I hope this works….

If you don't experiment, you don't learn.

Overkill

Well, that’ll teach me.

Yesterday I went to my local nursery and bought some shade/hail cloth and a container of Diatomaceous earth. I was really mad at the ants as they had destroyed (or helped destroy) three of my Brassicas…..two cabbages and one brussels sprouts. I mean, every time I looked at the cabbages on the one side of the bed, I could see tons of little black ant bodies clustered around the stem.  After a while, the cabbage would fall over.  It sounds like a cross between a cutworm and ants, but I never saw any cutworms….and why would they be working together anyway.  Ants want something that will attract aphids, a dead plant will attract no aphids.

So I poured out my vengeance. I prolly used too much of the Diatomaceous earth.  It does dry things out and I dumped a lot right on the ants clustered around the stem, so I prolly killed the cabbages too……sigh. I didn’t think it would kill the plant.  I only have one healthy  looking plant out there right now.  The other 11 are dead or very wilted. Maybe the wilted ones will spring back to life.

I bought way too much of the shade/hail cloth.  Math has never been my strong point.  The only time my dad swore at me was once, when he was trying to help me understand a math concept.  He was so embarrassed that he never helped me with math again. However, he did teach me how to change tires, the oil in my car and how to put on chains in the ice and snow.  In college, I needed to rotate my tires, so I arranged to use a garage that belonged to one of my mom’s friends. This friend had 3 daughters and they all had boyfriends. As I was working on the tires, a boyfriend would show up and ask if I needed any help. I would shoo him off and then about 5 minutes later another boyfriend would show up.  I thought it was quite funny.  I got the job done without any help and I got a glass of lemonade after. Go me.

So I bought 8 feet of the hail/shade cloth.  What I didn’t pay attention to was how wide the cloth was. Probably about 20 feet wide. (they tole me in inches, I should have suspected something…).  I rolled it out and began cutting and got all the beds covered that I wanted and I still have an 8×9 foot piece left over. At least I will not be running around in my Chinese Rain Hat whilst the hail is pounding down around me.  My kids got me the Chinese Rain Hat.  It is one of those classic cone-shaped hats you see on workers in the field .  It works great to protect your face and shoulders from hail. Let’s see if the hail/shade cloth works as well.

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