It’s been a long winter. Long winters mean no outside time and no pictures to show. However, planting season is upon us here in the Northeast (if this cold ever goes away), so I’ll have some more colorful pictures to show. Spring is my second favorite season because it’s amazing to watch all the plants start to pop out of the ground. All the beautiful greenery starts to come back to life and there are so many beautiful colors in the Spring. It’s an amazing sight to behold! We’re getting snow on and off, so the cold is not quite gone, but I’m still enjoying the crocus and tulips coming out of the ground. Check out my Instagram @dgkops for some pics!
I’ve finally caught up with modern society! I have an Instagram account ( follow me @dgkops ) and I finally have a phone under 2 years of modern technology age. Life is almost good. Now, all I need is some more flowers to take pictures of. Oh where oh where can I find more!
If you’re going to plant mint, of any kind, please beware. Mint is invasive and will take over everything and spread everywhere. It’s a great companion plant for many vegetables, but mint loves to spread it’s wings wherever it wants. So, if you’re going to plant it, make sure it’s in an area with lots of space and away from plants that like space.
My mint went from tiny little bush last year, to giant Godzilla this year. Personally, I don’t mind. The strawberries nearby, however, do mind. Strawberries are pretty invasive themselves and now my mint and strawberries are fighting for dominance. The mint is winning.
Mint and strawberries don’t go well together for a number of reasons, so they are not good companions. I did not originally plant my mint in this spot. A person who shall not be named (my dad) decided it was a good idea to move said mint after I specifically said not to because they would invade everything around them, including said persons strawberries. I guess we’ll see who wins this battle.
Attention anyone with chickens: I’ve been trying to find different ways to keep hawks out. I did research and looked up many different methods of keeping them away. Although, I love to see the hawks, I don’t like it when they attack the flock of chickens and ducks on my yard. My method is anything and everything shiny! They don’t like it and in my research, (I think is was from a post on Backyardchickens.com), I learned reflective stuff confuses hawks. It’s not a fail safe, so always keep an eye out. Vigilance is always best because they can be scared easily by human presence.
After Christmas, I thought it would be great to buy some silver Christmas balls on clearance (nice and cheap) and hang them on the tree where my chickens hang out. Jingle bells work well too because they make noise and are reflective.
I think this works moderately well with a few scare crows thrown in. And, if you’re like me and love a little sparkle in your life, they make nice outdoor decorations. They unfortunately don’t keep foxes away. That’s a story for another day.
Plastic Christmas balls stand up pretty well to weather. Stay away from anything glass and always pick up broken ones.
Move your scare crows and shiny things around. It confuses predators into thinking there are humans around.
Always secure them well on anything you hang them off of.
Don’t buy the foam ones. Chickens like to eat those. Not good and they are less weather resistant then the plastic ones.
My chickens got used to the shiny things, but it’s always a good idea to hang them where they are not easily accessible.
CD’s work just as well: I used some decorative Washi tape, Mod Podge clear drying glue as a sealer, punched a hole and added some glow in the dark beads (for the night critters), and used fishing line as string (it’s durable). WARNING: Always dispose of fishing line properly. Cut it into small pieces and throw it away in a bag. Birds can get tangled in them. I don’t like fishing line, but it was the most durable string I had.