This might be the most ridiculous nonsensical ideas to appear on this thread, but old garden books talk about digging a pit, putting fresh steaming manure in the bottom, and then putting well-sieved compost on top and then a cold frame over the whole business to germinate seeds in early spring before frosts have ended.
Sooooo - has anyone thought of trying the top of their enclosed kitty-litter box? One would need a supernaturally well-behaved cat for this to work.
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
>> with any luck at all your kitty litter isn't spontaneously composting.
Im thought you said " Combusting! "
I don't want to buy THAT brand of kitty litter!
I also used to think that cold frames were to keep plants cold, and warm frames were to keep plants warm. Wrong!
"Warm frames" have a heat source other than solar - like decomposing manure or heating cables or an incandesent bulb. Maybe some day this will be how we store nuclear waste. One way to kill off the slugs ... or mutate them into ten-foot-long monsters.
"Cold frames" passively catch sunlight, turn it to heat, and then slow down the escape of the heat.
Me too, Ann! It's been pretty quiet here on all the threads that I know to watch and it's strange to check in and not see any activity - especially after living on these threads for so many weeks in November and December.
The holidays are over and I'm knee deep in farm tax paperwork, but this piggy is growing more and more excited to see what's in that seed box.
Poisondartfrog that sure was a bargain on those heat mats donâ€™t think you will be finding anything like that again you were very lucky! Now you will have me looking at every booth for a find here just in case ;) I noticed you live in Ky. was that at the flea market at the fair grounds in Louisville by any chance thatâ€™s where I go you couldnâ€™t live that close to me :)
Yep Sharon thatâ€™s what sold me on heat mats was when it made so much of a difference in the tomatoes and peppers germinating I never bothered with heat mats before that. I used to use the top of the tv and now they make them so you canâ€™t, my fridge doesnâ€™t have any warmth on top of it, used to use my stove pilot light for soaking seeds but not they are electronic what is going on these days they sure donâ€™t think about our seed starting when they make appliances anymore lol
Patricia, I have an old old turkey roaster that is on a stand downstairs about the same as what you are using I'm sure, it doesn't hurt it to be on with nothing inside just the seeds I thought about trying to use that but don't want to mess anything up with it because I still use it for the Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey I have no idea how old it is I remember mom using it when I was growing up...My heat mat the rubber is starting to wear off in places not really sure if I should use it this year esp. because Iâ€™m at the cat ladyâ€™s more than I am here.
NisiNJ, that looks like a pretty good deal on that heat mat think I will mark it and go back to it tonite thanks for the link! You were so good at finding the heat mat how about finding me a cheap deal for a couple of sprinklers that arenâ€™t such an eye sore for the front yard lol
Ragtag nice Christmas present from Kelly Iâ€™m sure that will get plenty of use wallowing around us piggies lol
LeBug, the roaster comes on just every now and then and goes off nearly at once to maintain a temp of 80 degrees. However, I would not use a good roaster the way I do my cheap one. Mine is too thin-walled to do a good job cooking food, but it makes a good seed starter and soil sterilizer. Besides keeping in moisture, the lid also keeps cats out!
Thanks patrob seems a waste to use that roaster once or twice a year guess that's why it's been around so long Well guess I'll go to that link and get me a new seed mat Just wish it was a double I looked and they don't have the double ones at HD.
Lebug, Louisville is a half a day's drive for me. I am about on the Tennessee border. I bet you find great things at that flea market.
I prowl flea markets looking for old books, but you never know what you might happen upon.
I eliminated one pond this year (was that on this thread?), but I agree that the diversity of wildlife is enhanced by any water feature.
I'm a little under the weather, but the prospect of piggy boxes is a real picker upper!
I'm about a half hour from Louisville. I found some milk glass spice bottles there one time that was my biggest find I just love them! I don't get to go as much as I'd like to.
I had a wild bird garden in my field it was about 75' long with a tall Zebra grass, big Butterfly Bush and two Winter Berry hollies one on each side lots of taller flowers planted for the birds then came the cats and I sold my field it was just as well now that I have 3 outside cats to compliment my three in the house lol I look at bird seed in the stores and really miss my birds I was really starting to get some nice ones when I had to quit feeding them because of the cats. The Finches love my front yard and my back but I always worry about them had to bring my momma cat in permanently because she took a liking to poor defenseless hummers and lizards (she was a inside/outside cat until then)!
My grandmother had large windows in her house next to Lake Heron in Michigan, and she'd feed the hummers. Wouldn't you know it, one of the silly things flew right into the window, fell to the ground, and was snapped up by one of her large dogs. Well, Grandma had a fit, and punished that poor dog for being a dog.
She beat the dogs to the next hummer that crashed into the window and fell onto the ground. Well, she put that little thing into a deep grave to keep the dogs off of its poor little body, said a prayer, and started considering how to keep more of these accidents from occurring. She went out to the feeding station, wondering how to enjoy the hummers without all these fatalies, and yet another hummer crashed into the window! She shook her head, and went off to get the shovel. As she came back, the hummer (just a moment before deader then a door nail) shook itself off, and zoomed out of there.
The feeder came down, and I don't believe she ever fed the birds again out of guilt of burying that hummer alive. Bless her soul.
Poor Grandma! I almost did the same thing. I picked up the stunned bird to figure out what to do with it and it "came to" in my hand and after perching for a second or two, flew off. I had to move my feeders too far away to enjoy from indoors to prevent more carnage.
One spring I had some large mirrors to dispose of and I placed them in the garden, just for fun. A wren of some kind fell in love with it's own image, thinking it had discovered a mate. It preened in front of the mirror, tried to touch it's image with it's beak, sang and trilled and brought itself juicy insects; putting on a ground display that was remarkable to watch. After a few days of enjoying the display, I removed the mirrors. I was afraid the bird would wear itself out and never find a real partner.
I don't feed birds because, when renovating my house, I found a rat nest inside the walls, complete with skeleton sitting on a pound of birdseed. I'll be darned if I knowingly feed rodents that will end up looking for bread crumbs where my little daughters eat their toast in the morning... Or, in the case of the rats, chomp down half the loaf!
I enjoy watching other people's bird feeders, especially the antics of squirrels that end up trying to nest in their attic.
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