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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 10:10 am 
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Hello Everyone,

I just joined today and am very anxious to read your good tips and advice. I started going organic about four years ago when my son gave me a Howard Garrett book for Mother's Day. It was also about the time we acquired Rocket, our box turtle that lives in the backyard. He moves from bed to bed, eating up the insects as he goes. This time of year is always full of anticipation as we wait for him to come out of hibernation. We had our first sighting a week ago. I was getting worried because I had already spotted a toad a few weeks prior, and the geckos have also been seen. We live in a heavily populated area of North Fort Worth, so I'm proud of the turtle and toads we've been able to keep. I've imported the toads yearly from a friend who lives in the country, but every year I would hear them at night a few houses down where the neighbors have a pool!

I love my "critters", and hope the organic gardening method will not only keep them from being harmed, but work well in combating the pests. As someone who is not very knowledgable about the program, I'm looking forward to your discussions.

Mary Andrews


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:07 am 
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Welcome.
Do you have any water in your backyard? Toads need to lay their eggs in water.
Tony M


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The only water at ground level is a planter saucer that is in one of the garden beds that I keep out for the turtle. The major project for this year is putting in a small pond, which we haven't gotten to yet. I have plenty of rock for the project, which is where I saw the first toad of the year warming himself in the sun. As much as I love the rocks, they also seem to attract the ants. I'm not sure how to tackle this problem. Most of the rocks in the yard are large and too heavy to move. I have orange oil, garlic tea, and garlic/pepper tea, but I can't pour directly on the mounds. Some smaller rocks that I have been able to move have ant tunnels underneath them. I'm guessing the ants like the rocks as well for their warmth, and also protection from the rain?


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