|Marshmallows and Strawberry Twizzlers for bait. We are over-run with raccoons.|
|I could only find one leash. I made do.|
|My arms are significantly longer than they were this morning. Three miles is NOTHING to those dogs.|
|All bow down before King Joe. One nice thing about 2,4-D is that you can quickly tell where you sprayed and where you missed. This is five hours after spraying and it was a cool day.|
Springtime ephemerals (flowers) don't grow in the shade. They grow in the sunlight before deciduous trees' leaves come out.
I downloaded a free light-meter app on my phone and measured some light levels. Using a horizontal, white sheet of paper as a target I measured 230,000 Lux on a slightly hazy day at 2:00 EST. I got 150,000 Lux under the Northern Red Oak and 11,000 Lux in the shade of dense evergreens.
Some gardeners put a huge amount of effort into having four layers of leaves intercept sunlight. They model after a forest with a canopy, short trees, brush and then ephemerals.
My gut feel is that much of that is a waste of time. 11k/230k tells me that only 1/20th of the solar energy is available beneath the canopy after the tallest trees leaf out.
What lower levels can do, however, is they can speed recovery when one of the canopy super-trees dies or blows over.
There is a government funded construction project going on in town.
This ten-yard dumpster is almost full of treated 2X6 "shorts". My guess is that they are 42" long. They would make fabulous stairs.
Casa ERJ will be bereft of feminine influence for a week.
Mrs ERJ is still in un-named state continuing her tender ministrations as an angle of mercy.
Belladonna is flying (on a plane) down to Florida for the week she has between classes.
Kubota and I will be bachelors for a bit.