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by KathyLauren
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: New Here
Replies: 6
Views: 55

Re: New Here

Hi, Hanna. Welcome, from the east coast of Canada.
by KathyLauren
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: New Person Saying Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: New Person Saying Hello

Hello, Ascerti, and welcome. The important thing is that you have the awareness and the urge to do something about it. I felt the same way when I was your age. I was lucky enough to have a spouse who felt as I did, so we moved to an island off the west coast of Canada where there were lots of hippie...
by KathyLauren
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: A bit of pruning
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: A bit of pruning

Weedo wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:25 am
A Husky? Who uses a Husky these days?
It's a darned fine saw. It is a pain to start when it is cold, but it starts fine when it is warmed up, and it has enough power for the job.
by KathyLauren
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: A bit of pruning
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: A bit of pruning

Apparently, the previous owners liked junipers. We have taken out lots of them. They spread everywhere, and look really ugly. There are still quite a few to go!
by KathyLauren
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: A bit of pruning
Replies: 5
Views: 144

A bit of pruning

There was a large, gnarly, ugly juniper shrub that had to go. I had already cut off most of the branches with a small electric chainsaw. But, when it came time to take out the remaining big branches and the trunk, the job needed the big Husky. I swear it has put on 20 lbs in the last couple of years...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Growing in 2018 weather
Replies: 16
Views: 1238

Re: Growing in 2018 weather

Our peaches got hit by the June frost. Though the leaves look healthy this year (sprayed with dormant oil in the spring), there are very few fruit growing. One apple tree is doing okay. We cut down the other, which was not healthy, to make room for future new apple trees. We planted a pair of new ap...
by KathyLauren
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Hot weather and water
Replies: 20
Views: 1179

Re: Hot weather and water

The island where I used to live had poor groundwater, and a lot of people had rainwater collection systems to supplement their wells. Rainwater can be used for drinking, but the system has to be designed with that in mind. They put a sediment collection tank in the line to collect the first few gall...
by KathyLauren
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Well, poop!
Replies: 8
Views: 991

Re: Well, poop!

Not likely rabbits Kath - they ususally take them off at stem first (45 degree cut) and then eat them. Well, the stems are pretty woody. They nipped off the branches at their bases, ate most of the greenery, and left a couple of leaves on the ground. It didn't look like the work of slugs, our other...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Well, poop!
Replies: 8
Views: 991

Re: Well, poop!

Well, surprisingly, all the tomato plants recovered. This was due to my practice of NOT pinching off the suckers. I have learned in the past, from previous unseasonably late frosts, that the suckers are your insurance. So, although the early June frost killed all the leaves and branches of several o...
by KathyLauren
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Weed killing on lawns
Replies: 16
Views: 1201

Re: Weed killing on lawns

In a lot of places here, the use of herbicides for cosmetic purposes (i.e. killing weeds in a lawn) is not permitted. We like a "lawn" that looks like reclaimed forest floor. When we have bare patches, we seed them with a mix of grass and clover seed.
by KathyLauren
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Hot weather and water
Replies: 20
Views: 1179

Re: Hot weather and water

I used to live in an area that had routine summertime droughts. It was not uncommon to go from May to October with only a millimetre or two of rain. We installed three large tanks to collect rainwater in the spring, with a total of 20,000 litres of storage capacity, and filled them with water collec...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Well, poop!
Replies: 8
Views: 991

Well, poop!

I decided to try tomatoes again this year. Last year I grew them in pots, and they all got blight. Not suggesting that was cause and effect, but this year I planted them in the garden. I thought that waiting a week after the Victoria Day long weekend (May 21st) would be safe from frost. Well, not th...
by KathyLauren
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Does anyone NOT have a television?
Replies: 98
Views: 35843

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

We haven't had a telly for about 13 years. We've got the hardware, but we only use it for watching movies, initially on VHS or DVD, and more recently on Netflix. I like music, but I was brought up to be considerate of other people. I don't like it loud anyway, but if I'm where people would find it a...
by KathyLauren
Tue May 22, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?
Replies: 17
Views: 1766

Re: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?

As a former military pilot, I love flying. But I really can't justify it, especially not for recreational purposes. I fear you are truly in a minority . Most feel perfectly justified in taking flights just to sit on a beach achieving nothing except the reduction in world booze stocks " because I've...
by KathyLauren
Tue May 22, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?
Replies: 17
Views: 1766

Re: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?

As a former military pilot, I love flying. But I really can't justify it, especially not for recreational purposes. The last time I flew, it was for a move across the country. We'd thought about driving, but that would have been too hard on the dog and cat. Time before that, it was to see my dad on ...