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Spring has sprung and (to my surprise) so has the container garden I planted a month ago.
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Let’s be clear, I’ve killed every plant that has ever been gifted to me, including multiple cacti. One might wonder how someone goes about killing a plant that needs virtually no water or attention and my answer is simple: sheer neglect.
But since our Pick Fresh book is coming out 4/16, I decided to try my green thumb. I’ve often scoffed at gardeners, digging in the dirt for hours on end, all for the end result of a few measly bulbs. But, vegetable gardening I decided I could get on board with since the end result is something I can eat.
So I took some notes from gardening goddess Mary Beth Shaddix, and planted a spring container garden (because that’s what you do when your backyard is concrete) including beets, radishes, spinach, green beans, and snap peas. A month later, all seedlings have sprouted! So unless mother nature throws me a curve ball and freezes my plants, I should be on track for harvest in another month or so. I have big plans for my fruitful garden, including Lemony Snap Peas and Potato-Beet Gnocchi.
Pick Fresh is a beautiful book that pairs fresh garden bounty with seasonal recipes. One thing I am loving about the book is how the recipe are separated by vegetables, so you can easily plan meals based on what is growing in your garden. Each vegetable chapter also has an easy growing guide, and of course there is a lot of supplemental gardening information at the end of the book.
What's growing in your spring garden?
Cutworms can be a major annoyance in the garden, particularly for young seedlings or transplants. Here’s how to identify, prevent, and get rid of cutworms in your garden.
What Are Cutworms?
“Cutworm” is the name used for the larvae of a number of moth species. The adult moths lay eggs on plant debris from spring through fall. Some species’ eggs hatch in spring and summer, while others hatch in the fall, with the larvae overwintering in the soil or a woodpile.
Cutworms do the most damage early in the gardening season, when they emerge and feed on seedlings. Cutworms are caterpillars, but they are often mistaken for the grubs of beetles such as Japanese beetles (which are damaging in their own right).
My Spring Garden: Tales from a Plant Killer - Recipes
I love when the weather warms and I find myself digging in the dirt of my garden again. And while in the early spring I can't yet plant most of our vegetables and herbs, I can weed.
While weeds in the dirt can usually be removed by a good grip and pull (this works especially well after it has rained), weeds in the cracks of our patio and driveway can be a real pain.
Enter this homemade weed killer. Made of simply white vinegar, lemon juice and dish soap, it does a wonderful job in making weed removal a cinch.
Homemade Earth-Friendly Weed Preventer
1/2 gallon white vinegar
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon dish soap (*not* dishwasher detergent)
Gather all the ingredients:
Combine in a jug for a good shake and storage. You can write the ingredient list on the bottle for easy refilling:
Add to a squirt bottle or garden sprayer (if you invest in one with a pump it makes life easier, but a regular squirt bottle can work great too--just make sure no little lemon seeds get in the bottle!):
**This concoction works best on a sunny, warm, preferably hot, day. But I've used it when it is only in the 60s and it still works. But the sun is key.
**Just like conventional weed killers, sometimes nasty weeds require two applications. But feel good that you're spraying something natural and earth-friendly, not a potentially harmful chemical.
**Kids love helping use this spray, and since there's nothing you don't already have in your kitchen, let them spray away!
I was wondering if you might have a secret recipe to kill ant beds that is non toxic to pets.
Hi! I have yet to try it (but I plan to do so), but my neighbor says that you can use simply a bit pot of boiling water. The trick is to make sure you expose the maximum amount of the ant hill, so the boiling water destroys any eggs, etc. If you try it, be sure to let me know if it works!
diatomaceous earth is the BEST bug killer. Non-toxic and all natural. Look for it in plant nurseries and landscaping companies.
Mix equal amounts baking soda and sugar and spread around the ant hill. The ants are attracted to the sugar but bring both back to the colony. They can't digest the baking soda. Have used this for many years and it really works.
Thanks for the other tips! I am going to try the baking soda/sugar idea, and we just planted marigold seeds inside as seed starts!
boo, what is diatomaceous earth? I've heard of it but not sure what it is exactly??
Pouring a packet of Equal in the ants' way has always worked for me. I won't ingest the stuff myself, as it was formulated as an insecticide, and it works.
All fabulous tips! Will be testing this weekend. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR WEEDING/ANTING WISDOM!
