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No-Poison Ant Control
Ants 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.

Is Your Organic Garden Really Organic? Hidden Problems with Lead and Arsenic in your soil
You 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?

What Is Compost And Do I Need It?
Some 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.

Got Stress? Go Gardening!
In 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 grow.

Ease Those Bug Bites with Easy Herbs
Summertime 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.

Natural Bug Repellant
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.

Banish 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.

What’s 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 "weeds."

Pest 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.

Speed 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.

Keep Insects and Pests Out Without Using Chemicals
Keeping 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.

Make your own greenhouse for $50
Am I proud of myself or what? I wanted an early start on my lettuce, peas and spinach, a frost-proof place to get my tomatoes in early and a way to extend my harvest into the late fall and even winter.


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