Pets. The Wild Kind.

Written by David Leonhardt

Pets. The Wild Kind. By David Leonhardt

Just because we moved out torepparttar country a couple years back does NOT mean we want to run a farm. Tending to animals is just not how we want to spend our time. We don't want cows or sheep or chickens. We don't want hogs or ducks. We don't even want a dog or a cat to train.

OK, so my wife says that she wants a cat, but that's only because she knows I won't have anything to do with it. I suspect that if I ever said, "OK, you win. Let's get a cat", she would run screaming downrepparttar 110103 stairs pulling at her hair and just keep on running...causing damage torepparttar 110104 stairway carpet, not to mentionrepparttar 110105 window atrepparttar 110106 bottom ofrepparttar 110107 staircase.

We don't want a parrot or a rabbit or a hamster or even a mouse.

But when you live inrepparttar 110108 country, you have pets, whether you like it or not.

The first summer, we were welcomed by Muffetrepparttar 110109 skunk. Although she never responded to that name, we let her keep it. She just loved our compost heap. In fact, she had a frequent-eater pass atrepparttar 110110 all-you-can-eat compost buffet.

The second summer we were skunk-free, but this summer we were blessed with a new traveling perfume salesman. We did not name him, but we have determined that he is on a diet. He stays away fromrepparttar 110111 all-you-can-eat compost buffet.

He is also much less intelligent than Muffet. When we see him, we jump and shout and wave our hands to get his attention,. But we usually have to get his attention three or four times before something in his microbe-sized brain clicks in and says, "Wait a minute. That's notrepparttar 110112 hot dog vendor beckoning me to clean up his leftovers. Maybe I should turn around."

But he is smart enough provide a two-tier burglar deterent. First, he drives them away with his odor. "Peee-ew. Let's go robrepparttar 110113 Jensons downrepparttar 110114 road." Second he digs thousands of tiny pits all overrepparttar 110115 lawn to trip any burglar foolish enough to try to escape.

And to answer your question, no I did not personally verifyrepparttar 110116 gender of these skunks. But you are free to check if you doubt my word.

Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These!

Written by Scottie Johnson

If you are a serious gardener, you spend lots of time outdoors. And, for sure, you would rather be tending your plants than swatting mosquitoes.

While there are many things you can do to keep mosquitoes away, there are some plants that will beautify your yard and help repel mosquitoes.

As one more way to keep mosquitoes away from you and your yard, try planting these attractive plants.

HORSEMINT Horsemint has a scent similar to citronella. Horsemint grows wild in most ofrepparttar Eastern United States, from Mexico, Texas up to Minnesota to Vermont. It is partial to sandy soils and will grow in USDA Zones 5-10. Native Americans used it as a treatment for colds and flu. It has natural fungicidal and bacterial retardant properties because it's essential oils are high in thymol.

ROSEMARY This wonderful herb we use for seasoning is also a great, natural mosquito repellant. It has been used for centuries to keep pesky mosquitoes away. Rosemary is a native ofrepparttar 110102 Mediterranean, so it likes hot, dry weather and well-drained soil. It is hardy in USDA zones 8-10, and must be grown as a pot plant in colder climates. If you happen to live in a part ofrepparttar 110103 country where rosemary does not grow, you can get a good quality rosemary essential oil; mix 4 drops with cup olive oil. Store in a cool, dry place. When it comes to fresh plant oils as natural mosquito repellants, there is every reason to haverepparttar 110104 plant in your yard, if they will grow in your area. It is an inexpensive and attractive way to boost repparttar 110105 appearance ofrepparttar 110106 landscape and have natural mosquito repellants on hand as well.

MARIGOLDS Organic gardeners have used marigolds as companion plants to keep aphids away. Mosquitoes don't like its scent any better (and some humans feelrepparttar 110107 same way). Marigolds are sun-loving annuals that come in a variety of shapes and sizes for almost any landscape. They are quite easy to grow from seed.

AGERATUM This charming little bedding plant contains coumarin, and mosquitoes detestrepparttar 110108 smell. It is used inrepparttar 110109 perfume industry and is even in some commercial mosquito repellants. Don't rub ageratum on your skin, though. It has some other less desirable elements that you don't want to keep on your skin in quantity. Ageratums are annuals, andrepparttar 110110 come in a muted blue and white that compliments most other plantings.

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