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postheadericon How to Get RID of Maggots in the Garbage Can

I can’t believe I am actually going to write a post about maggots in my garbage can but I am certain others would benefit from knowing this information.

I live in Southeast Michigan.. so far this year the weather has been hot and I mean HOT… and for the past few weeks it has been very dry too. We get our trash picked up on Tuesday mornings. So you can imagine my disgust when I found a zillion maggots in my trash can and it was only Friday… Knowing that the weather was going to continue to be HOT HOT HOT for the next few days I was beside myself thinking how many maggots would be in that trash can by the time the trash was picked up on Tuesday.

Of course I Googled my problem… The input that came back was not that helpful to me in my situation. It suggested I kill the maggots by dumping boiling water on them and then washing out the trash can….. OK???? but what do I do with the trash bags that are already in the trash can sitting there with all those zillion maggots everywhere. All I could think of was where could I get a breathing apparatus and a Hazmat suit.

Then it dawned on me…. diatomaceous earth kills the flies…. lets see if it would kill the maggots. I went in the house and got out my shaker jar that was simply an old Parmesan cheese container that I refilled with “Food Grade” diatomaceous earth. I held my breath and opened the lid of the trash can and sprinkled on a very generous amount of dirt.. shut the lid.. ran as fast and as far as I could and took a breath……. Now to wait.

I actually could hardly wait to check my trash can a few hours later… What a bummer… The darn thing looked just the same… a zillion maggots greeted me as if to say… “Bring it on!”

But by the next afternoon…. I was not able to see 1 maggot… not a one. I was not about to see where they went by poking around in the can.. I was just going to wait until the trash was picked up on Tuesday morning.

After the trash man left… I could hardly wait to see what the emptied trash can looked like. To my surprise there was nothing to look at .. nothing but an empty trash can with a bit of white powder along the side. I am not sure what I was expecting but I sure was happy to see what I saw… No Maggots!

I have been promoting the use of DE for many years. It never ceases to amaze me the many wonderful uses that diatomaceous earth can be used for…. I am now able to add Maggot Killer to the long list.

Diatomaceous Earth for Organic Pest Control

postheadericon Healthy Juice Recipes With Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Healthy Juice Recipes With Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

   Fruit & Fruit Juice Recipes

Why Juice?

Juicing has become a popular way to ingest massive amounts of fruit in a beverage.  I find myself enjoying juicing more and more to get all the fruits and veggies I need.  Over the years people have found certain foods help with certain ailments.  These ailments seem to be a majority of what our customers go through.  Whether it is arthritis, alkalinity problems, detox, or inflammation, we have a juice recipe here for you!  Best thing is that each one of these recipes has Food grade diatomaceous earth mixed in with it.  Please enjoy these healthy and tasty Juice Recipes with your Diatomaceous Earth!  You will need a juicer or if you do not have one, a blender works just fine.  To find out more about our food grade diatomaceous earth please visit our About DE section here!


Arthritis Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Watermelon and Blueberry Detox Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

Basil – 3 Leaves

Blueberries – 1.5 cups

Cayenne Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Lime – 1/2 squeezed

Watermelon – 5 cups diced

1 Tablespoon of Food grade diatomaceous earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and top with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper

You may blend in blender


Detox Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

apple and broccoli juice detox

Ingredients:

1-2 Green Apples Sliced and Skinned

3-4 Kales Leaves Destemmed

1 Cucumber Sliced

Head Of Broccoli Broken Up

Handful of Parsley

1/4 Jalapeno Pepper (no Seeds)

1 Thumb of Ginger Root Sliced and Deskinned

Ground Turmeric For Garnish

Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all Ingredients and garnish with Turmeric

You may Blend in Blender


Upset Stomach & Colitis Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Beet and Orange Colitis Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Beet Sliced

6 Medium Carrots Skinned & Sliced

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1 Thumb Ginger Root Skinned & Sliced

1/2 Fruit Squeezed

Orange Deskinned

2 Thumbs Turmeric Root Skinned and Sliced

Tablespoon of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with Skin of Lime

You may blend in Blender


Alkalinity Boost Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Broccoli & Cucumber Alkalinity Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 Cucumber Skinned and Sliced

2 Stalks Celery Sliced

1 Cup Shredded Leaf Lettuce (NOT ICEBERG!)

1 Cup Broken up Broccoli Crowns

Green Apple Deskinned and Sliced

Juice of 1/2 Lime

Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with slice of cucumber

You may blend in a blender


Anti-Inflammatory Juice W Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Ingredients:

