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  1. 1 hour ago, Lava Rock said:

    where can I get these?

    These will go after Grubs and a few other things. https://www.amazon.com/Bug-Sales-Million-Beneficial-Nematodes/dp/B012TYT37K/ref=sr_1_8?crid=1TNKZ6VBF7W9Y&dchild=1&keywords=beneficial+nematodes+for+grubs&qid=1623159785&sprefix=beneficial+ne%2Caps%2C350&sr=8-8

    They have a "triple blend" version that goes after even more pests, but I'd go with this.  The expensive part is really from the shipping.  Make sure you're not on vacation when they're set to arrive, they need to stay cold.  A few hours on the porch they'll be fine.

  2. On 5/29/2021 at 7:11 PM, Lava Rock said:

    Honestly, I really don't like putting chems on the lawn, but now that I know what's been causing this I want something fast acting. I am looking into milky spore as tuna had suggested for more long term control.


    Nematodes are fast acting, they'll kill them within a day or two.  I might have suggested Milky Spore a few years ago, but found it to be be ineffective.  


    @dendrite that looks like root rot to me. sucks.  The only way I've been able to keep deer off mine is by fencing them off.  overkill but i'm tired of losing all the new growth to deer.

  3. RIP James

    Originally performed by Ghosts of the Forest

    © Seven Below Inc. (BMI)

    It's such a brief time we get to be here
    All together as friends they come and go
    We stand in streams of water
    And circle round the sun
    Until our time is done

    It's such a brief time we get to be here
    Crystal memories shimmer in my mind
    Of laughing all together
    I will always cherish
    Till the end of my time

    And what was I so worried about
    What a waste of time
    I can't even remember now
    I've seen smiles on passing faces
    In a long unending line
    It's such a beautiful world
    And such a brief time

    It's such a brief time we get to be here
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  4. "We’re Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
    We’re learning the wrong lessons from the search for COVID-19’s origins."


    Superior, insightful article written by a Chinese scientist, Yangyang Cheng, who works in the US. Cheng adds a much needed geopolitical analysis to the ongoing debate regarding the search for the origins of the virus. She raises important issues regarding sovereign authority, genetic resources, and cross border data sharing. A quote from one of Cheng's closing paragraphs:

    (To be clear, Cheng doesn't pick sides regarding lab leak vs zoonotic theories)

    "The novel coronavirus originated in nature. It has no agenda, no morals or political belief. Its presence among our species is a result of human activity. It is an indictment on all of humanity that when confronted with a common threat, the immediate response from governments has been more artificial divisions to determine who deserves to live and who must die. In the eyes of a state, security is not about preserving life but sustaining power. People are sacrificed to secure the fragile pride of a flag. The future is bartered to fulfill capitalism’s endless demand for profit. Truth gives way to partisan motives."

    I share the quote as an enticement to read Cheng's article; it's not worth offering commentary on just that quote if you haven't read the whole article.

  5. 8 minutes ago, dendrite said:

    Looks good, but I just want to target the grubs. The flies are beneficial to me because they pollinate my pawpaws. My chickens love the crickets later in the summer. I like the nematode idea, but maybe I need to find someone locally since they need to stay refrigerated.


    They are delivered with an ice pack, which is why the shipping cost is a bit higher.  As long as you don't let them sit on your porch for a whole day in the sun they'll be OK.

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  6. 1 hour ago, dendrite said:

    Do you have a brand you’d recommend for grub control? What’s the cost for about a half acre?

    "Nature's Good Guys" - https://www.amazon.com/NaturesGoodGuys-Beneficial-Nematodes-Triple-Blend/dp/B086683PNS/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Beneficial+nematodes&qid=1619006903&sr=8-3


    There are several different types of Nematodes for different types of pests, these ones treats grubs and more.  The "Hb" type treats for Grubs, and they do sell a package with only that type of Nematode.  They sell them by the million and I believe the rate is 50 mil /12,500 square feet.  

