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The Adams County Record Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Page 9 Bear Facts Traffic ar , By Tina Warner- 258-4471 Sauni McGahey spent the past week in Boise where she is enjoying the time with her grand- daughter, Emily. Sauni had an appointment with her doctor, and then she and Emily will both return to Bear since Emily's school year ended last week. Joe and Ben Warner, and Nan Rankin and LowellBen's children Oscar and Tietje entertained Dan Eva. McGahey and Tina Dennis Edwards drove Warner for dinner oneup from Boise Sunday day last week. Thursday afternoon to check- evening Tina returnedon their place here. He the favor and had Nan, returned home Sunday Lowell, Ralph Carson,evening and took some horse tack for his daugh- ter and husband. Ron and Jan Young drove in from their winter home in California with two vehicles and a load behind each. They are here until November, Jan said. Her sister accompa- nied them for the sum:. mer. Kathy Hogan is enjoy- ing a vacation on the Oregon Coast. She plans to be there for another week or so before she returns to her home in Cuprum. Traffic over the week- end was heavy with many wood getters and many for mushrooms, which are reported to be thick. Or maybe they are just here for the drive, which is truly beautiful this time of year in spite of the rain. Garden Corner on By Myrna Weikal -- 355-5829 - mweikal@mtecom.ne (. The question ants on peonies turns out to have more than one answer. Two people wrote and a third called to say that ants are beneficial to peonies. Julie Loustalot, a visitor from Oregon, wrote, "In a gardening class I took recently, ants were discussed in relation to peonies. We were told that the ants are necessary for the peony flowers to bloom. The ants eat the hard outer covering on the bud, thus allowing the flower to open and bloom. Without the ants the flowers won't open:' Joyce in Weiser says, "From what I was told by my Mother, ants are necessary to peonies. The ants eat the shroud or covering that prevents the blooms from about extending. Without ants, remains is not so much the flower cannot emerge whether the ants are from its protective outer necessary or not, as how shell. I don't know if this is fact but I tended to believe my Mom and it sounds plausible to me." Vernon Snapp of Midvale said he did an internet search and found the same answer. I went to the Heartland Peony Society website and read this: "It is believed that peonies produce small amounts of nectar and other ant attractants to encourage ants to help in opening the dense double flower buds found in many peonies... Some people think ants are required to open the flowers, but this does not to appear to be true:' Who you gonna believe, Morn or some internet guy? The question that to bring the peonies indoors without bringing ants along with them to march across the dinner table, and this is what I found: "pick the buds when they start to show color but are not opening just yet; when they feel kind of like marshmallows. The ants are easy to remove being on the outside only and the peonies last that much longer in the vase." Now for the question about ants on trees, I received this email from Becky Watson: "We use Tanglefoot on our trees to stop the ants from climbing up. Put it around the trunk of the trees. We also use thin copper sheet metal cut to stop the snails:' I had never heard of Tanglefoot, so I looked it up. It is a sticky substance made of gums and resins that contains no pesticides. It forms a barrier on tree trunks "effective against insects that must climb the _tree trunks to feed, mate or deposit eggs and is listed by the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic gardening. Tree Tanglefoot helps protect valuabletrees and reduce future p0pulatjons of pests such as gypsy moths, cankerworms, pecan and root weevils, ant, tent and army caterpillars, tussock moths, webworms, black vine weevils and climbing cutworms." I wish I'd known about it when I planted new fruit trees, but I don't suppose it's too late to apply it now. Another pesticide-free method of insect control on trees is to make milk jug bug traps. You make a solution of 1/3 water, 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 sugar - about 2 cups of each per gallon. Hang the jug in the lower crotch of the tree, secured with a piece of twine. Throw out jugs, bugs and all at the end of the season. I spent last weekend working on a very heavy, sweaty landscaping project, so I was grateful for the cloudy, cool, windy weather. Now the project is finished and I'm ready for some sunshine, as are all the farmers with hay on the ground. As soon as I see a couple of days over 80 degrees I will plant my cucumbers, squash and beans, and transplant my eggplants. When it warms up we can expect to see the other pests that plague our vegetable gardens, so here again are recipes for home-made insect sprays. Tobacco tea: 1/2 handful chewing tobacco wrapped in cheese cloth, soaked in 1 gallon hot water until dark brown*. Then mix 1 cup Murphy's soap with 1 cup antiseptic mouth wash and 1 cup of the tobacco tea. Mix together in a 20 gal hose end sprayer and soak plants to the point of runoff. Insect Spray: 6 cloves of garlic, chopped fine; 1 small onion, chopped fine; 1 T cayenne pepper; 1 T liquid dish soap. Mix together with 1 quart of warm water and let sit overnight. Strain and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Cambridge Senior Chatter by ]anice Vuich Cawyer -- 257-3358 Finally, a sunny day that promises to be warm! The weather app on my computer says that the next week or so should be in the 70's to low 80'S, and all I can say is "it's about time." None of my plants have been growing that well, and my poor little Clematis has barely sent a shoot up above the ground. I guess I should be grateful that it's not broiling hot yet, but it's almost the beginning of summer already. My husband's daughter, Becky, came up this past week for a visit with our grand daughter Allison. I suggested that it might be fun to take her fishing since June 9th was a free fishing day, but it was cold and windy so they went out to breakfast instead. Maybe they will have better luck next year. I got a call from the Salubria Center this past week and was informed that our Wheel Chair lift is broken. It took me several hours of calling and being shuffled from one place to the next to finally find a place in Boise that has a certified lift mechanic. I will be taking the van into Boise this week to see if they can fix the problem. How this bodes for the planned trip to Baker City, I don't know. We will just have to wait and see if the problem can be fixed in a timely manner. Of course, that is assuming that we have enough people signed up to take trip. To date I've only heard from two people who are interested. While there is no charge for the trip, we still have to carry enough people to warrant paying the driver. I will let you know this next week, whether the trip is on or not. Remember the food clinic has switched to Mondays for the foreseeable future, and as always, you need an appointment. Our Pantry will be held on Thursday, June 28th from 3 to MCPAWS BARK! 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