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I split the site into 2, moved the garden, butterflies, biochar, grow-lights, and gardening for cats, to Some of the links on this page will point to the gardening page.

Christine DeMerchant's Web Page

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Companion Planting helps Protect Asparagus from Spotted Asparagus Beetle

Parsnip flowers attracted wasps that completely cleared asparagus beetle caterpillars from my asparagus

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Controlling Snails and Slugs

Much to my surprise my chard and beet were barely touched by the slugs and snails. This is why.

tulip tree

How to Grow Tulip Trees

Tulip trees are beautiful, fast growing stately trees. Here's how to grow them.


Rescue and release of 5 baby Cottontail Rabbits

I looked after and released 5 baby cottontail rabbits.

DIY bird feeder hanger

DIY Squirrel and Raccoon proof bird feeder hanger

I made a DIY squirrel/raccoon proof bird feeding station to hang all my bird feeders. It's a great success.


Ticks on Cats

My page on Tick. Since ticks bite pretty much everybody indiscriminately it is a useful page for cats and dogs as well as humans. Life cycle, diseases ticks carry, some control.

scamp navigation

Scamp Navigation Page. The list was getting too long.

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Squirrel Proof Peanut Butter Feeder

Simple way to fill the Feeder

I like to feed peanut butter but squirrels had become so clever I had to up the antes and build a squirrel proof feeder. It's like trying to build a better mousetrap. So far it's working!
I even figured out a way to fill it without having to take a bath after.

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Jigs, Storage, Tools, Mousetraps, Rust Cleaning and other bits and bobs

A bunch of things I have made or used that have worked well for me. They end up as orphans on the website but they are interesting enough to be looked at occasionally.

apple pie tender

Wooden Boat Plans suitable for use as a Tender

A whole lot of links to boat plans which would work well as tenders. Some free. Many different boatbuilding methods including stitch and glue, strip building and ultralight skin on frame

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I built a no kill mouse trap

I built a no kill mouse trap and caught 12 mice in 2 weeks

canna lilies

Growing Canna Lilies from Seeds

Although it's faster to use tubers, Canna Lilies are easy to start from seeds and much cheaper.

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Working on the Topside

My SCAMP is turned over and I've been working on finishing the topside


How to check your cat for ticks and how to remove them.

Spring has sprung, sort of, and ticks are starting to show up. Time to check the critter for ticks. New page tells you how to check and remove ticks.

treating fleas in cats

Improved article on Treating Fleas on cats

Getting Rid of Fleas in the House

It's time to treat the cats for fleas. I've improved and updated the page and added a new page on how to treat the home for fleas.

What is that boat called? A dictionary on types of boats

Boat types and names are confusing, here is an attempt at figuring out what was what. This page is the result on my own notes trying to figure out different types of boats. It's a bit clearer now.

It's Springtime and the Dogs and Cats will be spending more time outside. It's time to start treating everyone for fleas and ticks.

starting seeds

What seeds need to germinate

What do seeds need to come up quickly and produce healthy seedlings. Why are some seed so difficult to grow? This article looks at some regular and some exceptional requirements for seed germination.

I don't usually allow guest speakers on my website but I made an exception. It's a great project. He's the kind of teacher I would have liked to have.
building a pirate racer

Springhouse Community School build a Bolger Pirate Racer

He includes a Kickstarter appeal, throw a few dollars his way. He's making a better world for us.

clamp rack

I finally made myself a Clamp Rack

Finally after many years, I finally gave up the "chuck everything into a milk crate" school of clamp storage and made myself a rack. It's got wheels too!

wood scraper

I bought a new scraper and I'm thrilled

In an effort to make cleaning up and finishing epoxy easier I got myself a new silicon carbide blade scraper. I'm thrilled with the stupid scraper. Go figure!

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I link to some Products. I try to find links that are relevant, of acceptable quality and interesting. It helps pay for the website. I have tried some of the products but not all. I do not recommend any product unless otherwise stated. Let me know if you've had a bad experience with one of my links and I'll remove it.