Try using hydrated lime to whitewash the walls of your chicken coop and it will help repel insects. You can find it at the local hardware store. Just mix in enough water to get the consistency of paint, brush on one or two coats and let dry. Once a year (on a hot day) hose the whole thing down and re-paint. Easy...
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Bees out and about today Feb. 22 getting some fresh air. Yellow mouse excluder on the hive to keep rodents out during the winter months - works great!
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With Fall planting right around the corner, it was time to re-cover my raised bed "defense system". - This might be an interesting idea to keep the critters out. I think I'll use a wider gauge screen that will allow the bees in, but keep the bunnies and squirrels out.
Plant bee balm & borage to attracting beneficial insects. Borage adds calcium, potassium & other minerals to the soil. Nasturtium planted beneath pear trees & allowed to climb around the tree provides protection from coddling moth & fruit tree borers. Plant legumes to help fix nitrogen. Keep your pear tree and legume watered & fertilized.
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