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  1. @dblhauler oh geez definitely just a hobby :). Thanks for the kind words tho!(☞゚ヮ゚)☞ The folks who are actual degreed meteorologists(and do it for paid work everyday) are years/decades beyond my amateur shtick. Maybe the best analogy? is a decent hobbiest surfcaster/striper fisherman....vs. a commercial fisherman--->or better yet-- a comm fisherman w/a 4 yr degree in marine biology : a guy who's out there every day with his house on the line, based on his oceanic forecasting abilities.
  2. Depending on the forecast probably sometime next week. Peppers too. Probably put my cantaloupes & winter squash out under row covers at that time as well. This week Friday looks chilly, and Sat chilly and rainy. No good. After that.. temps rebound back to 70s inland where I am, which should help bump soil temps back in right direction. Hasn't been a ton of movement in that department over past 10days. (Note the color temperature 'scale' they use is shifted between the 2 dates, so the colors arent apples-to-apples) Looking ahead for rest of month planting weather: at least at this time, the outlook favors a normal to slightly mild pattern. Don't see any signals for big heat though. Hopefully that chilly and unstable "blue" pool of air up in Canada stays well north: On the off chance it moves down closer to NE, heat loving transplants like 'maters and cukes more likely to just plod along until the heat arrives, and direct-sow seed germination for things like beans will be much slower. Really need good heat and warm soil for speedy and successful seed germination.
  3. "Hello, I'd like to report a murder." (ᐛ)
  4. I like to wait some with the heat loving varieties until the soil warms a little more. Other guys put them out practically as soon as last frost is over. Different strokes. Fwiw, the 2" soil temps have been steady at around 56 in that region of mass. Thats a little cool for cuke transplants imo, and definitely cool for starting cuke seeds. Could get away with transplants esp tomotoes, but I'd hold off on cuke seeds if you're starting those outside. One other thing is planting weather: remnants of a Gulf of Mexico system could be in area next weekend for at least a shot at soaking rain in SE New England. Still a big question mark though.
  5. That really looks great, Rob. One of these years I've got to plant some myself.
  6. ^^Frickin Zane Grey over here?? > Maps are like, what--19th century technology? I dont leave the house til my friend posts he has one on- and says if I hurry down, I can reel it in
  7. @Steve in Mass Bulk compost is defintely the best and cheapest option for improving soil in most gardens, but I'm not sure about for topping off/loosening up 2 small raised beds. Could grab 5ft for 5 bucks and be done with it. Prob have to pull some of the old dirt out to fit 5ft in, or just dump the excess in flower beds if you have em. The promix doesnt have any nutrients or humus like compost though, it's only straight peatmoss. I like to mix in a *little* for better root aeration and water drainage if the soil is heavy. But too much/way overdone peatmoss and the soil dries too fast and you lose the nutrient rich soilbase. Basically growing in sterile potting mix at that point
  8. haha-not sure how valuable half of it is.. could probably add a bunch of my sol posts to your garden in place of manure:) Anyways, made the garden center rounds today myself. The "promix" at Lowes actually has mycorrhizae in it, so for all intents it's the same as the promix bx you find at the grow store. Except it's 25% cheaper. At Lowe's it's 15 bucks for a 2cu/ft brick. At the grow store it's 40 bucks for 3.8cu/ft of BX. Looks like this^ Also, the composted manure at Lowes is $3/bag. If you're at Home Depot, they sell a nice product that is a very good soil builder. Scotts Humus + Manure. $3/bag. The Scotts product is nice because you can add more of it to your garden to improve the soil without going overboard with fertilizer. It's 1/3rd the fertilizer strength of composted manure, so you could add 2 bags a box.. then add in some promix to loosen everything up a bit.
  9. Yes.. 'the military' has a poor record (at best) when it comes to chemical safety. And if the only information available about permethrin was a simple green light go-ahead from the military, I'd be just as skeptical. Thankfully though, we as consumers can access decades of study from countless independent agencies (not hand-on-the-scale studies by DOW chemical) that have examined how permethrin interacts with humans and animals, and how it behaves in the environment. We're not talking Agent Orange dioxins here, Bob! :). It's a synthetic variant of a substance naturally produced in Chrysanthemums. Part of the pyrethrin family of compounds. "Permethrin was discovered in 1973. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system." Whatever someone feels comfortable with though.