Boiling water works every time on ants. We used to get them in tree stumps and now under stone pavers. Boil, pour, walk away. Try to find the hole into the nest tho.
I heard that boiling water will sterilize the soil. Not good if you are trying to grow something. Would recommend replacing soil afterwards.
I'm the crazy doggy momma, if I can't use it around my dogs it very rarely makes it in my house or around my yard. So for your ant problem, Baking soda works wonders. I have used that around my house at one time to relieve my ant problem.
cornmeal works for ants. They take it to the nest and blows them up can't digest it.
Will this Weed Killer work to kill weeds that are in the lawn as well or will it kill the grass too??
Miranda, this will kill grass, so please just use it on pavement, etc! :)
I need a weed killer that I can put into my flower beds to kill the weeds but keep my flowers beautiful. Since this will kill grass too, I assume my flowers would be in jeopardy too?
Jennifer, First, I am sorry I am just now replying. we lost power last week and just got it back this morning!
If you can spray *just* the weed, I think it would be fine, as long as there was space between the weed and the flower. But if not, I wouldn't chance it.
I know a slight variation in this weed killer concoction. The one I'm currently using is a mixture of vinegar and salt. Any idea as to which is more effective?
sprinkle a little cornmeal around the anthills. They take it to their nest, eat it and die because it isn't digestable to them. Yes it works but you will have to repeat the process as eggs hatch.
I have a big portion of my backyard that does not really have grass on it and is covered in weeds. I want to kill off the weeds so I can put down sod to have grass again. I've tried pulling them, but there are just too many and hours of pulling has barely made a dent, so I need a killer. I know using a DIY with salt in it is bad for the soil and can prohibit growth of anything else planted in that area. Would this combo do the same thing, or would it still be safe to plant the sod?
Miranda you need Preen Weed and Feed it will feed your flowers and grass but kill weeds, you also need to do this before the weeds start coming up, around February while its still cold.
I use white vinegar without the other stuff, but since acid changes the ph, I'm wondering if it will stay in the soil and inhibit growth of my pants. Anyone know?
Geez. I hate auto correct. That was supposed to be growth of my plants.
is this safe to spray around my lilac's.. I just spent the day getting all the quack grass cleaned out..
Megan, it is my understanding that you can plant again after the weeds are gone. you may have to use something to make the soil less acidic, by adding an alkaline item like lime or wood ash.
Lori, please be careful with your lilacs! Try to just get the spray on the plants you are trying to kill. This mixture can be fatal to regular plants too.
I need to kill weeds that grow up between my fence and the neighbors fence. Would like to use as a pre- emergent. Can I just pour the vinegar,salt and Dawn on the ground or do I have to wait til the weeds are above ground level and spray them?
Yes sprinkle. some grits or rice they will eat it but when it rain they will explode or after a day or two poor lots of water and and will still explode
Living in Louisiana I know about ant mounds..we have red ants. Those suckers bite and leave small blisters that itch and burn.
If you use something like hot water the ants just move..it does not kill the colony. The ants will make sure that the queen is moved and life will go on. You have to have something that the ants will take for food and carry to their queen..and make sure that you sprinkle it over the mound and two foot around it. Best done in the morning early, before the ants are all out.
Homemade Ant Killers: Recipes & Tips
When trying to get rid of ants, it’s helpful to first have a basic understanding how they live and thrive: They live in colonies and one class within the colony is the worker/gatherer/forager.
Workers make up approximately 10% of the settlement and it’s their job to go out, find and collect food then bring it back to feed the rest of the group. They are mainly looking for two things: food and water. If it’s getting cold outside, they also like to settle in to find shelter.
Below I’ve listed various home remedies and solutions for control (along with some tidbits of information on their behavior and habits).
Here’s a list of spray cleaner recipes you can try…
Clean countertops and surfaces well with one of the cleaners below, these can also be used to spray them directly.
- Vinegar & Water (50/50 mix)
- Cider Vinegar & Water (50/50 mix)
- One of these essential oils: Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel Extract (1 tablespoon) plus water–per spray bottle
- Liquid Dish Detergent (about 1 tablespoon detergent, fill spray bottle with water).
Did You Know: Ants leave a scented trail for each other so they can easily find their way back to the jackpot (the food source in your house). Trails can be both visible and invisible to human eyes, but they can follow the trails with ease. Washing away these trails will confuse them and make it more difficult to find their favorite places. Making your own cleaners with the above ingredients also adds a repellent that they will avoid.
