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postheadericon Container Gardening

pot with flowers and vegtablesMy mother planted a container garden last year. She planted many containers that had both flowers and vegetables in them together. She was the talk of her neighborhood.

Mom put together a huge container that was planted with tomato plants, peppers, cucumbers and she added assorted flowers for color, it was beautiful. She gave this as a retirement gift at a party and it was admired by many.

I started my front porch container garden to late in the season to be able to brag about how it turned out. But… I am ready this year. I can’t wait till the weather warms up a bit.

I have found the most wonderful eBook and it offers great ideas about container gardening. I have gotten some great tips from it.

You can check it out here for yourself. Container Gardening Secrets

postheadericon I Use Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth

Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is EPA approved and registered for use against indoor and outdoor crawling insects, including cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, fleas, boxelder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, grasshoppers, ticks, millipedes, scorpions, slugs, and silverfish. For use in Cracks, Crevices, Hiding and Running Areas, Under and Behind Appliances, and Wall and Floor Surfaces. For use in and around homes, office buildings, restaurants, motels, warehouses, theaters, schools, hotels, and food handling establishments.

DE is odorless and nontoxic.

Indoor and Outdoor Application: Sprinkle a light layer of DE in areas where pests frequent, including under stoves, cabinets, sinks, garbage cans, window and door frames and sills, entrance ways, sewer pipes and drains, and in cracks and crevices. Repeat treatment as needed.
For Carpet Beetles: Thoroughly dust along baseboards, carpet edges, under furniture, carpet, and rugs, and in closets and shelving.
For Bedbugs: Take apart bed and dust joints and channels. Dust any hollow tubing and the interior framework as well as the mattress and all cracks in the room.
For Fleas: Thoroughly dust carpets and pet’s bedding and sleeping areas, as well as cracks and baseboards. It also can be rubbed into your pet’s fur.
For Flies: Thoroughly dust areas where flies frequent (walls, straw bedding, livestock pens). It also can be applied to livestock coat as an insect repellent/contact insecticide.

DE is composed of finely milled fossilized shells of minuscule organisms called diatoms. The microscopically fine, sharp edges desiccate the insects’ exoskeleton upon contact and the pests dehydrate and die within hours. The insects also die when they eat the dust.

postheadericon Food Grade Diatomaceous earth

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Perma-Guard Organic Diatomaceous Earth
Mined from the purest of deposits from prehistoric freshwater lake beds,
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth consists of finely milled silica shells of
ancient microscopic freshwater plants called diatoms. Of 600 deposits in
the U.S., only 4 rate in purity by FDA standards to label as “Food Grade”.

There is no clay in our product.

Examples of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Uses for Pets & People:
Flea control, human health benefits, organic pest control, bed bugs,
pet food health supplement, cat litter odor control and whiter teeth!
Don’t Forget our Best Friends – Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits..
They need DE for Fleas, Ticks, Ear Mites..even worming
and as a health supplement to add to their pet food.
Please see our “Critters” page.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is a mainstay for organic pest control on farms.
DE is used heavily by organic farms partly because of its organic nature, but DE is also used
by non-organic growers for pest control because DE (Fossil Shell Flour) is so effective,
and garden insects never become immune. DE kills bugs physically, not chemically.

Farms and Ranches use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth as a feed supplement for animals and livestock for better health. DE is also recommended by veterinarians as a health supplement when added daily to pet food, and as a topical flea control treatment. Food Grade DE can also be found in food that is eaten by most people every day, as DE is widely used and FDA approved for use by the nation’s farms in agricultural grain storage.

This brings us to one of the most exciting trends … Increased use of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for human health benefits. Because of FDA control and oversight of labeling, many wonderful natural, herbal or organic supplements will seldom if ever claim to be treatments or remedies for specific maladies. This is also true of Food Grade DE.

Within this site, you can learn about DE as an effective bed bug remedy and also of the many  everyday household uses for this remarkable substance. Every home should have it.

To Read FAQ’s about Diatomaceous Earth Click Here

REQUIRED FDA DISCLAIMER: Content on this site is for reference purposes only, based on reviews from users of food grade diatomaceous earth. It is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare professional. User statements regarding DE as dietary supplement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. Those with health problems, pregnancy or who are nursing are specifically advised that they should consult their physician before taking any nutritional supplement.
* Any food grade DE uses discussed on this site other than those approved by the EPA, FDA, or USDA are strictly anicdotal reports of what countless numbers of users as well as we ourselves have experienced using diatomaceous earth

