I have been looking forward to another campfire! I set out the other night into the backyard with matches, bug spray, and materials to work on painting/decorating my (pvc pipe) didgeridoo while sitting by the fire.
As I set down what I was carrying, a large bee charged toward me. I moved out of its way and it circled back toward me, buzzing loudly. I had already used some of the natural bug spray which typically works so well, but I think I’ve found an insect it does not repel.
I adjourned, resolving to use a different, less fruity-smelling bug spray the next time I approach the fire pit. I just got stung by one of these fellows a few weeks ago, and the stinger was so large I could not get it out on my own. I had to have it cut out of my hand and then get stitches…. tough to believe, but it happened.
Say the title five times fast! Come on, I dare you….
it’s a tongue twister 😉 It’s also something I’m considering currently. The fire pit has had its first fire, complete with S’mores! It was a roaring, sizzling success. When I got it going (with no liter fluid nor starter log! those are not my style), smoke and steam billowed out from under the edge of the bowl, which was somewhat unnerving! My guess is that it was due to evaporation of water between the lip of the bowl and the frame it rests in.
The newest development is that around the fire pit little weeds have been ‘planted’ by birds passing overhead. This was not a problem when the ground-cover was comprised of leaves and sticks… and it’s making me consider whether mulch is not a bad idea after all.
I don’t know what some of the ‘volunteer’ plants are, but some are pokeweed, which is Very invasive and nearly impossible to get rid of.
These plants are worse than roaches. They Must be dug out with a shovel, making sure you get the ENTIRE root. Otherwise, a bit of the root stays and you’ll be picking pokeweed from the exact same spot each week, and it will return again the following year. They get really tall…. at least 8 feet. Their berries not only fall right under the plant, so that you’ve got tons more in the same area, but birds are quite fond of them, too and spread them by eating them and then flying over. Pokeweed grows really fast, using up lots of nutrients from the soil, and the entire plant is poisonous to humans.
Ready to help me eradicate pokeweed? 😉 Kidding, but I hope these tips prove helpful if you, too, are dealing with this plant overtaking your lovely yard.