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Plantidote of the day 2011-06-25

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When I think of summer solstice I think of those lazy, hazy days of summer, what could be better than hanging around a pond? My friend is enjoying one of the few sunny days we've had here. Don't forget to add a mosquito dunk (bacillus thuringiensis v. israelensis) to the pond.
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Submitted by lambert on

Wish I had a toad, though, to eat bugs and maybe slugs. No water feature for a frog!

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I'd have frogs, even if I didn't have a water feature. They live in the drainage ditches at the street. My "pond" is a 3 foot diameter tub, originally purchased for a lotus, which I killed. :( You can try to attract a toad by using a clay flowerpot turned upside down. (You have to put a doorway in it) Place it in the shade and keep it somewhat damp.

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Submitted by twig on

A toad house sounds like hours of fun, at least for those of us who are easily entertained.