Archive for July, 2013

Maine the Way Life Should Be.  That is our state slogan.  Many people visit our great state.  Tourist season starts around Memorial Day and continues through Labor Day.  Lines are longer most anywhere you go and we grumble but tourists help offset our taxes with the monies they spend while visiting.

However, the tourists I am talking about are from away.  Places like Colorado and Japan.  If you are a gardener you know the visitors I am talking about.  They arrive around the 4th of July and stay until the gardens are about harvested.  Yup, I am referring to the dreaded Japanese Beetle and the Colorado Potato Beetle.  Voracious eaters of the worst kind.

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The Colorado Potato Beetle attacks my potatoes every year with an appetite rivaling my 15 year old at a KFC buffet.  I religiously scour my rows upon rows of spuds with a container of soapy water and brush the buggers into it.  I mean tourists come for our water, right?  This year there have been fewer of the adult beetles but a cubic shit ton of larvae.  Now how you can have one without the other is a question that I have been pondering lately.  I am assuming they have been fornicating in the cover of darkness, laying their eggs and heading to Mt. Katahdin before I can send them to the Soapy Beach.

My other nemesis:

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These guys love my raspberries.  I have given my grapes up to them but, noooo they want my razzes. Using the same method of control as with the potato bugs I attempt to at least put a small dent in the population.  When brushing them into the suds I always, always look for the orgies.  I mean I might as well get more bang for my buck, too.  When there are only two doing the nasty, I aim for both, but definitely want the bottom bug.  She will lay the future bearers of destruction.  These things live to eat and fornicate, I wonder how many men in the world have wanted to come back as Japanese Beetles.  Hmmm, perhaps that is why there are so many.

How do you control your “tourists”?

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And since I have not posted words in a long time here a few pictures to show you around, maybe make you smile.  Our farm in pictures:

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Please do not use these photos without permission, they are the property of the photographer and Butting Heads Farm. Thank you very much!

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