ABOUT EPA LABELS: All of the Food Grade DE that we sell is exactly the same product on the inside, but there is a very important difference in the labeling. Because DE kills insects, only when used for that purpose, it falls under EPA regulatory control. All of the claims that we make on this site about killing insects can only be made on food grade DE with the EPA label on it. We sell the EPA labeled product in 5 and 50 lb. bags. We also sell the NON-EPA labled 50 lb. bag. Most of our packaging reflects general use, and therefore has no EPA label on it. If you purchase the non-EPA labeled product, you acknowledge that you are buying the diatomaceous earth for some other purpose than for killing insects.

postheadericon How Diatomaceous Earth Works

This is a short video that was done by Larry Smith of EarthWorks Health. This is the same place that I purchase my Diatomaceous Earth (DE).
This video is just an EXCELLENT overview of DE, what it is and how it works. I am sure you will enjoy Larry’s presentation of this all natural product.
I have watch it several times.

 
Click here to see all that EarthWorks Health has available.

postheadericon Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth How-To-Tips

I have to tell you about a book I bought that contains so much wonderful information about Diatomaceous Earth. I thought I knew a lot about this great product that I have been using but I have found I didn’t know hardly anything.
The book is called Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth How-To-Tips, by Tui Rose, R.N. This is a very informative book on all the many uses of food grade diatomaceous earth!! The author goes into much detail on everything from using DE for pets to pest control to people. Most of the information in the book is based on her many years of actual experience with DE. You will not be far into the book when you will catch her passion for all the many uses of safe and natural food grade diatomaceous earth.If you are interested in the many benefits of using diatomaceous earth this is a must have book for you.

Going Green Using Diatomaceous Earth How-To-Tips

postheadericon No More Chemicals for ME

As I sit looking out my window at more snow than I have seen in years I am thinking… SPRING!
With that thought comes gardening… shrubs, plants, flowers the whole rebirthing of nature.
Do you use chemicals to keep your lawn and garden pest free?
I use to, but not anymore. I have found a great way to keep bugs away, naturally.

postheadericon Cat Nip and Diatomaceous Earth

The other day I sprinkled some dry cat nip on a small rug for my cat that was lying on it. He of course went crazy the way most cats do when they are exposed to cat nip.

Most cats love catnip. They roll in it and try to eat it. Some salivate when they are around the aroma of catnip. It really is fun to watch how they react to it. It is defiantly intoxicating to most cats.

So I had this BRILLIANT idea of adding diatomaceous earth to the rug too.

This cat was not only having a great time rolling in the cat nip but he was also rolling in the DE and dusting himself for fleas and other crawly things.

Several of my other cats came to the rug and took their turn rolling in the cat nip and the De. When everyone had their fill I took the rug outside and shook it over my flowers.

Not that is what I call recycling!!

postheadericon Diatomaceous Earth as a Science Project

Many People attend school science fairs. What a great introduction to the community of the many benefits of Diatomaceous Earth. A whole display could be created about this dirt. Showing benefits and uses.

You could purchase a 50# bag of DE, repackage into smaller bags and sell it. You could have cards printed and flyers made so that people would be able to contact you to place an order.

postheadericon Diatomaceous Earth… A Well Kept Secret

I am so pleased to be able to share with you information about this wonderful all natural product called Diatomaceous Earth. Many years ago I picked up a Mother Earth magazine and read a very interesting article about this stuff called DE for short. The article told about all of the benefits but the part that I was most fascinated with was the fact that you could eat it but it also killed bugs…How could that be?

I set out to find out more about what actually turned out to be a form of dirt. Now mind you this was before Al Gore invented the internet and way before I had a computer so I really had very little to go on.

I took what information I had to my local Co-Op and they too thought it sounded like  great stuff but they were never able to find the “Food Grade” which was spoke of in the Mother Earth article. I did purchase a bag of what they so graciously stocked for me and it did indeed kill the bugs where I put it but I would NEVER have eaten it. So it really was NOT EXACTLY what I was looking for.

Fast forward to mid-summer 2010 (now). I had ants.. lots of ants. I did an online search to help me get rid of these pesky buggers and I once again discovered Diatomaceous Earth.  But this time it was EXACTLY what I had been looking for many years ago.. “Food Grade”. I ordered a bag.  My dirt was here within a week. I loved the quick service. I bought it from a company called Earth Works Health.

At this time I would like to thanks them for allowing me to use the information that is on their website for this blog. I can post stories that I am sure will be down home and of interest to many, but their information has all of the research ect. The owner Larry told me to use what ever I wanted from his site…

Gosh!! I hope he meant that remark because I sure did a bit of BORROWING!!

I am certain that the pesticide companies and the makers of flea products for your pets as well as the people who make colon cleansers would not be happy if the benefits of this all natural product leaked out

We will be discussing all of that and MORE….I hope you will enjoy what I have to share with you.

You can eat my dirt!!