  10. @mikez2 yeah, thats an important point about the car. Used to be a somewhat common thing for me to be driving home or even the next day and I'd notice a tick on his marathon run up my leg. Now I just remove outerwear and boots and stuff them into separate covered plastic bins before getting on with the driving
  11. Univ of Rhode Island's permethrin sheet.
  12. Soil looks nice and loamy. Should be in decent shape without much modification at all. Couple thoughts- Nice job on the turning over part. From start to finish in a garden, loose and airy soil = good. Stepped on, compacted soil = bad. Because the newly turned over loose soil will settle some with watering etc, you can afford to top off those beds a bit. Normal/Easy/Cheap plan Go to Lowes. Grab a bag of *composted cow manure for each bed. Some Lowes also carry cubelike bags of "ProMix", which is a peat moss based compressed block that you bust up loose and then mix very very well into native soil. Can help with aeration. Promix is already ph balanced with lime so I use it in place of standard peatmoss bricks to lighten soil if the soil is heavy. Maybe split one brick between the 2 beds. Could add 1 bag of composted cow manure/bed. Then grab the pitchfork and fork the Phukc out of it. Fork it/turn it over like no tomorrow. It's a pain in the a$ s to mix new stuff in well, but worth it in the end. And mixing goes much easier with dry soil vs after a rain Go Nutso/Specialty/Not Cheap plan Go to pot growshop and pick up a bale of PROMIX BX. Unlike the standard promix product at Lowes, the "BX" brick is laced with mycorrhizae-- a symbiotic fungus that aids root health and function. The growshop bricks are also twice the size(and price) vs the 'half bricks' at Lowes. So apply down accordingly into the beds. Next, while you're there.. if you recently won a few bucks on a scratcher.. grab 1or2 40lb bags of worm castings. Each bed could take 1/2, to 1 bag max. Add to that 1/2 to 1 bag of elcheapo Lowes composted cow manure and you're good to go..... the shed to grab the fork, to fork the fphork out of your new additives :). Once you've worked so hard to loosen and mix the beds, just dont step on it and compress the soil back to rock during the growing season. Your plants will thank you.
  13. If it works for you in real-world(not lab), in-the-field applications, for sure definitely continue to use it. Even going by the most pessimistic lab results, DEET does have some tick repellent properties. Doused it on myself to repell ticks for many years(before I switched to permethrin). Used to saturate/soak my lower third w/DEET to fish a late spring striper spot whose access required a bushwhack through tick central. Long pants, tucked socks, and boots, all completely drenched in DEET did seem to help. As far as my DEET 'warning'..just being cautious using an admitedly conservative (state)lab-based opinion. Honestly makes me feel sick to see adults and kids cut down for months or years (or life), with these devastating tick-based diseases.. so my opinion on the DEET/tick issue is very cautious. As for hot weather bushwhacking, I stick with lightweight breathable fabric pants over shorts. Not as comfortable as shorts to be sure, but with anything ticks.. I go overboard for protection rather than under.
  14. Because DEET is such a poor tick repellant, it's wise to consider yourself completely unprotected if that's all you use--even if you head into the woods with Deepwoods OFF absolutely dripping off your pants and socks. Ticks can walk right over a puddle of liquid DEET. In contrast, when they step onto a heavy swath of dried permethrin they typically fall right off, because they are dying
  15. It's important to understand that different animals have different nervous systems, so chemicals that are highly toxic to one species may be almost neutral to another. Here's a clip from the MSDS on 10% permethrin. It is highly toxic to fish(as well as ticks). • The LD50 for bluegills: 1.8 micrograms dissolved in 1 liter of water will kill 50% of them • LD50 for birds(bobwhite quail) is greater than 10,000 milligrams/kg of body mass. There are 1000 micrograms/milligram. So the LD50 for a 2.2 pound quail requires a dose approximately 18 million times larger than that for a fish. Permethrin is not carcinogenic to humans. Toxicity MSDS The Oral LD50 for 10% permethrin for humans is >500mg/kg. So a 220lb guy would have to swallow over 50 grams of the stuff. Or inhale 10grams of heavy mist. Or bathe his skin in over 100grams of the liquid. Bottom line is: it is only a mildly toxic product for humans and then only in extreme quantities...but completely lethal for ticks. That is why we can douse our clothes in it (*then let dry before wearing*) and be absolutely fine, while ticks take just a few steps onto the dried treated clothing and their nervous system immediately implodes. I would strongly recommend using this product if you are an outdoorsman. The quantified risk differential is just massive: between a low toxicity insecticide and an extremely devastating and life altering group of tick driven diseases Edit: for fishermen and aquarium owners--just dont go spraying or dumping this stuff directly into the water. One spray into your aquarium would probably off the whole bunch. And dumping an entire container into a small farm pond would likely do the same. But because the bodies of water you normally fish have so many hundreds of thousands or millions of liters of water for dilution, the infinitesimal amounts that leach into water from permethrin dried and fixed onto your clothing aren't an issue. That said, if you're handling a fish for release and wearing treated clothing, I would advise against laying the fish directly against your pants. That might not work out so well for the fish