When you provide a tempting treat that is actually poison (known as bait), you want to make sure it’s not too strong that it will kill the forager before it gets back to the settlement (sometimes they are gone for days), and that it’s not too weak that it’s ineffective. You want poisoned bits brought back to the nest for the rest of the colony to ingest.
The type of nutrition they look for is either sugar or protein, it depends on what the needs of the colony are at the time. This is why a “tried and true” recipe that came highly recommended doesn’t work for you, the treat holds no interest for the particular critters in your home.
Tip: First determine if the ones in your house are after sugar or protein. Leave a sample of each bait out and see which ones they go for. Once you’ve determined what they’re hungry for, set out a few of their choice.
Here are a few homemade bait recipes you can try…
2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)
Jam (or Jelly, Honey, Maple Syrup)
- Mix the boric acid with the jam or jelly to make a paste. Slather it on a piece of paper, a plate or in a covered container with holes.
- You may have to adjust amount of Boric Acid if they seem to eat up the bait like crazy, but are getting fatter from it instead of dying.
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Water
2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)
2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)
Peanut Butter or Bacon Grease
1 cup Confectioners Sugar
2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)
2 TBS Molasses
1 TBS Yeast
1 TBS Sugar
Important: When baiting so they’ll bring poison back, resist the temptation to kill the critters when you see them. You want them to live and take big juicy pieces of poisoned bits back to the rest of the group to feast on.
- Boric Acid can be harmful if swallowed. If you have children or pets in the home, set the bait in covered plastic containers with a few holes poked in the sides. You could also use glass jars sealed with lids–just poke holes in the top lid. For strong attraction, smear a bit of non-poisoned treat on top of the lid so they’ll find it easily.
- For best results lay out a fresh batch daily.
- Spread around in areas where you observe regular activity and near their points of entry.
- Don’t be diligent washing away their trails, you want the food spots found easily again and again. All the workers in the colony can follow each others trails, so even if you killed off the first foragers, their partners will follow the trail they left.
- You may find that a sugar bait will be popular for a few days, then a protein one is needed as they switch to protein. Change your method as needed.
- If you’ve set out both types (sugar and protein) yet they are attracted to neither, reduce the amount of boric acid used until they starting feasting on the bait.
Did You Know: If a colony senses something is up when its members start dying and begins to feel stressed, the Queen will likely give orders for the colony to split up into a few smaller colonies, trying to preserve as many members as she can. This is why it may take several days of laying out fresh bait regularly–you’re trying to get enough poison into all the groups to wipe out the whole lot.
Destroying Their Nests
Find the nest and pour one of the following solutions into it. Cover your legs and wear rubber boots if possible, they will be streaming out of the mound while you’re doing this.
- 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent per gallon of boiling water (add soap after pot has been removed from heat). This will likely kill surrounding grass and plants. (Good remedy for fire ants).
- Pour large amounts of cider vinegar down inside the ant hill. Do this around the surrounding area as well, for at least three days. Will likely kill plants and grass too.
- Bring water to a boil, mix in salt to make a strong salt solution and pour down nest. Repeat over three days (and pour over surrounding area as well to prevent them from rebuilding in the area).
- Disturb their dwelling regularly: Flood with lots of water (just use the garden hose and let it run for awhile). Do this daily for at least a week or two. They will eventually get fed up and move.
- Ants can live submerged in water for several days so you need to using boiling temperature to kill them. Pouring boiling liquid into the nest is effective on its own but you could also try adding an ingredient (as shown above) to make the remedy more powerful.
- Pour slowly into nest so the liquid has time to get into all the tunnels and surrounding soil. Do three times the first day, then at least once a day for the next three days.
- The best time to do this is when the ants are moving up closer to the earth’s surface (when it’s not too hot or cool). Typically between 10 a.m. and noon on a sunny day is the best time.
- You could also try liberally covering the mound with one of the repellents listed below (cinnamon, salt, etc.).
- Pouring kerosene or gasoline on the nest used to be a common method for killing a colony, but it’s not only dangerous it’s also harmful for the surrounding soil.
Did You Know: They not only build their colonies outside, they can also setup house inside. If you notice small hills inside your home, vacuum them up (and dispose vacuum contents in sealed plastic bags immediately). If a large nest has been built, this is a good time to bring in an exterminator.
