Diatomaceous Earth

I know I talk a lot about organic gardening. Here is a great discussion on Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE is a great organic alternative to pesticide for many garden pests. If you have dogs, spread this in the yard instead of using strong pesticides directly on your pets for flea control.

Happy gardening and remember to “bee” positive!

Diatomaceous Earth is a natural, organic garden pest control, it is a powder made of 100-percent organic ground fossils of diatoms that came from fresh water


Diatomaceous Earth kills by physical action- not chemical. While it seems like a harmless powder to us, it is actually quite sharp and hazardous to insects. It must come in contact with the pest to be effective. It will scratch and puncture the exoskeleton of soft-bodied insects, thereby causing them to dehydrate and die.

I dust it on the plants to reduce numbers of whiteflies and aphids, I first spray the plant with organic insecticidal soap, then I dust the powder on the wet plant and it sticks for days.

I didn’t really know I had an aphid problem until I noticed the drying and yellowing of my out of season watermelon plant that was doing pretty well until its infestation, and one of the corn plants. I…

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