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Hey, did you see it in the paper? Weed'em and Reap garden club THIS Friday!

Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 12:54 PM

The first meeting of the Weed'em & Reap Garden Club will be Friday January 21 at 7:00 PM.

We are starting a little later so those coming from work can get a bite to eat, if needed, so please do not bring any potluck dishes.

It will be at the Celebration Assisted Living 895 Union Street (Hwy 41 North) in Shelbyville.

We will have a presentation on seed starting, along with discussion and tips from our fellow gardeners. I plan to bring a soil block device and make some blocks for seeding a few plants.

This should develop into a discussion of methods and containers that we use to start our plants.(Bring your ideas or sample containers)

Part of seed starting is a discussion of the medium (soil or soil-less), light & heat requirements and timing for planting in the garden. If you use a soil-less method, could you bring some in?

We will discuss flowers and vegetables so anything that grows will be open for discussion.

New members welcome! No fees, officers, and no referrals needed. Just an interest in growing. Hope to see you.

Any questions can be asked here or write to me at Steve@bedfordtradingpost.com

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Can you bring some of that 'special' earth?

I'd like to buy some from you...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 5:22 PM

We talking diatomaceous? Will do.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 7:34 PM

By the way folks, this is dust made from fossilized diatoms. Used for a variety of things including insect control.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 7:38 PM

That's what I meant. I just couldn't think of the correct term. See you there!

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jan 19, 2011, at 8:50 PM

It's good stuff.

It's not good for creepy-crawly innards but it's so non-toxic,it's used in restaurant kitchens and hospitals.

(Some people even take it internally or dust their animals with it.)

I might not let me or mine guzzle it down or let the grit get in an eye but the way it works (slicing up vermin tissue with the shells of the diatoms) means it's not a poison and the enemy can't build up a resistance to it.

Even without pot-luck,a person can gain a lot from coming to our Weed'em & Reap meetings.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 4:14 PM

I get mine from Wolf Creek Ranch...good stuff, and I am glad to see others using it.

Had to search all over the net before finding this reliable source, and certainly not finding it anywhere locally ("dye a toe may see us WHAT?" 0_o)


But be sure to buy it from Steve first...lol.

I dust the kitties with it, and they have no fleas.

-- Posted by cats4me on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 6:53 PM

Thanks for the plug cats4me. DE is not a business thing for me. I just had to find a less expensive way to protect protect our many strays without paying $10+ per animal each month. Right now that would add up to $150 per month!

Unless you are going to treat your whole house, a little goes a long way. I tried it internally, but don't think I had any internal parasites anyway, so it was just to see if there were any issues. None observed

If treating your pets, be careful around the eyes as QC suggested. When I first dusted PITA, our 80 lb plus bundle of joy, (hmmmm) she moved around too much and while never directly dusted, got some in her eyes.

It resulted in the first time I felt sorry for her. Her eyes were so swollen they were almost closed and they must have itched terribly. I rinsed her eyes with warm water and by next morning she was back to normal. Not sure which was better for us, but I know she preferred the normal.

What the.... a big bird (no not Big Bird) just buzzed the front yard. Got to go out and make sure we don't have a hawk feasting on our bird feeder guests, or cats.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 7:46 AM

It was probably a Pileated woodpecker that flew past the suet feeder to see if they were interested. Occasionally we get one to stay for a few minmutes. http://www.google.com/search?q=pileated+...

While I was out there I decided to sweep off enough snow for the ground feeders and spread some wild bird feed for them (the cheap stuff. They have more difficulty finding food with an inch or more of snow.

Speaking of diatomaceous earth, has anyone found an applicator they like for their pets? What I have tried so far scares the pet with noise or motion, or puts too much of the dust airborne.

I am considering a flour sifter but so far, I do it by hand, which seems to get as much on me as the pet. I have an idea to make one, but surely there is a good applicator out there.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 8:22 AM

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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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