Last year, I had an ant problem and tried to resolve it by putting a line around the house made of very hot red peppers, African bird peppers. Not many crossed the line, but it didn't hold up particularly well so this year, I have a new plan: mint.
I know we are supposed to be very careful of what we think lest what we see in our minds comes to pass. Mint is allegedly invasive. [Off the record, I need to be invaded!] Intuition in order, I correctly planted pennyroyal around my compost bin, you know the one the mice couldn't find when it was moved.
Pennyroyal supposedly deters flies and mosquitoes as well as ticks, gnats, fleas, moths, and chiggers. Spearmint is said to have similar powers but my intent had been to make sure the odor of the decomposing leaves and kitchen scraps would not offend anyone. Now, however, comes the good one: peppermint is supposed to keep both mice and ants at bay, as well as lice, fleas, and moths, all the things one does not want in the house and it is apparently safe to plant this near the foundation of the house. I plan to keep my rocks -- I think it's called French drain but it doesn't work -- in place and to start the mint a foot or so away from the foundation, because watering near the foundation is not brilliant even if the foundation wall is supposedly sealed. Mold survivor speaketh, anyone hearing?
I have a gazillion types of mint, the Horizon Herb set with five mints that I am anxious to see flowering along with some exotics that I couldn't resist when I read about them -- and, of course, the Corsican mint ground cover that I really wish would become invasive . . . hear ye, hear ye! Photos in a few months!
Remember, bees love mint, especially licorice mint which is also one of my favorites,
This year I have been far better prepared than in years past and I have over 300 tiny pots started in the house, including almost everything on the bee list:
Three people responded to my invitation to podcast and I uploaded the first today:
For those who have personal questions and who don't mind a little exposure, this might be an interesting route. Most of you know that my best friend's name is Gail and though she has a Texas drawl, this Gayle is not the same Gail -- lest anyone think the fishing pond is really that, that tiny! The file is 100 MB and I am trying to figure out a way to stream it but am not there yet. I have posted an S.O.S. online.
Lastly, I want to thank all those who are rooting for Tundra. She tells the animal communicator that this is a journey and when queried about the nature of the journey, the answer is exactly what you expect: a journey of knowing! She started eating a bit last night and a little more this morning and quite a bit more this afternoon. We are not talking about a ravenous wolf but little bites, much better than a few days ago. I do believe she is out of body a lot. There is not a trace of pain or anxiety so I am just accompanying her on this journey and learning what I can and providing whatever support I think she can use. I am sure many of you have done the same for family, friends, and pets so there is nothing to report here except we are both very grateful for your suggestions and caring.