Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: SANTA at WOLFF'S FLEA MARKET to DISTRIBUTE SCHOOL SUPPLIES

By Sharon Wolff

Sure, a lot of businesses like to celebrate Christmas in July, just for fun.

Wolff's Flea Market and the WFM Vendor Council is hosting a 3-week event at the Palatine location (1775 N. Rand Rd.).

Kids can enter a coloring contest to win Wolff Howler Dollars to be spent at the market.
Customers of all ages can participate in the Flamingo Scavenger Hunt for a chance to Spin the Wheel and win prizes.

The event culminates on Saturday July 26 with a visit from Santa Claus. Yes, that's right, Santa in Summer will be in the house 11am-2pm, and he will be giving all kids a school supply related gift.

Photo opportunities will also be available. The Vendor Council will print special effect photos for $1 or you may
take free photos on your own device.

Plus shop over 300 independent sellers offering antiques, collectibles, fresh produce, art, jewelry, books, vinyl, clothing, food, electronics, music, movies, computer repair, home decor, resale, new merchandise and more!

REUSE, RECYCLE, REPURPOSE, RECLAIM!
Only at Wolff's Flea Market, Palatine.
Open every Saturday and Sunday year-round 8am-4pm

SEE YOU AT THE FLEA!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

HOW TO GET RID OF JAPANESE BEETLES: No Touch Method






By Sharon Wolff
NO TOUCH - NO PESTICIDE
JAPANESE BEETLE CONTROL
Gross!
(Photo Viette)
Ugh! It's that time of year. Bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, birds are singing and Japanese Beetles are returning! The ones in my yard love the Rose of Sharon shrubs. Leaves, buds, flowers; these pests love every part of the plant.

Today I found the first uninvited guests and it was time to take immediate action.

First Japanese Beetle of the season
(Photo Sharon Wolff)

Supplies:
  1. Stick (I need a particularly long one so as to remain as far away from the buggers as possible)
  2. Plastic cup
  3. Any liquid soap mixed with water


Soapy water and a stick
(Photo Sharon Wolff)
Method:
Early summer leaf damage to Rose of Sharon
(Photo Sharon Wolff)
  1. Position cup under the leaf/branch that contains the bug(s).
  2. Swiftly knock the leaf/branch with your stick (or hand if you aren't petrified of touching the beetle). See video below.
  3. Bug will fall into soapy water and die almost immediately.
  4. If you whack too slowly, the beetle will tightly hook itself onto the leaf and attempt to intimidate you with its ugly tentacles. If you aren't scared, pick it off and drop into soapy water. Otherwise, you will need  to wait for it to relax and try again. You will eventually get your rhythm and efficiency established.
  5. Check bushes several times every day to get the newcomers. 
Getting in position to whack the beetle
(Photo Jordan Wolff)
video

Suggestions:
  1. Keep bushes short so you can reach the top branches.
  2. Although pesky, these bugs are not so bright and it's easy to catch them off guard.
  3. Once your Rose of Sharon blooms, many beetles will congregate inside the tasty flowers, so you can catch several at once.
  4. Scared of bugs? No one is a freaked out as I am. This no touch method works with only very rare accidental physical contact with the beetles. This happens if I miss the timing of the whack and beetles scatter and bump into my head while escaping. If this happens to you, do what I do:  Scream, go into the house, wash your hands, and enjoy a glass of wine. Until you work up enough nerve to do it again.





Intimidating Japanese Beetle on a bloom
(Photo Sharon Wolff)