Thursday, February 28, 2008

Vinegar In The Garden

We all know that vinegar has a hundred uses in the home, but it can be used in the garden also.

Kill Grass and Weeds
Use full strength in any area where you do not want anything to grow. Be careful not to put it on a slope that will cause it to run down into an area that you want things to grow in. This stuff really works, so use it carefully. You can apply it with a spray bottle.

Dirty Planter and Pots
Planters and pots begin to look old and crummy with the salt buildup from watering. Soak the stains in full strength vinegar. You can use a sponge to soak and then to rub off.

Ant Repellent
Full strength vinegar will keep ants from going into the house if you spray around doorways or any opening you know exists. You'll have to reapply at least two times a week, so leave the bottle right inside the door to remind you.

Freshen Your Cut Flowers
Vinegar helps flowers to last longer in the vase. Add about 1 T. to 2 cups of water and also add 1 a pinch of sugar.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Roaches

Donna just spent a few weeks in the Costa Rica rainforest. There are some huge roaches in Costa Rica and geckos are known to love them. She had a gecko at her cabin door that she considered her Gecko Angel.

She had 19 days in that cabin room and never saw a roach, but noticed the gecko (who feeds at night like roaches) around her door many times. There are laws against, and we're not in favor of, taking geckos from the wild, or having pets that you are not prepared to care for, but there are home-bred geckos that live happily in a home taking care of more than just roaches. You need to fully educate yourself before making a decision on this pet option. It is easy to forget about them and they not get enough food.

A better solution for roaches is what has worked for many years for many people. We have lived in the woods for 18 years and in the Spring and Fall we get the Wood Roaches roaming through. We don't kill them. They are few in number, so we return them to the outdoors.

Few in number is not the case for many people, so this recipe to make Roach Balls will be simpler than having a gecko to watch over.

Roach Balls

1/2 cup boric acid (purchased at pharmacy)
2 T. granulated sugar
2 T. chopped onion
2T. shortening
1 teaspoon water (if needed for consistency)

Blend in bowl till consistency like dough. Then roll into balls. Put a ball inside a small paper cup and place where you have roach problem. They eat the balls and carry them back to other roaches. This recipe will make about 25 balls. You can freeze extras. Be sure to keep out of reach of pets and children.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Ebates - Rebate Shopping

We have used this service and found it to be helpful and economical. If you are going to shop, this is a great way to get a rebate back on all your purchases.

After you register, make it a habit to shop through the Ebates website by searching for a company or product that you want to buy. Get started now.
"Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world." Duane Elgin

"Do what is good with your own hands, so that you might earn something to give to the needy." Ephesians 4:28