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Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
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Lif Strand wrote:

Trace Oswald wrote:The rain was pouring down, but I really had to pee, so I put on my coat and ventured out...


...to the outhouse, where there were spiders and worse.  When...



I got to the outhouse i found there were too  ...
1 day ago

Audrey Wrobel wrote: Are you sure it’s not rabbits or another critter eating those onions? Just asking, because I have never had a deer touch any I grew.



It is deer. The Walking onions are in a raised bed too tall for rabbit and since the deer ate the leaves off the tomato plants planted with them it is likely that when the tomato leaves were all gone they tried the next best thing and the only thing left there.  The honeysuckle and turks caps are in front of the house in a plain view so that maybe why they have not tried them.
The Turk's Cap is our hummingbirds favorite.  I live where we get very little rain during the summer and it is hot!  We have not watered the Turk's Cap at all this summer.  In fact I have only watered the roses and walking onions.

2 days ago
Amy, I like your idea about using sticks.  I might try that next year.

So all leaves in the garden are gone so the deer now like walking onions!

What they have not touched so far are honey suckle and turks cap.

I agree about the moisture from putting things in the ground.  I had some important papers I did that with.  I put them in several zip lock bags and a jar with a tight fitting lid.  My thought was they would be safe from fire.

When I took them out, everything was sealed good though the papers were slightly mildewed and smelled really bad.

I would not want to take a chance that my seeds might mildew.
1 week ago
I have no garlic chives that were supposed to be deer resistant.  They have left the rosemary alone and the purple coneflowers that they ate last year.  So far I still have my walking onions. They have eaten all the leaves off the tomato plants that were planted with the onions.

All the leaves off the squash and bell peppers. They ate all the corn. That was to be expected.

They liked the rose bushes until I put sprigs of rosemary onto the bushes.

I used to really love my crockpot though I really hate the new ones since you can't cook things all day.

I bought one of these:



Amazon Link to Electric Roaster Oven

I am hoping that I like using it as a roaster and a slow cooker.

I found some suggestions for things to try here:

https://www.hamiltonbeach.com/6-surprising-ways-to-use-your-roaster-oven

Does anyone have any suggestion on what to cook in this?  Any tips?
1 week ago
We bought an 1985 Silver Streak that was in fairly good condition.  We tore out the carpet and replace any damage places on the floor.  We painted it with gray porch paint the got a cheap carpet remnant to loose lay over the floor.

There might have been some plumbing repair.  The biggest expense was a new furnace and hot water heater.  We were able to get the A/C and refrigerator running.

We might have done all this for $1000.

The Silver Streak was a top of the line trailer so that is why we got out so cheap.  That was in 2005 and it is still being used.  The cabinet have since been painted black for a retro look.

It has a permanent home and not out on the road.
2 weeks ago
Well done, everyone! Thanks for all that you do!
This is the 2nd year for my Egyptian Walking Onions. The 1st year I planted them with my blue sage and all was well. this year the blue sage has been over powered by them and is not happy.

I transplanted about half of them to the vegetable garden in a border with tomatoes in the center.  The bed was plenty big for both of them.  The tomatoes were not happy and there was not room for the onions to walk.

Moral to my story might be watch what you plant them with and give them lots of space.

Rabbits were happy.
2 weeks ago