Keep mice out of your car

October 19th, 2015|

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.

Grass clippings as mulch

October 19th, 2015|

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.

Drive away critters, both large and small

October 19th, 2015|

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.

Grow great potatoes

October 19th, 2015|

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.

Kill ants

October 19th, 2015|


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

Kill fleas

October 19th, 2015|

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

When you vacuum, it will kill the fleas.

Lamb sweaters

June 30th, 2015|

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 […]

Lamb parasites

June 30th, 2015|

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.

Keep bears out of garbage

June 30th, 2015|

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 […]

Ash trees for firewood

June 30th, 2015|

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 […]