2 Thumbs Turmeric Skinned and Sliced

4 Medium Carrots Skinned and Sliced

1 Thumb Ginger Skinned and Sliced

Orange-Skinned

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

3 Stalks Celery Sliced

1 Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with Lemon Skin

May blend in blender


Exercise & Workout Recovery Juice Recipes W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Ingredients:

Banana Sliced

8 oz Sweet Potato Chopped and Deskinned

4 oz Oranged Deskinned

1 Medium Carrot Chopped Finely and Deskinned

1 Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients together and garnish with Orange and Carrot Peel

May blend in blender

postheadericon Saving Bees… One Yard at a Time

I ran across the most wonderful video about bees. I just had to share it with you. It was created by Planet Natural Garden Supple. It is just over 2 minutes long but will give you some great ideas about those wonderful bees……I am sure you will enjoy it.

postheadericon How is that New Year Resolution working out for you?

As I write this post.. we are just starting the second week of a brand new year…. I am wondering how many people made the New Year’s resolution of getting healthier…. I am guessing that is indeed the number one resolution that is made year after year…..Was that the same resolution that you made last year too?

I gave up making resolutions years ago…. I found for me they only lasted a few days.. let alone on into the second week of the new year….

I like most people find it very hard to diet.. I always remember someone saying that the word.. “die” is actually in the word diet.. and sure enough it is. But wanting to be healthy and hating to exercise don’t really go together….. So what can a gal do?

I have been taking diatomaceous earth for several year… I have posted about the health benefits of DE many times. A few months ago I came across a product that I have been adding to my daily morning routine of DE is a smoothy….. I think these 2 together are a perfect combination.

We have all heard about the wonderful benefits of juicing… but many people including me are turned off by the MESS.. and boy can I make a mess…. and the thing is if your juicing on a daily basis… you have that daily MESS. Then there is all of the shopping for fresh fruits and vegetable.. and don’t forget all of the washing and chopping.. Gosh I am getting tired just thinking about the process of juicing…..

I was introduced to a product that I can add right to my DE smoothy….. There is no Mess.. No shopping for fresh fruits and vegetable… no shopping and I don’t have to worry about storing all that stuff that I buy…..I am now able to get all of the benefits of juicing without the mess……

You can read more about my alternative to juicing here

postheadericon The Bible About Diatomaceous Earth

miss dirt 2I bet you can tell that I love this wonderful stuff called Diatomaceous Earth, DE for short. It is indeed one of Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secrets. I am forever posting about the benefits of this wonderful product and I never miss an opportunity when speaking to someone to tout the many wonderful things it can be used for if the conversation just happening to go that way.

The only kind of DE that I speak about is FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth…. This is NOT the kind that is used for your pool….. I do not speak about DE that has had something added to it to kill bugs. In my humble opinion… there is no need to buy any other kind of DE for pesticide control than FOOD GRADE DE….. I only have 1 kind in my home and that is the FOOD GRADE DE.. I never have to worry about getting the kind I am able to eat myself with the other kind that I would sprinkle around to control bugs since I only have 1 kind.

I always buy my DE in 50# bags….. You may think that is a lot, but think of it this way….. It will never go bad as long as you keep it dry..after all… it is as old as dinosaurs… if not older.  Split that 50# bag with a neighbor or a family member…. it is the most economical for shipping charges as well.

I will get personal messages asking my opinion on one kind of DE or another…. I do not feel comfortable talking about another product other than the one that I promote….. Your not able to buy it in the store I always send people to their website…… I buy my DE from Earth Works Health.

Earth Works Health also offers a wonderful book written by Tui Rose… she has put together a wealth of information in her book Solutions For Healthy Living….Yes, it is true they is a lot of information on the internet about this wonderful product. BUT>>> this book has it all in one place… easy to read and easy to find what your looking for.

So head on over to Earth Works Health and order a 50# bag of Food Grade diatomaceous earth.. and the Bible about DE by Tui Rose… Solutions for Healthy Living

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postheadericon Container Garden vs.Traditional Garden

Gardening has been one of the most common hobbies for centuries, and more and more people are beginning to enjoy this wonderful past time. A container garden has become one of the more common methods of gardening over the last few decades. It is especially popular in cities and areas with small yards. When it comes to container gardening vs. traditional gardening in these areas gardening with planters and containers will almost always win. A few of the benefits of container gardening include easy design, more control over soil quality, and a wider variety of plants that can be grown.

