This will be the last in this series. Maybe. In my spot of New England, carpenter ants, come calling every spring and through out the summer. I have battled them every year I have lived here, which is a few decades. Everyone worries about termites but I think carpenter ants do more damage in half the time.
Even with a few days that have been warm, I still am using the wood-stove for heat. I store my kindling in trash barrels outside to keep the wood dry. When I went to get some from my last barrel, that was against the side of the shed, there were big black carpenter ants in the barrel. In years past I would have used a couple of bug bombs on them. Now, I call over the ladies and dump out the kindling. After kicking the pieces around to reveal the hiding ants I think the ladies got all of them. They will be turning them into my morning breakfast tonight.
They are amazing creatures and so useful.
Tomatoes. I got a late start with starting my tomato seeds this year, 4/3/13 is when I planted most of them. Today I transplanted them to two 9-packs. They look so small. Will they be ready in 4-5 weeks to go into the garden?? They will be ready, might be small, but they’ll be ready. I could always go the a garden center and buy a larger plant. No, I’m too frugal.
The tomatoes are in the front tray, the 3 round cookie containers are my original starting pots. There are more plants in these if I need more. The back tray has my lettuce and basil on the left, then my leeks and finally my sweet potato slips. The slips are big enough to be cut off of the potato and potted. Maybe this weekend.
It is so nice to be playing in the dirt.