Common Household Remedies Request
First, on my lethal seafood compost: I had a talk with one of the Elders at the Farmer's Market today, and he said this: The compost wasn't completely "cooked," which is why it heated up! (Exactly as my compost heap does as it turns to soil.) So no wonder the plants hated it, I would too! And the cucurbits, especially, hated it; IIRC they are very sensitive about their roots, especially when being transplanted. I was late ordering, and perhaps that's why I got stuff that was still cooking; scraping the bottom of the pile, as it were. That's also why the compost smelled bad; it wasn't really soil yet, which smells nice. And he says skunks really go for rotting seafood, so I'm lucky none showed up. For the compost that was thinly spread, it seems to have burnt itself out, so the tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, and cukes from flats survived. Today I added more cukes and more peppers. Tomorrow, I will add the last of the tomatoes and rework the squash mounds. They're are still hot -- and I was trying to hard to be nice to my squash! -- and he recommended I bury that compost in a trench. So, at last a tenable theory and by June 28 I seem to have gotten everything going. Now, for the long, long Indian summer, crossed fingers!
Second, on my weird phone problems. I did exactly one thing: I went down the basement, unscrewed a junction box, and screwed it back on because all the wires looked good. I went to bed with the phone saying "Line in use" so I couldn't call out. I got up and found that the phone worked again: A dial tone, and I can get calls in and out. I suppose I have to thank The Phone Gods, or a reader sending some good karma my way.
So, a happier outcome for the compost, with reason; and a happy outcome for the phone, for no reason at all.