- If it’s winter (below freezing) and your home has ants, you likely have a nest inside the dwelling.
Controlling Them Inside The House
The first line of defense is making your place unattractive to them. Make sure to wipe up spills immediately and wipe off counters, tables and stovetops regularly leaving no crumbs behind. Sweep and wash floors regularly. Don’t leave dirty dishes around or in the sink. Keep dry foods (like flour, cereal, sugar, oats, etc.) in air tight containers. Take out garbage regularly and wash out all packaging and pop bottles before putting in the recycle bin.
Although a sloppy environment is an attraction, having them in your home doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a poor housekeeper–they could be after water. If it’s dry outside and there’s not a nearby drinking source, they will be inside on the hunt for fluids. They’ll find it in houseplants, sinks and drains, pet dishes and cups left out containing liquids.
List Of Natural Repellents
Look for cracks or holes in the structure where they are coming from, spread any of these repellents around the holes (or combination of items on the list). Also spread around window sills, along baseboards, in corners and outside doors. The theory is that since they are repelled by these items, they’ll turn back. Success of the repellents can depend on the species of ants in your home.
- Ground Black Pepper
- Bay Leaves
- Whole Cloves
- Red Chili Powder (sprinkle liberally or make a paste with water and apply at entrance)
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Used Coffee Grounds
- Cucumber Peels
- Essential Oils: Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus. Swab these around entrance points.
Tip: Plugging holes and cracks with caulking or filling with vaseline will physically block their entrance.
The ants could be attracted to your pet’s supper dish, a potted plant or dish of candies. Either keep food sealed until needed or surround it with a liquid barrier so they can’t get to the food. Fill a baking pan with water and set the pet dish (or potted plant, etc.), in the middle. Mixing in a little liquid dish detergent will be a strong repellent as well as prevent this from becoming a hydration source.
If it’s a potted plant that’s infested, repot the plant in a fresh pot of soil, washing roots clean of previous soil. You can try submerging the pot in a bucket of water for about 15 minutes so they flee, but this won’t remove larvae that may be present.
Natural Outdoor Deterrents
Look for entry ways into the dwelling via tree branches touching the house (including the roof), drain pipes, outdoor plants, shrubs, etc., trim these back if possible. Otherwise, wrap branches and pipes with a sticky substance that will trap them before they can find their way in (duct tape facing sticky side out should do it).
If your dwelling exterior will tolerate it without staining (test a small area first), spray a mixture of liquid dish detergent and water around the foundation.
There will be a soap residue left on the surface as the solution evaporates, hopefully enough to deter them from crossing it. Straight vinegar sprayed on the ground around the dwelling can help too (both methods may harm grass and plants).
- Mint: Plant fresh mint around the foundation of the house (can also have potted inside), or sprinkle crushed mint around entrances.
- Tansy, Lavender & Sage: Plant as mint above.
- Mix cloves and ground pepper with flour (3 TBS spice to 1 cup flour) and spread around areas that have heavy activity, this will help scatter them. Do this when there’s no sign of rain.
- Diatomaceous Earth: (can also use inside) Nice, non-toxic pesticide that is pet & child friendly. Probably the most effective naturally occurring protective powder, this is a great option if their nest is underneath a deck or patio and sidewalk blocks. Sprinkle this in the cracks that they will have to crawl up through. Diatomaceous Earth is easily picked up by the hairy bodies of most insects, whereupon it scratches through their protective wax layers and they also absorb some of this material. The result being that the insects lose water rapidly, dry up and die. Further protection is provided by the powder’s property of repelling many insects. In houses it can be used effectively to prevent the entry of certain insects such as earwigs and cockroaches, and to control these and others that are present in cupboards containing food, carpets, basements, attics, window ledges, pet areas (for fleas), etc. In all of these examples it is important to place a small amount of the powder in corners, cracks, crevices and other areas where insects might hide. Source: Ecological Agriculture Projects, McGill University.
Old Wives Tale: Make a 1″ line of chalk or baby powder (talcum) around the home, ants won’t cross it. Does it work? Many swear that it does.
- Aspartame: Touted frequently online as originally being developed as an ant poison and an effective way to control carpenter ants. Snopes found this to be false, see: this page for details.
