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Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
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My hubby said that the deer were really eating up the honeysuckle so I went to tie it on the protected side of the fence.  It wasn't deer eating it as there were lots of caterpillars!

The tomato hornworm or one of its relative look alike loves to eat honeysuckle.

I recently had a lot of very large beautiful moths fluttering around the lights at night.  They must have laid their eggs on the honeysuckle.

I have picked off about 20 of them.  I hated dropping them in a bucket of water. If I knew what plants or trees that I have that they might like I would have transferred them to a new restaurant.
10 hours ago

Lukas Rohrbach wrote: So since it all is a chemical issue (salts etc), there must be a way to treat the water, eg by floculation and precipitation or so. Any ideas on that?

There are ways to filter out the chemicals using sand filter and reed beds.  Here are some threads that might help:
11 hours ago
Most of the seeds I plant are very, very small.  The method I have come up with that works best for me is to use a clean, dry spice jar with holes just a little bigger than the seeds.

I usually look at how deep to plant which is usually 1/8 inch.  First, I use a starter mix which usually has perlite and some wood bits.  I use a strainer to strain these out because I don't want them to smother the tiny seeds. So I shake the jar over the area I want to plant. Then, I shake the strainer over the area until I feel I have the correct depth.  I water from the bottom and use a spray bottle to wet the top.  It is important to keep the seeds sprayed to keep the soil moist.

I use this method for planting indoors or outdoors.
11 hours ago
Most plants have some things to offer the world.  What I consider the weed I dislike most has edible seed pods and is a great ground cover.

Many people are rethinking the usefulness of what many call weeds.  Look at the lowly dandelion, for example.  
1 day ago
What a lovely idea!  I wonder how a rosemary rinse would work.  I have a lavender plant though I think the rosemary plant smells so much better.
1 day ago
I don't have a way to make pictures so I will describe how we furnish homes for birds.  We have a lot of the rare Black capped Vireo Endangered Songbird.  They use nest boxes that we build and place in various location on the house.  They also use nests that were already here.

We also have Painted Buntings:


We also have a pair (or maybe more) of Mourning doves which have a nest in our cedar tree.
3 days ago
I am a huge fan of the TV show "Golden Girls" which in my opinion is family oriented.  The girls mention this frequently ... that they are a family.  On one episode, they mention the importance of the grandchildren to learn about their ancestors.

The sitcom features strong-willed Dorothy (Bea Arthur), spacey Rose (Betty White), lusty Southern belle Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and matriarch Sophia (Estelle Getty), Dorothy's mom, occasionally clash but are there for one another in the end.

Here are some fun facts:

4 days ago
Hi, Craig  Welcome to permies!

I added your question to our "tinkering forum" as that is a good place to ask questions about technical site stuff.

I am sorry that I don't have an answer.
Besides giving Vitamin E, you might get some brewer's yeast to give her.

Also feeding your chicks medicated feed can interfere with their thiamine (Vitamin B1) absorption. Adding some Brewer's Yeast, bran, sunflower seeds or wheat germ to their diet can help build up their B1 supply
6 days ago