Roo's Casa

Sunflowers 2009
September 10, 2009, 2:22 am
Filed under: Gardening, Summer

sunflowerheadThis year with the help of our squirrel trap, we were able to get sunflowers!  The squirrels did come back around the time that the heads drooped heavily with seeds and so some of the flowers got eaten a bit, but we still got to keep most of the seeds.


Lupine in Trouble
June 17, 2009, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Gardening

bigsbug We bought a lupine about 3 weeks ago and it has been slowly dying.  I found some of the bugs on the right on the plant itself and suspected that the plant’s poor health had to do with them.  I dug the plant up and found tons of those unidentified bugs and rolly-pollies all over the roots.  I plant to take it to the nursery where I purchased it to ask for some tips on what to do with my plant.  I will post more when I find out what can be done.

Weed Killer
June 8, 2009, 3:37 am
Filed under: Gardening

My mom had told me about this recipe to naturally kill weeds and I finally tried it this morning.  It worked really well.  Here is the recipe:

1 cup salt
1 gallon vinegar
pour into a spray bottle and spray in the cracks to kill weeds.  
*Note: I was too lazy to mix it all up, so I just poured some vinegar on the weeds and then sprinkled on the salt.  

Winter Sowing
June 8, 2009, 1:53 am
Filed under: Gardening

Collecting seeds is one of my favorite hobbies. I learned about this winter sowing technique and decided to give it a try. Here I put some soil in some strawberry containers and then sprinkled the seeds on top. I watered the dirt before I put the seeds in. Then close the lid and let nature take its course. The seeds will sprout when they are ready. You do have to make sure the seeds have moisture from time to time. Once the seeds sprout you can plant them in the yard. I planted baby’s breath, petunias, pumpkin, cosmos, day lillies, snapdragons, Shasta daisies, and sunflowers. I still have some purple rose of sharon to plant too.

Protect Your Garden From Squirrels
June 8, 2009, 1:52 am
Filed under: Gardening

We have had a huge squirrel problem in our garden the last few years. They eat all of our seedlings, sunflowers, flowers, and now our baby tree. We have tried fencing off areas to keep them away, scarecrows, and cayenne pepper spray. Nothing has worked. Last weekend Wolfgang went out and bought a squirrel trap. It actually works! The trap doesn’t hurt the squirrel. It just traps it inside a cage and then we drive it to a far away field and let it out. We catch a squirrel everyday. Wolfgang really looked into how to trap the squirrel and here is how he does it: first put some peanut butter on a saltine and place it behind the trigger. You have to make sure you put the peanut butter side down so that it sticks to the cage. If the peanut butter side is up then the squirrel can just reach through from the side and pull it out. Next place a saltine with peanut butter on the trigger. The trick here is to smash the cracker with the peanut butter on the trigger so that the squirrel has to sit there and eat it. He then gets greedy and goes forward for the other cracker, which then triggers the door to close. He is then trapped. We place a towel over the cage so that the squirrel is calmed and also in case it is hot. It keeps it cooler inside the cage.