Debbie Ann wrote: Everything in my gardens were covered in pill bugs and earwigs and lots of other bugs. They never stopped at the compost! They ate everything and multiplied like crazy. After a year I got control of all but the pill bugs. They have been wreaking havoc ever since. They still rule my gardens and I can only do what they will let me. I wrote about it in this companion thread. https://permies.com/t/180638/shade-important-hot-climates So I can't use mulch and I keep my compost far away from my vegies.
Debbie Ann wrote:
Nicole Alderman, I would love to have a couple of ducks or any kind of fowl! I think it would be terrific to to have a couple of little dudes or dudettes wandering around the garden with me. I haven't considered it for a few reasons. I would have to take the time to learn so much about their care and feeding and I'm always short of time. And I don't know that I could keep them safe from predators. My 6' chain link fence with 2' of supplemental chicken wire keeps most animals out but right now I'm being harassed by a nasty raccoon. And I regularly see hawks flying low through the yard. They mostly go after the pigeons (easy meal for them) but they're pretty aggressive and don't back off or give up easily, especially if you interrupt their meal! And I think it would be a bit expensive to feed them since there is nothing they could forage here.
Debbie Ann wrote: Where do you get your ducks from? Never bought a live duck before!
Nicole Alderman wrote:
Debbie Ann wrote: Everything in my gardens were covered in pill bugs and earwigs and lots of other bugs. They never stopped at the compost! They ate everything and multiplied like crazy.
I'm not sure if this would help, but my mallard-type ducks LOVE pillbugs/rollypollies/isopods/potato bugs/what-ever-they're-called-regionally. Sluggo also works on them. Mallard ducks probably wouldn't care for the super-hot heat in your hot spot (mine were unhappy when we got to 110ish last year), but maybe muscovies ducks can handle the heat better?
Erik van Lennep wrote:Maybe lizards would work better than ducks there? What other local critters munch bugs? How to make them feel welcome?
Debbie Ann wrote:
I'm looking for some/any kind of use for this 'hot spot' or even better would be a way to cool it down so I can grow more but I might be hoping for too much. And when it's 110* in the rest of the yard for days and days on end, it's closer to 120* here in the 'hot spot'. It's hard to get anything to grow at all until I find a way to cool it down, either naturally or artificially. But I keep trying!