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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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"diatomaceous earth" just sounds ... dirty.


-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Fri, Apr 30, 2010, at 4:01 PM

It's actually off-white. I joked with the salesman that I hope I don't get pulled over with 150 pounds of white powder.

I'll bring some tot he meeting tonight if anyone wants to see what it is.

I will also be bringing a gardening book for a door prize that was published in 1948 and has over 1000 pages.

My chocolate mint was "un-potted" by PITA yesterday but she luckily only demolished the pot, not the plant, so it will be given away with a lemon mint. No one asked for catnip, but if you let me know early enough, I can poit some of that up too.

Oh yes, my wife wants to point out that we are using it on our floors as a preventative, not because we have a lot of bugs. At one time we used to have a problem with fleas, after all we fluctuate from 8-10+ pets at a time. But we have not had that issue for years.

The pets still bring in some ticks, but the ones we don't catch, seem to die on their own, so something is working.

Hope to see everyone at the meeting!

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 1, 2010, at 12:54 PM

I know this probably goes without saying but be VERY careful not to breathe it in. It of course is not poisonous, but acts like tiny shards of glass on the exo-skeletons of parasites, and therefore isn't good at all to breathe in.

We haven't had a single flea around here, and thanks for the tip on cutworms...must put this on my tomatoes. It also gets rid of worms in pets (or humans, for that matter).

Don't let the dust get into your computer area...it will shut a computer down if the dust goes into the fan system.

I got mine from this place after searching all over for it...and like you said, pool grade is NOT what you want to use!


I got mine from this place...the shipping was very reasonable, I have a pretty large bag which will last me a long time. I had to look forever for this, and finally found these people...no one seemed to have heard of it.

-- Posted by cats4me on Sat, May 1, 2010, at 2:19 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. 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.