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Gardening On Keuka Lake – The Natural Way

Living and working around the Finger Lakes, I am very aware of the importance of good watershed practices.  I try to minimize any chemicals in my yard, knowing that it all filters into the ground and eventually makes its way to the lake – not good. 

Here around Keuka Lake, we had quite the mild Winter and one of the first things I realized early on in the Spring, was the amount of ant mounds that were developing.  The ants apparently liked and fared quite well during the mild winter. 

Last Fall, I had dug up some perennials, put them in large buckets and put the buckets into the ground to be replanted this Spring.  Ouch, those buckets were filled with ants besides the once wonderful perennials. I received bites as well as Kirk. 

My initial solution was to get the hose out and wash out the root from any of the plants that still had a chance of survival and then replant.  This flooded most of the ants away.  I now see that I am finding new colonies.  Thanks to Facebook and my friend Colette, I came across the following information at Double Danger.  Here are some of the natural tips they suggest.


10 Ways To Kill Ants… Organically

1. Baking soda is poisonous to ants, sprinkle it around your plants to ensure ants will stay away.

2. Flour & Baby Powder will keep ants from reaching your plants, ants will not cross the powder – so circle your plants with it.

3. You can use coffee grounds, chili powder, cinnamon, peppermint or black pepper. All deter ants and if you pour coffee grounds directly on an anthill, they will eat the coffee grounds and implode.

4. Grits, instant rice & cream of wheat can be sprinkled around plants. The ant will eat a piece of whichever you sprinkle, drink water and the grain expands and kills the ant. :)

5. Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray on plants. The acid in vinegar will kill ants.

6. Mix together one-third cup of molasses, six tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of active dry yeast into a smooth paste. Use the mixture to coat strips of cardboard. Keep out of reach of pets and small children. You can leave mixture on a saucer outside anthill and they’ll eat it and die!

7. Fold contact paper in half, with the sticky side out and make a circle around base of plant. The ants get stuck on the paper – problem solved.

8. Cut off the bottom of a paper cup and cut a slit up the side of the cup and coat outside with vaseline and place around base of plant. You can also use packing tape.

9. Mix one cup of borax, two-thirds a cup sugar and one cup water. Dip cotton balls in the solution and place in areas near your anthill Ants will leave the plants alone and ingest the sweet mixture. The borax kills the ants.

10. Diatomaceous Earth is a commonly sold organic pesticide that will destroy the insects outer skeletons, causing the pests to die from dehydration.

Read our update to this post – where we tried some of the methods: Organic Ant Control Update

Hopefully some of these ideas will help you solve your ant problems organically. Helping to keep our waters safe and clean !

This information brought to you by Mary St. George Realtor, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377

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Canandaigua Lake Statistics

As you can see by looking at the charts below, the housing crisis barely affected sales on Canandaigua Lake.  And how wonderful for sellers to be looking at an average sale price above $700,000. Of course to support those prices, you have absolutely lovely homes and lakefronts.  Some of the most gorgeous home on the Finger Lakes will be found on Canandaigua Lake. 

 If you are interested in purchasing a great vacation home on Canandaigua Lake, give Ray Leone or myself a call.  If you are around the lake, you may even see us out and about showing homes.   Canandaigua is not called the “Chosen Spot” for nothing.  It is a place you have to see and experience.

Information brought to you by Mary St.George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377  – Remember you can find many stats like this on our website – if there is other information you need, just contact us.

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Severe Storm Rips Through Seneca Falls

After a memorable, enjoyable and absolutely pleasant weekend, parts of New York were hit with damaging storms and possibly tornadoes.  Fr some of the pictures captured by one of the local broadcasters for Finger Lakes News .com click on the link  ( storm pictures ).  Severe storm warning were scrolling across TV screens and the weatherman predicted the potential for damaging winds and hail.Penn Yan was only witness to thunder and heavy downpours, but many areas were not as fortunate.  Roads into and around Seneca Falls were closed after trees took down power lines and blocked roads.  Parents tried for what seemed like forever to find the status of their children.  The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter, but fortunately after two hours it was determined the need was not there.  That was great news.  Most damage even though it looked bad did not displace anyone.

The rain was much-needed but not to the extent of todays delivery.  Let’s hope we can go back to some more wonderful weather like we experienced over the weekend and say thanks that there were no injuries reported from the storm.

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Canandaigua Boat Launch Finally Reopens !

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The long-awaited opening has arrived.  Fisherman and boaters could not be happier.  For those that did not know it was closed. it was a long ride down to the Naples area to launch their boats and if their boat was too large, many took the drive over to Keuka Lake to launch their boats.

As witnessed in this video courtesy of WHEC, the launch was quite busy for the Memorial Day weekend.

It will cost you $7.00 dollars to launch your boat. Wishing you lots of fun on Canandaigua Lake this summer.


This information brought to you by Mary St. George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377

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Six Mile Creek Vineyard

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What a gorgeous setting and a very informative owner and winemaker.  Besides making award-winning wines in the Finger Lakes, Six Mile Creek also distills their own Vodka, Gin and Limoncello .  Watch this video and get a feel for the business and the area.  They are located in the Cayuga Lake area and would love for you to stop by.  If you are not into wines, try out their distilled beverages. You may be pleasantly surprised !

Everything started with a trip overseas and a property being for sale across the road. If you have a passion for starting a business in the Finger Lakes and you are looking for the perfect property, give me a call and I will make it happen.

There are some great properties on the market and know of a few that would be available to the right person.


This information brought to you by Mary St. George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377



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