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Weed'em & Reap RAINED OUT RAINED OUT!!Posted Friday, April 30, 2010, at 10:31 AM
Celebration Way Assisted Living, 895 Union Street has a great meting room with kitchenette attached and no one bothers us. Plenty of parking and it could not be better, so BE THERE!
Feel free to bring your own food, or many of us will be bringing "pot luck" so don't worry about being hungry. We drift in between 6:00 and 6:30, but other come in later without any penalties so come when you can. We usually wrap up around 8:00 so if you come later, well, we may not be there.
I finally got my supply of diatomaceous earth(die-uh-toe-may-shus)(DE). It costs me a bit more than I originally thought but is still much better priced than buying it in twelve ounce shaker bottles or even four pound bags with shipping. I bought five 50 pound bags 'cause I intend to USE IT on and in our pets, and plants.
It is food grade, so I could use it internally myself, but I have not tried it that way yet. The person I got it from takes a tablespoon a day but....... not yet.
Food grade, fresh water DE is different from pool grade so read the label if you buy some. Pool grade is not for insects or internal parasites.
I see some advertised as having a bait added for roaches, silverfish etc. Might be good, but it does not need to be eaten to work on bugs. We just sprinkle it along the junction of walls and floor, then sweep it into the cracks. Excess is swept up and what remains is enough to get on the bugs as they walk.
I have been sprinkling it on my young plants and around the base (lightly)and so far I have not had a problem with cutworms. They used to be my main nemesis when planting directly in the soil. Grrrrr.
I would not sprinkle it on flowers. Bees & butterflies can be adversely affected if they get it on them. It is basically fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one celled plants called diatoms. It is in powder form and should be kept from the eyes or nose to avoid irritation.
PITA got some in her eyes and she was puffy-eyed for a night. At least she was quiet. Hmmmm.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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