- Instant Grits: One popular online remedy recommended is to feed them instant grits, instant oatmeal, cornmeal, cream of wheat or couscous. It’s suggested that they will “explode” when the food would expands inside as it comes in contact with stomach fluids. A study on the instant grits method and fire ants was done and found to be ineffective, (the report from Texas A&M University is no longer online). Also read the info below, it’s highly unlikely that the adults would even be able to eat the grits as they’re too large.
Did you know: Foragers carry solid food particles back to the nest to feed the larvae, the larvae then processes it and turns it into a liquid to feed the adults. Adults can ingest only very tiny, minuscule particles (larger pieces are filtered out), but their diet is from the liquid that the larvae provides.
Keep In Mind They Have A Lot To Offer
Think ants are pests? They may be if they’re taking over your home, but outside they’re very much needed. They aerate the soil, clean up scraps and seeds, control termite populations and they’re a food source for birds and other insects. As with all creatures, they play an important part in a healthy planet.
If you prefer encouraging them to move elsewhere instead of killing them, make your home their last choice for foraging by using the above control methods and tips.
Wartime Potato Soup
You’re probably already getting the idea that potatoes were a big part of the rationing-era diet. Yes they were, and people were always looking for new ways to make them more interesting.
For instance, one option was this popular soup, which makes a great winter appetizer – or even a meal on its own.
- 2 large potatoes
- 1 large onion
- 4 medium leeks
- 3 sticks celery
- one quart vegetable broth
- a tablespoon of oil
- 1 tbsp. chopped parsley (fresh or dried)
- 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves (optional)
Chop the leeks, celery and onion. Dice the potatoes. Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the vegetables over a low heat for five minutes.
Secondly, add the potatoes and thyme (if you have it) , and fry for another five minutes. Stir in the broth and bring to a low simmer.
Thirdly, cover and cook for around 30 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Blend until smooth, or puree by forcing it through a sieve with a wooden spoon. Add more hot broth if it’s too thick. Spoon into bowls, garnish with the chopped parsley and serve.
Sage is commonly used as a spice, but it was a sacred plant for many indigenous tribes as it was thought to have effective purifying energies and to cleanse the body of negative energies. As a remedy, it was used for treating medical conditions like abdominal cramps, spasms, cuts, bruises, colds, and flu.
Healers used this plant for treating earache and ear infections. They also made a mild tea from the rootstock for stimulating the digestive system and relieving bloating. It also helps with bronchial infections and nausea.
Update: One of our readers sent us original pictures of wild ginger to help people identify the plant easier. (Photo credit: Erik Nielsen, Rational Design Studio)
How to kill Dandelions w/out harming your pets
I was asked by one of our readers to help them solve the problem of Dandelions in their yard without use of harmful chemicals. Part of the problem with Dandelions is the fact that each seed flower (you know those tall cottony looking things generally found near the dandelions that as a child you would close your eyes and make a wish and blow on. Well those are the Dandelion seeds and there can be as many as 2000 seed per stem. The wind blows these 2000 and they float away landing anywhere there is a little bit of space in the ground. So prevention and proper lawn maintenance are key to controlling the problem. The problem with trying to extract dandelions is that they have a very long taproot almost a foot long and if any of it is left in the ground it will grow new flowers.
Dandelions are edible and contain medicinal properties in all parts of the plant so you could always rid yourself of your weed problem by eating the problem. You can eat the flowers and leaves in a salad or stir fry them. The flower can also be made into a wine.
Image from Professorhouse.com
If you really don’t want them around or want to learn how to not have them around next year prevention is your best bet. The first thing you will need to do is test your soils pH levels weeds of all types in your lawn means that your soil isn’t properly balanced it means your lawn is too acidic. To counteract that you will want to mulch your lawn or use broken down compost. When you mow your lawn it is best to do so in a way that the clippings stay on your lawn to help fertilize.
Another preventative measure is to use Corn gluten meal. Corn gluten herbicides prevent dandelion roots from forming during seed germination. You need to apply this weed killer in the spring, about 4-6 weeks before the weeds germinate, and again in the fall. This is an non=specific herbicide so it will kill newly planted grass.
The most effective method which also has the least harmful effects to your lawn is to pull these weeds up by hand. There are tools to make the job slightly easier which can be found at a garden supply store or you can use a knife or screwdriver to dig next to the taproot and then wiggle the plant around in order to loosen it from the ground. Grab as many leaves as possible and pull.
