Sunday, September 6, 2015

Wins and Losses

Win:  Sally 1 :  chipmunks  0

  This tube finally defeated the little critters.  The birds are delighted.

Loss:  Canadian thistles  50:  Sally  10

This view of the Canadian thistle root systems tells the whole story of why it's so hard to discourage them in the garden.  You can't pull them out, which only stimulates the roots to send up 10 more in its place.  I'm gaining ground in the entire battle, but like some of our skirmishes in foreign lands, I'm not sure I will ever win. I may need to accept that it will go on for years.

1 comment:

Tim Richardson said...

I know a lot of people feel really strong about things like RoundUp, but there comes a time when chemistry may be needed. Penicillin,and advanced antibiotics are all harmful drugs under lots of circumstances, but I assure you that given the choice between them and a raging, life-threatening infection, the antibiotics are most likely going to be seen as the best choice. It's not the careful and intelligent use of chemistry which is the danger, it is the indiscriminate use which causes us problems.