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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden rambings and more on cats

Posted Friday, March 26, 2010, at 8:40 AM
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  • 684-5353 Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic. Maybe your best bet. Glad you are such a caring person and help out these critters that need it. God Bless You.

    -- Posted by Thatsmystory on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 11:44 AM
  • I'll second what Thatsmystory said. Thanks for being a caring person willing to help these strays. I would also have a hard time "letting nature take its course" even though I know it's hard to take care of them.

    -- Posted by GoTitans on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 1:25 PM
  • Steve, I haven't seen any evidence of cutworms yet. Never really had a problem with them, here. I've got lots coming up in the garden. Green peas, sugarsnap peas, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, kale, spinach, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce and potatoes. I don't think I forgot anything.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sat, Mar 27, 2010, at 7:46 PM
  • Steve, I haven't seen any evidence of cutworms yet. Never really had a problem with them, here. I've got lots coming up in the garden. Green peas, sugarsnap peas, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, kale, spinach, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce and potatoes. I don't think I forgot anything.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sat, Mar 27, 2010, at 7:48 PM
  • I planted Chinese kale, three types of cabbage and carrots yesterday. After this rain I think I will sprinkle the dirt with some diatomaceous earth.

    DE seems to be working for our tick and flea test with our newest dog. The flea treatment from the vet is costing over $100/month from the vet and we have to get a better control. I found a dead tick on PITA yesterday and true to the claims for DE the tick was shriveling up.

    For those who missed the conversation before about DE, it is made from ground up diatoms, a fossilized shell of tiny creatures. The silica shards work their way in to the joints and weak spots in ticks and fleas and makes them "bleed" to death.

    I know, it sounds terrible, but fleas and ticks are on my bad list. We have too many pets in the house and yard to let them get a hand up on us. DE also works on garden pests but be careful in applying it around beneficial insects since it does not differentiate between good and bad.

    Don't confuse pool DE with horticultural grade DE. The two are not used in the same way so the pool grade is not effective for insects.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 28, 2010, at 6:42 AM
  • Where do you get your DE? Can it be bought locally?

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 7:20 AM
  • I looked locally and have not found a source for anything that says "food grade" but the Farmer's Coop has DE for ticks and fleas which should be basically the same. Basically!

    The price with tax is about $2.50 per pound, which is not bad considering what freight costs and most of it is mined out West.

    The only concern is that it is not labeled food grade, so I would not use it as a wormer for animals or pets. Food grade is supposedly of high enough quality that humans can (and often do) consume it.

    I am considering buying 50 lb bags of it and will split it up for those who want it in our garden club. If it replaces our pet fees for tick and flea control, we are WAY ahead.

    In addition, it is safer for our pets than the chemicals. We feel pretty sure that we lost one of our cats (Cooper) to a bad reaction to the treatment we get from the vet, but it was not confirmed.

    Then we use it for our garden, so .....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 12:00 PM
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