Traditional gardening involves growing plants in the ground or in a raised bed. However, container gardens are grown completely in planters and pots. This allows the plants to be moved around, and placed in the best places for optimal growth. The plants can also be brought indoors during unfavorable weather. Plants grown in containers also make great additions to decks, porches, and balconies. They can really soften the edges, and bring a nice splash of color to even the most drab of settings. The containers can even be customized to match the décor.

The ability to control soil quality is another great benefit of container gardening. With traditional gardening most people are stuck with whatever kind of soil they have in their yard or gardening area unless they want to spend a lot of money and time on soil amendments. When growing in containers gardeners can buy the type of soil their plants need. This also opens up a large variety of plants that may not be able to grow in the local soil.

Container gardening also makes it easier to control pests that may destroy beloved plants. The containers make it easier for gardeners to look for signs of bugs and small pests on their plants. It is also less difficult to quarantine any plants that may become infected with a fungus or disease. They also detour local wildlife that would eat or trample the plants.
One drawback to container gardening; plants grown in containers will lose moisture at a faster rate than plants that are grown in the ground. This means that the plants will need to be water more often, especially during hot, dry weather.

Containers that are used for planting should be chosen with care. Most plastic planters will fade in the sun, and become brittle. Untreated wood containers will rot quickly when used as planters. Cedar and redwood are naturally rot resistant and can make great planters. Whatever type of container that is used, the gardener should make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Otherwise, the plant may become water logged and die.

When it comes to a container garden vs.a traditional garden it is easy to see the benefits of either. Container gardening is nice for beginners, needs less space, and often less work that traditional gardening. However, traditional gardening does provide a nice work out and lets gardeners get their hands a little dirtier.

This is a wonderful eBook called Container Gardening Secrets that you may enjoy

postheadericon Could I feed my family if I had to?

survival seed vault I am not one to run around like Chicken Little yelling “the sky is falling.. the sky is falling”. But I do believe in being prepared…Just in case. It is always a good idea to have a backup plan.

I have one question for you to ask yourself…. Could I feed my family if I had to?

The concept of a survival seed vault has become more widespread over the last several years. More and more families are gaining food independence by growing their own survival heirloom seeds. The health benefits of  non-gmo, survival heirloom seeds are more widely known now than in years past, and people are taking a stand against high supermarket prices.

But what if disaster strikes, and you have to ask yourself some questions:

Could I feed my family if I had to? Do I have the right kind of seeds for my region? Can I save the seeds from my harvest to plant the following year?

It is always a good idea to have a backup plan, and having a supply of premium heirloom survival seed to have on hand just in case would be a good thing to do NOW.

My Patriot Supply is a premium heirloom survival seed supplier located in the United States. They are a group of folks with a passion for self-reliance and freedom.

They have many wonderful items available on their site… but one that everyone should consider having on hand .. just in case… is their Survival Seed Vault. The Vault contains only the highest quality heirloom vegetable survival seeds. These Patriot Seeds are 100% Non-GMO, open-pollinated and placed in specially sealed packets allowing for long term storage.

The Patriot Survival Seed Vault is packaged for long term storage (5+ years) but priced for planting this year! Because of the affordable pricing, the majority of their customers buy for both planting and storage!

They offer a special, you can buy a bulk pack and plant seeds now and you will have extra if you need them…. or you can plant those seeds next year. Next year, plant the seeds and replenish your stock that you had for backup…. It just makes sense to me to be prepared.

Survival Seed Vault features only the finest survival heirloom seeds for a robust and hearty garden, even in the toughest of times.  Check out My Patriot Supply… poke around their website. They offer many items but the Survival Seed Vault is first on my list… just in case.

You might also enjoy this article about Straw Bale Gardening. You could plant your seeds in straw.

 

postheadericon Do Dogs Really “SEE” With Their Noses?

I am sure you have seen dogs sniff at things… Some dogs sniff more than others. It is fun to watch how my 4 dogs take in all of the different smells. 3 of my dogs just as so so at sniffing the different things. My precious little Joy is the one that has a wonderful sense of smell and has to SMELL EVERYTHING in sight. When she is out on a walk you can just see her chasing what ever had been in the area before. My Joy is a beagle and many of that bread of gotten themselves into trouble with their great sense of smell.

Here is a wonderful video that I found very interesting… It describes how dogs see with their noses.
I am sure you will find it as interesting as I did.. Enjoy!

 

postheadericon Would you like to sell your poop?

Have you ever thought about selling your poop?.. Me either…. but when I saw the headline… “You Can Sell Your Poop For $13,000 a Year”.. I couldn’t resist clicking to read more about it.

