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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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 

  4. 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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  5. 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.


  6. 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. 

  7. 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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  8. 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)?

  9. 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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  10. 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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  12. 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.

  13. snow stake is at 8".  If I were to do an official observation from the snowboard right now I imagine I'd be at 9", but not doing that until the next 6hr mark (2PM).

    Visibility is currently <0.15 mile. I can't see the radio tower that's that far away from my house.

    Despite not being under that sick band, radar looks fantastic.


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