[gardeners] Saved!

asidv@fbg.net (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 20 Jun 1998 20:08:15 +0000

In the Texas Hill Country, the fireant reigns supreme. With their 
voracious appetites and breeding habit they have all but eradicated 
fleas, Lyme ticks, roaches, scorpions, and pillbugs. They have also 
bitten all residents -- four and two legge -- increased the sales of 
repellants, and contributed to the "Hill Country Salute" (a discreet 
scratching when one hopes he/she is unobserved!).	A common subject 
of conversation hereabouts is therefore, "Does the fireant represent 
a blessing or a curse?"	
	 We can now, personally, add our experience 
to the debate. The fireant has conquered the squash! This morning, 
when making a fearful inspection to see what had transpired 
during the night, we found nothing! A blessed, happy, nothing. 
The dreaded plants were gone -- tops, roots, all. The fireants had 
ringed them, eaten them, and moved on to other targets. Only their 
mounds -- empty now -- marked the site.
 	To celebrate our deliverance, we drove to Boerne to the Peaceful 
Habitation, a rose emporium with 100 varieties of antique rose. We 
bought a rose to place -- in honor and memorial -- where the squash 
had been.	Rejoice with us. We are saved. Pat