Serious Garden Problems!
- July 22
The Simple Life
Happens every summer. The sun is shining, clothes hanging on
the line. There is a gentle breeze blowing and one glance outside
tells you there is trouble. Dark clouds are descending. The race
is on! I dash out the door to quickly grab the dry clothes off the
line before they get another rinse. 3 minutes later and I have won
this time. No sooner do I make it into the house than the clouds
begin to hurl their moisture toward earth. Just one small simple
battle won. Tonight the battle was between my husband Richard and
the storm. Barely got the lawn mower parked in the garage before
the deluge descended. We have been getting plenty of rain in these
parts. Ought to help the lake levels back up a bit.
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It was late one night when the phone rang. The desperate voice
of a friend was calling. "Sheryl, can I talk to you
confidentially?" Certainly the earth-shattering trouble I was about
to hear about was way out of my league, but, what the hey, "Sure,
you can talk to me", I answer with sincerity, in a hushed tone,
dripping with concern.
My friend rushes head-long into the terrible details - "You
know that columbine plant I showed you a couple weeks ago?" I can
stop holding my breath! At least it is not a blue Himalayan Poppy
or a rare and expensive Golden Weeping Asian Oak from the rain
forests of Tibet. What a relief! "Go on", I urge, now that the
biggest part of the story has been divulged.
"Well, remember I told you it hadn't yet bloomed? I was
planting some other flowers and decided to just yank it out of the
ground!" She exclaimed.
I gasped. "Really!?" Knowing that any self-respecting gardener
must be extremely desperate to just yank a plant from the garden.
"You will never guess!" She was tormenting me now. "Grubs!
the whole plant was infested! What do you do about grubs?"
"Grubs?" I am shocked. I am also at a loss of advice. "I
think we will have to call in the professionals for this one! This
is not a problem I have dealt with. This is way beyond my level of
expertise. I'll get back with you after I have called in the team."
I tell her.
"10-4." She hangs up.
I glance around to make sure no one is lurking. Everyone else
is in bed, I am in the clear. I go to my "garden chain" list and
set up a conference call, dialing the secret numbers.
"Team, we have a live one! Grubs!"
I hear simultaneous gasps coming from my colleagues. "Yep,
grubs on a columbine."
"Oh, my! - My Aunt Phyllis had a problem with that once. Any
"None yet, but will be conducting further testing at daybreak."
"Just to be sure we will consult with the real expert," one
colleague advises. "Our Secret Weapon the Internet!"
We hang up and log on. I go straight for Google.com. I
type "grub" in the search box. Hundreds of links to information
sites pop up. After our final consultation we find that grubs are
immature June bugs. They eat roots and bulbs of garden plants.
Wasps are natural grub enemies and mole problems often indicate
grubs. Constantly moist soil also attracts the beetles to lay their
eggs under mulch. It seems that there are some chemicals available
for grubs such as Sevin or Diazinon can be applied, others advise to
use some diluted dish soap, and cultivation can work if infestation
is in a limited area (birds will gobble up grubs).
I call back my friend. I tell her to dig a few test spots to
look for further signs of trouble, also to keep an eye out for
damage to other plants.
It's all in a days work.
* * *
I saw a young mother in a restaurant with a good idea
recently. She put 2 quarters in front of each of her three
children. She told them that if they were well-mannered during
dinner, they could spent the money in the sticker machines on the
way out. I thought it worked rather well. The children were very
well behaved and each spent their quarters after dinner. If you
don't like this idea, you might like to improvise.
* * *
"Wrong is always wrong, even if everybody's doing it; and right is
always right, even if nobody's doing it." ~ Ben Heany
"The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love,
passion." ~Nadia Boulanger
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A cool treat for a hot day - Orange Julius The kids will love
6 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup water
one half cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 to 10 ice cubes
1 cup milk
Blend well in blender and serve.
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The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-
scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a
well-watered garden, like a spring, whose waters never fail. ~
Keeping Summer Simple,