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Hummingbird feeders out? What are you planting?

Posted Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 8:05 PM

The hummingbirds seemed late this year. I put our feeder up a while back but they just started showing up yesterday. Anyone else notice this?

Besides garlic planted last fall and some perennial herbs I have little to nothing in my garden this spring. I planted a few sugar snap peas and they germinated sparsely, so no bumper crop there.

I have been bouncing around like a ping pong ball this Spring, plus cutting firewood almost every evening because we have been having our woods logged and there are boocoo tops available to clean up. May go into the firewood business this year.

Have some tomato plants to get out and will plant edamame soybeans big time, but not much else planned. Beets did not germinate at all, or they went on vacation, not sure which.

What are you planting?


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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.