Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Strange White Powder
Yesterday we had a visitor expected, he was the previous owner of Thelma and Connie, he brought me a tub of white powder
Not sure what to make of this gift until he explained to me what it was
DE powder (Diatomaceous earth) I had often come across this being mentioned in various circles but never seen it and asumed it would be earth coloured.
Here is an extract from Wikipedia
diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including metal polishes and toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator.
Here is another extract off the web
All livestock, Horses, Cows, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, Chickens and others will benefit from the use of Diatomaceous Earth. It is completely safe and nontoxic. Some of the benefits are; Control of fleas and ticks, stimulates basic metabolism, converts feed better, reduces odor and moisture in barns and stalls, results in better coat and hoof condition, keeps fly larvae from developing in manure, noticeably reducing the fly population, reduces annual vet bills, controls worms and internal parasites without chemicals, better egg production, stronger eggs, and reduces overall animal stress. Diatomaceous Earth can be mixed right in with the animals feed.
I am now trying DE powder on all our livestock including Sol.
If there is anyone else using it let me know :-)
Yesterday we had the smallest of the ducks we had prepared, along with a couple of these
Globe Artichokes, cooked in boiling water for 15 mins and drizzled with melted butter, there is a lot of them coming on I dont expect we will get round to eating them all, buts thats alright when the heads open up to revel there lovely thistle like flowers the bees will enjoy them. They are a perennial plant so there will be plenty more next year.
Martin got the holes dug for my two very special fir trees, and managed to get them out of the half barrels for me, they should start to put on a lot of growth now I have had them for 8 years and watched them grow from little spindle trees.
The half barrels I am going to re-use at the end of the drive planted up with bulbs for spring and some geraniums in summer. I want to re-paint the metal rims first, once planted they will be too heavy t move I might pop in a few soalr lights as well to show our entrance.
Today I popped out and met up with another small holder who moved to the area 10 months ago and came from just 7 miles away from were we lived, she is a goat keeper it will be handy to know some-one I can call on for advice, speaking of goats Thelma and Connie are settling in, this evening when I walked Sol I collected a load of Willow Bay Herb for them and had them eating from my hand, all steps in the right direction :-)