I think that is a first, so I don't know how they do in fulfilling orders. Mostly my experience with Henry Fields is ordering bare root shrubs. I have low expectations with bare root stuff, so I am usually not surprised at the sparesness of the product. It will grow.....