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Keep mice out of your car

Mice don’t like the odor of fabric softener sheets. Place a few of the sheets in your glove compartment—or anywhere else you’ve noticed mice moving in—to keep them away.

October 19th, 2015|Pest control, Wildlife|0 Comments

Grass clippings as mulch

All through the summer, I pile my grass clippings around my vegetable plants, about 2″ deep. The clippings act as a weed barrier, as a fertilizer, and they help to retain water, too.

October 19th, 2015|Gardening|0 Comments

Drive away critters, both large and small

This will help keeps bears out of your garbage, and drive away mice wherever they turn up:

Place mothballs in a mesh bag. Critters can’t stand the smell and they decamp.

You can find mesh bags at Brookside Hardware in Margaretville.

October 19th, 2015|Pest control, Wildlife|0 Comments

Grow great potatoes

When you mound dirt over your potatoes, add grass clippings to the layers.

The grass clippings provide nutrients and you harvest larger, more delicious potatoes.

October 19th, 2015|Gardening|0 Comments

Kill ants


To keep ants from invading your house, sprinkle Borax powder at the place where they’re coming in.

October 19th, 2015|Pest control|0 Comments

Kill fleas

If your home is infested with fleas, add moth balls to the vacuum cleaner bag.

When you vacuum, it will kill the fleas.

October 19th, 2015|Pest control|0 Comments

Lamb sweaters

Most of my lambs are born in winter and they can freeze to death, so I knit them tiny sweaters out of fleece. After the lamb is cleaned, the sweater absorbs the moisture. I remove the damp sweater and apply a warm, dry one. The sweaters have to be cleaned before using them on another […]

June 30th, 2015|Farming|0 Comments

Lamb parasites

When a lamb is born, the mother sheds a tremendous amount of intestinal parasites. The worms will often overwhelm the lamb and kill it. Therefore, most sheep owners arrange it so the lambs are born in winter. The parasites die in the cold.

June 30th, 2015|Farming|0 Comments

Keep bears out of garbage

They say “a fed bear is a dead bear,” because the animals become a nuisance when they associate humans with food.

If you have to put your garbage out for trash pickup, here’s how to keep bears away:

Drill a hole in the top of your big plastic garbage can.
Soak a sponge in ammonia.
Run a plastic zip tie […]

June 30th, 2015|Wildlife|0 Comments

Ash trees for firewood

If you have to cut down an ash tree, chop it up for firewood right away. You can bust it apart with an axe. If you wait a week or longer to cut it, the wood will be very hard and will burn up your chainsaw blade.

The other thing about ash wood is that it burns hot […]

June 30th, 2015|Energy, Heating|0 Comments