    I'm fairly certain they're Chicken-safe, but I'm not 100% sure.  I'm interested to know now, though, as we just got chicks.  They won't be outside for another 6 weeks and I didn't treat any areas that are near their run, so low-risk even if they aren't chook-safe.

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  7. 2 hours ago, amarshall said:

    First schoolies in Duxbury. They have lice on them so new fish. 

    Is that earlier than normal for your locale?  That means they're not far away for me up here, seems early though 

  8. 2 hours ago, NW_of_GYX said:

    explain this sorcery, is it easy to apply? 

    Super easy.  They're essentially microorganisms that attack the specified insects.  They come in a powder, which you need to refrigerate if you're not going to apply immediately.  I'd recommend being home on the delivery date to receive and store appropriately.  Mix the powder with water in a can (gently), and apply to the affected area.  They'll stop the damage from spreading within a day or two. 

    Scooter mentioned Milky Spore, which is also effective, but can take several seasons to establish.  Nematodes have immediate results and don't harm the environment.  

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  9. That's great, @OceanStWx.  We were in the same boat and made these in the fall, and will be planting in them this spring.  Any and all grass in these pictures will go the same way as materials become available. 

    Not sure if Portland does the same, but we contacted SoPo public works and they dropped about 3 yards of woodchips for us from tree work around the city.


  10. On 3/25/2021 at 1:26 PM, dendrite said:

    I'd like to cover 9/10 of my lawn with a foot of wood chips and just plant all fruit and nut trees.

    If you haven't already, definitely look into sheet mulching/lasagna gardening.  Great way of turning a lawn into productive gardening with materials you have on hand or can acquire easily and inexpensively.  We do sections of our lawn as materials (cardboard, compost, woodchips from the city) become available. 

  11. 3 hours ago, Lava Rock said:

    Maine just moved up vaccines to 16+ from the 19th to the 7th.

    bring it, we're ready.  our clinic has been churning out >800 shots a day on a staff of <20.  we crush.  exhausting but rewarding.

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  12. 47 minutes ago, HIPPYVALLEY said:

    Even with the ever expanding vaccinations,  numbers are heading in the wrong direction again.


    I think most people are "over it" and have been for a long time.  People accepted the risk (real or perceived) and moved on.  Take a drive around any suburban neighborhood at 9 on a Saturday.  You'll count several driveways 10-15 cars deep with people gathering inside.

    What's curious is you have just about every Northeast state at the top of the "wrong direction" list - https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/ - and the states with far fewer restrictions towards the bottom.  Why is that?  Population density?  Adverse affect of restrictions (people can't gather safely at events, so they gather unsafely in private)?

  13. WEEI's rating cliff dive over the past 2 years, and subsequent talent shakeups, can be solely attributed to a coordinated attack by an activist, the Boston Globe and red sox.  

    13 hours ago, dendrite said:

    D&C were racist a-holes. Minihane was a POS as well.

    Pretty sure Dale and Danielle were forced out and didn't exactly have plans to leave.

    I like Fauria and Merloni on my ride home, but could do without Ordway. I like Keefe as well, but I'm not a Gresh fan. I would've rather had Keefe and Hart.

    I didn't listen to those guys, but if you're going to lob an accusation like that it'd be good to share why.

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  14. 11 minutes ago, dryslot said:

    Very blustery and cold this morning, 6.3°F, This time of year if its going to be dry, Rather have it warm, This month has produced .01" of snow, If i don't see another accumulating snowfall, This will be the worst winter here in the last 20 yrs.

    Agree.  I'm closer to my average just by virtue of having a lower one than you, but this winter was a dead ratter no matter how you slice it.  

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    9 hours ago, dendrite said:

    Ugh. Just lost one of my young hens. Not sure what to do with her with the ground frozen...first one I’ve ever lost in winter. Sucks.


    Get a fire going nice and hot, say some kind words, and back away (it's gonna stink, literally).

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  16. 56 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

    That'd be awesome. Right now, I am expecting 10" of snow a month plus 1-2 warm cutters. LOL

    Spring cutter season starts soon, right? :axe:

    Spring is backdoor season around here.  You will learn in time, young grasshopper.