are pests in the house. In the home, common ants aren't harmful — but
they are a nuisance. There are many natural repellants that can
be used to discourage ants from kitchen counters, pantries and
other areas where food lures them in.
Your Organic Garden Really Organic? Hidden Problems with
Lead and Arsenic in your soil
know not to garden near your house, because your home was once
painted with lead-based paint. You know not to garden near
the road because automobile exhaust used to contain lead. But
did you know that former farming practices might have contributed
to lead and arsenic contamination in your soil?
Is Compost And Do I Need It?
people think compost is a just a bunch of manure. Others think
it's what happens to your body when you die and get buried: "My
Uncle Joe died last year, and his body has been de-compostin'
ever since." Compost
is defined in the dictionary as "a mixture of decaying
organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used to improve
soil structure and provide nutrients." That's a great
definition, but it really doesn't tell the whole story. It
should say, "Compost is the greatest thing ever!" Well,
the dictionary probably won't ever say that — but I will.
Stress? Go Gardening!
its purest form, gardening is about connecting with the earth
and resetting our clocks to the simple, natural rhythms of life.
Try as we may, we can't really speed up a tomato plant and make
it grow by our timetable. We must adapt, and in doing so, gardening
offers us a gentle reminder about what's really important in life:
food, water, warmth, a bit of loving attention and some room to
Those Bug Bites with Easy Herbs
means insect bites and stings. Ouch! Take a leaf from Susun S.
Weed's storehouse of natural remedies: Soothe, heal and prevent
bites with safe herbal remedies that grow right where you live:
north or south, east or west, city or country. The best natural
remedies for insect bites are right underfoot.
Despite daily intake of supplements reputed to
be bug deterrents (garlic and B vitamins), many of us are still
sweet meat for the little critters. Acknowledging the skin’s
ability to absorb substances into the bloodstream (modern medicine’s
example of this biological fact is the invention of skin patches
for delivering pharmaceutical drugs into the body) encourages
us to seek out natural alternatives to chemical insect repellants.
Garden Pests Naturally
Everyone loves beautiful
plants, but most of us really don't care for the pests that sometimes
go along with them. If you love plants but hate bugs, you can
get rid of the naturally. Below are some great natural pest control
remedies for those unwanted creepy-crawlies.
Natural in Your Yard or Garden?
Your garden: what fun —
and frustration — await you there! The best mentor you can
choose, as far as I'm concerned, is nature herself. Nature likes
life everywhere. Have an open field and plants magically appear!
This is the way plants grow when left to themselves. We don't
have to struggle so much. It
is wisest to let nature have her way. Nature has her own agenda,
and your life as a gardener will be easier if you bow to her desires.
Better to dance with the fairies than struggle with eliminating
Control the Frugal, Natural Way
Whether in the garden, yard or in
the house, all of us have at one time or another had to deal with
pests. Here are some ways to get rid of insects and other pests
without spending a lot on expensive products.
up gardening with baby veggies
Planting a garden is a rite of spring. Having your
child participate will foster a bond with all things natural.
But plants grow slowly, and children are impatient. A compromise
can be made by raising baby veggies.
Insects and Pests Out Without Using Chemicals
insects and other pests out of your home can sometimes be a chore.
In the warm months of the year, pests are so persistent. They
just keep coming back.
your own greenhouse for $50
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