Farming Advice and Folklore: Spring Chores, Flower Bed Protection and Dishwasher Trout

Farming advice and folklore from MOTHER and her readers, including shortcuts to spring chores, a flowerbed protector, cooking trout in the dishwasher and using glue, salt, geritol and cat litter for cleaning.

| February/March 1996

MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share their farming advice, fun tips and country folklore, including shortcuts to spring chores, a flowerbed protector and cooking trout in the dishwasher. 

MOTHER's Country Farming Advice and Folklore

Shortcuts to Spring Chores 

It was with a great deal of interest that I read the piece submitted by Ms. Carol S. Larson of Harvard, IL dealing with the utilization of discarded carpet as a permanent mulch in the garden ["Country Lore," MOTHER EARTH NEWS NO. 152]. During the early and mid 1960s, I assisted my grandmother in her garden, where carpet was utilized for just the purpose Ms. Larson speaks of.

As a resident of the Blue Ridge foothills here in Northwest Georgia, I would add one enjoinder to Ms. Larson's suggestion. Any one who would utilize carpet remnants for mulch in an area inhabited by venomous members of the crotalid family would do well to forego any carpet of a pattern or coloration resembling that of the indigenous reptiles. My Cisco, Georgia, garden is located next to a hollow that harbors a spring and a creek. The extremely dry summer we recently experienced witnessed many a copperhead and an occasional rattlesnake utilizing the garden for provender. I have been more successful in avoiding contact with these fellows since using the polypropylene type synthetic backing—a material that allows passage of water and fairly good weed suppression. This material has also allowed me to rapidly identify those members of the crotalid family touring my garden and humanely remove them back to the hollow from whence they came (As a silver medalist in the Southeast Asia War Games of 1960 through 1975, I am reluctant to dispatch any creature for merely being itself.).

Thank you for an extremely informative publication.

Joseph R. Dombroski
Chatsworth, GA

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