Setting up an Oil Hot Water Tank

    I’m new to the site, and am just starting to sift through the plethora of remarkable information that you all are passing among each other. I’m brand-new to the deeper intracacies of HVAC, although I am an avid do-it-yourselfer and have had one, and now two, WVO cars for the last three years, with all the tinkering that they entail. With WVO stars-in-my-eyes, I picked up a newer used Bock oil hot water tank a […]

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    Hydrangia – How to Get it to Bloom

    My MIL has a Hydrangia that she has tended to for years. It has never bloomed. It is the first time I have seen this happen with a Hydrangia. Do any of you know what is going on with the plant and what she can do to get it to bloom? Easy fix kid. Get some boraxo, like at a laundry mat. Mix 1 (one) level table spoon of the boraxo with a gallon of […]

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    Aphids and Butterflies

    Does anyone have some suggestions about getting rid of these aphids without detering butterflies. We have been putting in a large butterfly garden. I’ve seen many praying mantis, but apparently not enough! We tried the garlic/onion water, but they didn’t appear to care. Concerning the aphids. Look for ants. Ants are like dairy ranchers and the aphids are thier cows. Aphid pooh is about 90% sugar and the ants harvest it. In fact they will […]

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    Help with Growing Cauliflower!

    I have only been gardening for 2 years. The problem I have is with Cauliflower. For the second year in a row I’ve planted cauliflower seeds and I am already having disappointing results. Last year, the cauliflower plants just grew tall with no cauliflower veg. on them. This year, I planted the seeds indoors about 4 weeks ago and my seedlings have 6 inch skinny stems with small leaves at the ends. I don’t think […]

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    Ants, Slugs and Aphids

    Finally got hold of an aphid spray from an organic company – contains a small amount of rotenone, so I am applying it sparingly in the early morning, and it appears to be having some good effect. But the ANTS!!!! After careful snooping round the garden, it appears that my entire garden is one GINORMOUS anthill. Tried the boiling water routine, but after hours of solid kettle boiling, found I was just never going to […]

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    My Rainwater Tank Became Contaminated

    Had a problem the last few days…the water coming from my main rainwater tank developed a strong offensive smell… it smelled like Oily Fish… I looked inside the tank and it was greenish and very murky… I couldn’t see over an inch deep… I had used this water inside the trailer for my filtered water tank… so the carbon filter did its job, and I was somewhat protected…  When this main tank is full, the […]

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    Whats Eating My Pepper Plants?

    My pepper plant leafs (all various varities) are being eaten by some type of insect. I am not able to actually find the culprits on any of the plants, but they are devouring them. They must be sneaking in at night while I’m sleeping and leaving before I get up. Does anyone know what they may be and how I can stop them? Do you have slugs or snails? That is their usual modus operandi. […]

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    Using Goats for Clearing

    I have considered using goats–even though I have had them before–a Nubian and a Swiss Alpine–but after those two got out of their pen and climbed through the open window of my car and ate almost all of the upholstery of the front seat, I swore never to have them ever again–this was in Oregon. But I have considered “borrowing” two goats–they can stand being tied up for short periods of time if they have […]

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    Clay Soil & Starting a New Garden

    In an effort to fight our own clay and bind weed, we went in search of an inexpensive way of building raised beds. What we found instead at a local nursery was a new way of thinking. Instead of amending and tilling the clay soil to death, we were introduced to “lasagna gardening”. the idea is to build up layers of organic materials such as peat, grass clippings, stable litter, manure and compost. Starting with […]

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    Yellow Worms and Some Clay Soil?

    I was removing some roots and rocks and other debree (like teenage mutant ninja turtles which had roots growing >through< them. Anyway, I found some small snakes (don't quuite know if this is a good thing) bugs, weeds, worms (a few) and more roots). Anyway, I came across a worm, which kind of caught my eye as out of place in a backyard. Let me add that there was a 50 year old pine tree [...]

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