For immediate results you can use a garden strength vinegar this is a much more concentrated version of regular household or culinary vinegar. Again this will kill anything it comes in contact with so you would want to make sure you use it directly on the leaves which is best done in the fall since the leaves are taking nutrients all the way down the root and will also carry the vinegar to the root which needs to be killed or your problem will sprout again in the Spring.
Hope this is helpful to all of you let us know if we can help answer any other questions you have.
Noise to Annoy and Evict Rodents
Ground squirrels, moles and gophers abhor a noisy neighborhood. There are a few ways to go about making your outdoor living spaces uncomfortable for the pests, yet help it remain attractive and comfortable for you and your family and guests.
- Vibrating stakes can be placed deep in the ground to send out vibrations throughout the ground.
- Moving lawn ornaments designed to specifically create vibrations below ground and add a pleasing sculpture above ground can also deter the underground pests.
- Hang wind chimes to deter the critters from setting up camp. Move the wind chimes around the yard on a weekly basis to keep the critters on their toes and send them packing.
Astrology interprets the influence that the Sun and Moon have while they are in a specific zodiacal sign. Astrology is based on the concept that there are 12 signs of the zodiac, measuring 30 degrees each, along the astrological circle.
However, because the astrological placement does not take into account the precession of the equinoxes (the “wobble” that the Earth’s axis describes over a 26,000-year interval), the Moon’s place according to astrology differs considerably from its physical place according to astronomy.
Astronomy is the scientific interpretation of matter in space. The Moon can wander into a few astronomical constellations that are not members of the zodiac. These constellations include: Sextans, (SXT) and Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer (OPH)
The Man of Many Signs
Astrologers associate the signs of the zodiac with specific parts of the body, believing that these signs have an effect on those parts. The dates listed on both sides are the Sun’s place in each astrological sign.
The following is a brief description of the quality and rulership of the Zodiacal Signs, their nature and character, whether fruitful (productive) or barren dry or moist masculine or feminine fixed, movable or flexible earthly, airy, fiery or watery.
CAPRICORN (December 22–31 and January 1–19). Earthly, feminine, movable, somewhat productive. Related to the knees, spleen, skin, hair, teeth, and bones. Planetary ruler is Saturn.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Airy, masculine, fixed inclined to be barren. Related to the calves, ankles, blood, nervous system. Planetary ruler is Uranus.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). Watery, feminine, flexible, fruitful. Related to the feet. Planetary ruler is Neptune.
ARIES (March 21–April 19) Fiery, masculine, movable. Tends toward dryness and barrenness. Related to the head, brain, and face. Planetary ruler is Pluto (Mars).
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Earthly, feminine, fixed. Is moist and productive. Related to the throat, nasal passages and neck. Planetary ruler is Venus.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Airy, masculine, flexible, barren. Related to hands, arms, shoulders, collar-bone, lungs, and nervous system. Planetary ruler is Mercury.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Watery, feminine, movable, very fruitful. Related to the breasts, stomach, and mouth. Ruler is the moon.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Fiery, masculine, fixed, barren. Related to the heart, sides and upper part of the back. Ruler is the Sun.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). Earthly, feminine, flexible, barren. Related to the intestines bowels and solar-plexus. Planetary ruler is Mercury.
LIBRA (September 23–October 22). Airy, masculine, movable, semi-fruitful. Related to the kidneys, veins, loins, ovaries, and lower part of the back. Planetary ruler is Venus.
SCORPIO (October 23–November 21). Watery, feminine, fixed, fruitful. Related to sex organs and bladder. Planetary ruler is Mars (Pluto).
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). Fiery, masculine, flexible considered barren. Related to the liver, hips, and thighs. Planetary ruler is Jupiter.
Monsters that will gather crops and put them in the shipping box
Ant- Whale Island: Cave Surface, Green Ruins 1st Floor, Lava Ruins 1st Floor
Blood Panther- Whale Island Tower of Glory, Snow Ruins 4th Floor
Goblin- Whale Island Cave Surface
High Orc- Whale Island Tower of Rebirth
Hobgoblin- Whale Island Flank
Killer Ant-Lava Ruins 1st Floor
Orc- Whale Island Cave Depths
Orc Archer-Whale Island Cave Depth
Orc Hunter-Whale Island Tower of Rebirth, Floating Chamber
Shadow Panther- Snow Ruins 1st and 2nd Floors