Evidently some patients need fecal transplants to aid their digestive system. So if you are super healthy you can make the bucks….. $40.00 per sample or if your able to come in 5 days a week you can make an addition 50 bucks. Donations have to be made onsite.

A company called Open Biome has been facilitating fecal transplants to patients in need, and paying healthy poopers a hefty sum for their services. Fecal matter is transferred either through endoscopy or swallowed capsules, and Open Biome has already shipped about 2,000 treatments to almost 200 hospitals, according to the Washington Post.

You can read more about selling your poop by <<CLICKING HERE>>
Please click… because I know several of you think I am making this up

 

postheadericon No Dig Gardening

 Learn the basics to creating a no-dig organic vegetable plot. There are many benefits to organic gardening, especially when you don’t have to turn over the soil. It is far better for your soil structure – and your back…

This method of vegetable gardening is what I prefer. As you might have guessed, it doesn’t involve digging. This method is particularly suited to older people or people with physical disabilities. But I just prefer it because I think it’s better for the soil.

When soil is turned over it destroys the soil structure. When you create a no-dig plot you are not disturbing the topsoil at all, this means that the soil microbes, worms and creatures can continue doing what they do best in your garden.

For the best results in your garden, you want to aim for no compaction of the soil. Water, air and nutrients travel through the soil by pathways made by worms and plant roots. When soil is compacted these pathways are destroyed.

By designing you plots to be no more than say 1.25metres (4 feet) across (and however long you want) you can avoid having to stand in it. If you start with a small bed, (1.25m x 2.5m / 4’ x 8’) you can plan it so that you can expand when you are ready.

No matter what your location, no dig vegetable gardens are a great option for you. It means that it doesn’t matter what sort of soil you are starting out with as the layering of materials over the surface will continue to feed and condition your soil. Eventually you will end up with dark, nutrient rich soil.

A No Dig garden bed is made on top of the ground. It can be built over existing garden beds, lawns and even hard or rocky ground – even concrete. It should be situated in an area that receives at least six hours sun (preferably morning sun) a day and that has good drainage.
When preparing the plot it is not necessary to pull up lawn or an existing garden, you will be ‘smothering’ what is already there.

Building your plot
I like to install irrigation before building my plot as I find it saves me so much time and trickle irrigation (on a timer) is a far better way to water than by hand or sprinkler.
One thing to always remember when handling manures, soil or any organic matter is to always wear tough gloves to protect you from bacteria getting into any cuts. Then wash your hands thoroughly when you’re finished in the garden.
1. Form the outside walls of your plot. You can use logs, old planks, pavers, bricks, stones, sleepers etc. If you have disabilities you might want to get help with this.
2. Lay down a thick layer of wet newspaper (I use an old baby bath filled with water to soak the newspaper), making sure it completely covers the enclosed area. It should be at least 6mm (quarter inch) thick and overlap by about 75mm (3inches). This will kill off any weeds and more from growing. Only use newspaper and glossy, coloured paper has chemicals.
3. Lay down pads (or biscuits) of lucerne hay or pea straw, making sure there are no gaps between pads.
4. Add a 20mm (¾inch) layer of good organic fertilizer (chicken manure is great).
5. Cover with about 200mm (8inches) thick of loose straw.
6. Add another 20mm (¾inch) layer of good organic fertilizer (blood & bone etc).
7. Finish off with a top layer of compost, about 100mm (4inches) thick.
8. Water well and allow to settle.
9. Plant out seedlings after 2 or 3 weeks (not seeds).

Some of the benefits of creating a no-dig, raised plot include:
– can be built anywhere, any time to any design
– keeping your garden tidy, with easy access
– stops birds from scratching your mulch everywhere
– it mirrors nature by create a rich, organic environment for your plants
– once set up, it’s virtually maintenance free
– helps prevent destruction from snails, rabbits etc.

In your new garden the best veggies are potatoes, lettuce, brassicas and cucurbits (cucumber family). Root crops are better once your plot has matured.
It is better to have mixed plantings of vegetables and herbs, rather than long rows or a whole bed of one type of plant. Companion Planting benefits your garden in many ways, including pest and disease prevention and growing healthier, more vigorous plants.
Keeping your beds topped up with compost and/or mulch helps prevent weeds, retain moisture and promotes steady healthy growth.

There is also another wonderful way to garden, it too is perfect for older people because it involves little bending. Not having to crawl around on your hands and knees is always a plus. Your able to use less space than with a regular garden, and there will be very little weeding. It is called Straw Bale Gardening and you can read more about this wonderful way to garden by clicking <<HERE>>