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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Hummingbird feeders out? What are you planting?

Posted Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 8:05 PM
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  • My hummers showed up Thursday. They were late last year (almost exactly same date) due to the cold. Since most of March was warm, I was expecting them a few weeks ago though. No planting for us this year. :(

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 9:02 PM
  • I just planted some brocolli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts, not much yet. Plan on getting some onions and taters in next week. If I get as much planted as what my garden can hold I will be one busy gal this summer.

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 9:26 PM
  • Thanks for the hummongbird feeder reminder. I put mine out yesterday.

    I'm still waiting for seeds to come up, but my dandelion crop is really strong this year :(

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 6:27 AM
  • We used to have big dandelion crops but for some reason they have been declining. We did not do anything to bring that about.

    Somewhere I read that dandelions were an indicator of some type of soil. We did not replace the soil so...??? I am not sure what their absence tells us. I will try to find that for next meeting as well.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 9:32 AM
  • My hummers showed up a couple days ago too. We put out onions, beets, and one row of corn about 2 weeks ago. Its all coming up now. Took it awhile though. Put out more corn, beans, and one tomato plant yesterday before the rain. Keeping our fingers crossed.

    -- Posted by Equinepro on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 8:38 PM
  • I crossed mine too. We have some col nights ahead but I do not see anything damaging

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 9:33 PM
  • I had some hummingbirds last Sunday, but ants are attempting to overtake my feeder....Any suggestions on keeping them out?

    We use a 9 iron and practice on dandelions!!

    -- Posted by OMYI on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 2:36 PM
  • I have placed petroleum jelly or Vick's Vaporub on the place where the ants are accessing the feeder. They usually don't cross the sticky area but if so, I sprinkle it with diatomaceous earth.

    The diatomaceus earth(DE)is non-toxic and made of tiny silica shards from prehistoric, microscopic creatures. The sharp edges penetrate the joints of the ants and dehydrates them.

    They often know better and just stop coming but sugar water is a strong attractant.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 4:37 PM
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