Archive for the ‘Anecdotal’ Category

A backyard hazard?

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

There are many warnings flying around the internet that aren’t worth your worry, but if your dog seems to get an upset stomach for no apparent reason, check what’s in your garden. It might be Cocoa Mulch.
Claim: Theobromine, a chemical found in cocoa mulch, can be harmful to pets.

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Spring is on its way!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

I saw some crocuses pushing up through the recently thawed (again) soil and, while it is still February, can finally see an end to this winter.  One side benefit of the deep freezes we had this winter is that the cold *might* have killed most of the crane fly larvae.  Last fall, the crane flies were so thick in places that I couldn’t help but to breathe them in while scooping in backyards.

I will check in at the Cooperative Extension and give you a more definitive answer on whether the cold killed the crane flies.