Monday, June 28, 2010

The ongoing battle between good and evil...

Slimy, nasty, did I say slimy? potato bugs

Each morning I get up, get dressed, take scraps out to the chickens, and get ready to face these guys.
I spend just a few minutes knocking each and every one of them into a small bowl of water, where I watch them slowly sink to the bottom and DIE!
Even the chickens won't eat them.
Repeat the next day.
And every day after that until they are all dead.
I think it might take all summer.
I'm committed.
Or, maybe I should be.
Don't answer that.

Oh, the nasty things you CAN"T see!
Weeds. Weeds. And more weeds.

"In or out....make up your mind!"
A double minded man (or woman!) is unstable in all her ways!
My own mom, and then later I, used to say this on a daily basis when the kids were young!

Cement star with a background of weeds.

This is out by the hen house, so the weeds make a pretty backdrop, eh?

Constance Spry in bloom.

She only blooms once a year, but isn't she a beauty?
We bought her cause of her name...Constance was my mom's name.
Sweet, eh?

What are YOU battling right now?

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cityfarmer said...

battling boredom ... beetles!!!

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Lady Farmer said...

Battling chickens and deer! Both get into the garden and don't leave much behind! :~{ Pretty dissappointing doing all that work and have it all destroyed in a matter of minutes! Whoever said chickens are dumb never watched how they seek out the tiniest opening in the fence to get in (and they remember it forever after using it once!) and deer check the gate EVERY day (or night) so see if it got closed! And they teach the young ones too!
Oh, the life of a farmer! (I love it!)

Lady Farmer said...

I recently started following your great blog! I don't remember how I came across it, but, girlfriend ~ we are kindred spirits! I have enjoyed reading some past posts and have many more to catch up with. So glad to *meet* you! ;~}

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

gophers... ughhhhh!!!!!!!!

Any ideas for ridding my vegetable garden? The new kittens won't be much help until next year.

Faith said...

Ooooooh, those dratted potato bug larvae. Ugly, aren't they!

I like that simple and sweet little (big?) cement star. Did you make it?


Janean said...

Girl, if I had a dollar for every time I said, "In or out....?" LOL. Adore your photos!!!!

Anonymous said...

battling hubby's unemployment here... no fun. :/ We live in a subdivision right now but we've asked God for land and know that one day we will have some. In the mean time we are learning all we can about farm life. I just read a book about chickens and they too said chickens were much smarter than people thought lol

Vickie said...

Moles, stinkbugs and grasshoppers! "In or Out?" is quite the fashionable question around our house, too!

Craftiness said...

We are battling stink bugs on tomato plants with our shop vac! That's right:)

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

The bugs have been really good this year around here, but oh, the weeds! I've never had such a battle. I feel for ya.

Anonymous said...

Weeds and stinkbugs. Some other sort of beetle on the okra and RACOONS are getting into my melon patch. I swear I'm about to stay up all night and shoot them myself.

Red Head said...

Saw your comment over at Pioneer Woman and decided to hop over and check out your blog. Love the background and your post cracked me up!

Good luck with your war on the potato bugs!

Rachel said...

Oh -- it's the weeds.

And can I add mosquitoes? Do they count? With all the rain we've had they are AWFUL.

beautiful flower.


Maria said...

Hi Cindy!
oh I KNOW ... for me it's the BEETLES!
My tender rose plants {albeit a few}
are hanging in there with this organic spray from our local Agway...

My little pests are the cutest ones though... the bunny rabbits are eating away!
My lettuce is now a row of stubs...
and my basil! What likes basil? Something did it in this year!
Last year I made pesto sauce for the year ... this year... stubs!
Any ideas on that one?
*enjoy your garden and your sweet flowers, Cindy!*
Hoping it's sunny where you are! ~Maria

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am one of those country born city chicks that remember only the wonderful thing about farming. Like the smell of fresh turned soil, the taste of fresh veggies get the point. However this post reminded me that it is also work, work, work along with the rewards. Still...sometimes in the early morning hours, well, I miss it all so much.

Camille said...

Lack of warm weather...but is that really a battle?? I *love* where we live...temperate most of the year. :)

It was lovely to "see" you peeking out the door of your home...SO welcoming! I'm glad we are friends. :)

With Love,

Wendy (The Local Cook) said...

your yard is looking BEAUTIFUL!

Renata said...

Cold!! It's so freezing here that I don't want to be outside & my garden desperately needs a lot of work!

I do like the star with the background of weeds - did you make the star?
Have a lovely day

cindy said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement . I really look to you for wisdom. You are an encouragement to me.

Cheryl said...

Battling potato bugs and back problems.

I love the white picket fence in your pictures. The weeds make a perfect country background for your cement star ;)

Donna said...

I remember the battle with bugs in all my gardening years! Ugh!

Right now I'm battling being so very tired, LOL.

I love that old-fashioned constance spry. I used to grow that one too!

Cara @ Health Home and Happiness said...

The backdrop is pretty! Weeds aren't so bad, unless they're choking out your plants, right? :)

Hot Belly Mama said...

Have you tried anything for those beetles? You might try D/E. Love the photos and the backdrop too.

Hot Belly Mama said...

Hey Cyn, why no havaheart traps for the chickens? Open to suggestions!

Connie said...

The rose is just beautiful! Battling ants inside the house... a neighbor told me I needed to move the peonies away from the house. Apparantly the peonies and the ants need each other.