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Diatomaceous Earth for Controlling Pests

What is diatomaceous earth? (DE) A multitude of Americans is becoming more and more aware of the chemicals and other potentially dangerous ingredients in the food we eat, in our household cleaners and in the products we use to maintain our gardens and control pests. We’re trying to eliminate these products from our lives with more natural, less toxic products. That’s where diatomaceous earth (DE) comes in. It’s non-toxic and all-natural, made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, an ancient …

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Planning and Building a Bee-Friendly Backyard

Like most of you, I have a love/hate relationship with bees. I hate their stings, and thank goodness, no one in my family is allergic to them, but I love their role in nature, acting as the major pollinator. Without them, many different species of plants and animals wouldn’t survive and one way to support them is to create a bee-friendly backyard. Last year we decided to develop a close, personal relationship with bees by adding beehives to our busy backyard. …

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15 Ways to Make Camping With Kids Easier Than You Think

We don’t believe in waiting until our kids are “old enough” to camp. My first child was 6 months old when we set up the tent in the back yard and spent the night. My second child was 10 months old when we managed to pick the hottest weekend of the entire year to go to a campground. And my youngest was a co-sleeping, nursing infant when we packed her off to the campground with her siblings. Camping with kids …

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