How to Keep Raccoons and Other Critters Out of Your Garbage

How to Keep Raccoons and Other Critters Out of Your Garbage

There is nothing worse than going to pull the garbage cans out front on garbage day, only to find that they have been ransacked by critters–critters with an obvious lack of basic table etiquette.  Picking up remnants of garbage is not really my favorite past time–because of the rain, it’s usually a soggy gross mess.

I’ve decided to show the raccoon who’s boss, though.  If you care to band with me against critters eating garbage everywhere, here’s what you do:

  1.  Before you toss the garbage bag into the garbage, spray it with Windex, or ammonia.  It deters the little guys big time.
  2. If you’re not wild about spraying the garbage itself, you’ll have to “fortify the compound.”  Which is really just a nerdy way of saying tie the lid down.  You can chain it with a padlock, though, dialing the combination in every time might get a bit tedious.  You can tie it down using rope or cord.  You can even try putting a cinder block on it, in hopes that your particular raccoon isn’t into weight lifting.
  3. You can also buy raccoon repellent around the can.  I am not wild about this option, because of Lucy, so if you have pets, you may want to consider using hot pepper or cayenne pepper flakes instead.
  4. Keep the garbage can in the garage.  Shut down the restaurant, and they will find themselves a new dining establishment.
  5. Install motion detection lighting around the trash can.  The light popping on will most likely scare them off.

How about you, have you successfully waged war on garbage eating raccoons?

~Mavis

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Ginger From Mississippi Sends in Her Garden and Chicken Pictures

mississippi1A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

~Mavis

Check out reader Ginger’s fun little piece of land!

mississippi6Hey Mavis ~

Thought I’d send you some pics from my little place in the country.

mississippi7The sweltering heat has taken it’s toll on what the little garden is producing, but thought I’d share pics of my “girls” & fruit trees. My peach tree is producing many small peaches. mississippi9This is the first year for the thorn-less black berries & they have been delicious!

mississippi5My granddaughters, Kylie & Abby (both aged 6) love the chickens, and thought up wonderful names for each of them, photo shows them holding Goldie, but others are named Rainbow SnoCone, Nemo, Lulu Snowflake, Golden Mustache, Ringer & Lemon Drop.

mississippi4My chickens include brown egg layers & Easter eggers. They love to hang out on the deck of my vintage travel trailer that I am renovating. The laying box was a piece that had belonged to my mother.

mississippi2The custom art work of Abby’s hangs across from Grandma’s laying box to inspire good egg production, an idea that came from Vicky, on your blog back in Feb. I just LOVE it! mississippi8A cast iron urinal, reclaimed from military barracks destroyed during Hurricane Camille in the late sixties makes a perfect water trough. Carpenter bees are a real problem here. You can see two homemade bee traps hanging beside the hen house. mississippiiAn antique bathtub is the home for my fish & various water plants.

I enjoy your blog & I hope you enjoy these pics.
Ginger
Saucier, MS

mississippiIf you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts – Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Free Kindle Books, DIY Potting Soil, Magazine Deals, School Supplies, Coupons, Recipes and More

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This week seems to be flying by!! Holy cow is it just me or are you hanging around outside every night until dusk puttering around the garden too?

I LOVE this time of year!

Have a great Thursday everyone,  

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – 50% or More Off Backpacks & Bags

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Perfect for a day at the beach or a picnic!!! Amazon has the Wenzel Multi Purpose Ground Mat on sale for just $7.00. The mat measures 19 by 15 inches folded and 78 by 60 inches open. I just grabbed one. :) Free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

DIY - How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

Running low on potting soil? Check out my easy peasy tutorial on How to Make Your Own Potting Soil or Pin it for LaterFind more cool projects on my DIY Pinterest Board

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day – Buy More Save More. Wow! What a great sale!

New Balance Float Slide

6pm has the Men’s New Balance Float Slide on sale for $17.99 shipped.

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 The Crazy 8 Crazy Good Sale just got even better! New and further markdowns are now as low as $3.99!

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Score a pair of Free Baby Leggings. {You just have to pay shipping!} Head on over and click on “Shop Now.” Then select any 5 baby leggings {it’s so hard to choose 5 because they are so cute!} and enter the promo code “ENBABY” and score 100% off the cost of your selected baby leggings – all you pay is about $2.59 a pair for shipping. Makes for a cheap {and super cute} baby gift!

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Here are a few deals on School and office supplies:

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I freakin love quinoa! Are you as obsessed as I am? Check out my recipe for Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

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Check out these Glade New Printable Coupons:

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Victoria, B.C. Flowers, Flowers and More Flowers…

window box ideas

The flowers… they were EVERYWHERE. Seriously, if you are looking for ways to spruce up your window boxes, garden planters or just need some landscaping ideas, Victoria B. C. is the place to go. container garden ideas

It was not humanly possible to walk down a street there and not see flowers.
gorgeous planter boxes

Total flower porn.

black container garden

Did I just say that? 😉pink geraniums in flower garden

This planter with pink geraniums was one of my favorites.  Does anyone know what those tiny white flowers are? I am totally going to plant this combo next year.

black window box filled with petunias

Victoria should be named the flower capital of the world!!
lavender hydrangea bushes

I’ve been a lot of places and I have never seen so many flowers. To say it was lovely would be a total understatement. :) Mavis

 

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The Health Benefits of Spices

The Health Benefits of SpicesEveryone knows they are supposed to eat their veggies, but did you know that “spicing up” your food also packs a nutritional punch?  Spices act as powerful antioxidants {according to nutritionist, Nick Rose, they are even more powerful antioxidants than blueberries and acai berries}.  So, next time you add a little dash of this or that for flavor, you can basically pat yourself on the back for improving your overall health.

Since “variety is the spice of life” {pun intended}, it’s important to use a wide array of spices to get the most nutritional bang for your buck.  Each spice provides different health benefits.

cinnamon breakfast qunioaCinnamon has one of the highest antioxidant properties.  It has been shown to improve blood sugar regulation, prevent/treat diabetes, improve circulation, and lower inflammation–just to name a few.  Plus, it’s pretty darn tasty, so adding it into your oatmeal, coffee, tea, etc. isn’t really that difficult.

Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which has been shown to reduce pain {which is ironic, because depending on your tolerance to hot, they can be quite painful going down} and help to suppress your appetite.

Chickpea Salad with Cumin and LimeCumin is a great source of iron and has antibacterial properties.  Tumeric has such powerful antioxidant properties it has been shown to help fight/prevent cancer.  Ginger can help with upset stomach and fight inflammation, so if you have arthritis or general soreness, adding ginger to your daily regiment may help.

rosemaryRosemary has antifungal and antibacterial properties.  Sage helps with memory {maybe that’s why they call someone a wise sage?} and can help with sore throats.  Saffron will cost you a small fortune, but it is great for fighting depression and PMS.  Parsley has also been shown to slow down or inhibit breast cancer growth.

As an added bonus, adding spices to your food can help you decrease your overall salt intake.  It’s win-win.

So, I guess Hippocrates was right, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

~Mavis

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