Life is a Stage and We Are Stuntmen

Community, Our Homestead, Sustainable Living
... from the Natural Handyman Every now and then I wonder, "Will I be found out?" Ever have the sense that you are in the wrong place, or that you really aren't who everyone thinks you are? Perhaps you are a businessman, a nurse or postal worker. You get up every morning and do the best job you can. But in your mind's eye there is a nagging doubt that your success is not your own but an accident, and someone will see you for what you are... a fake! How is it possible that we could feel like stunt men in our own lives, stand-ins for our real selves who are much less confident and brave than the face we show to the world each day? I think it's…
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Dealing With Earwigs in the Garden

Dealing With Earwigs in the Garden

Organic Pest & Disease Control
What IS an earwig? There are more than twenty species of earwigs in the United States. Some species produce a foul smelling liquid that they use for defense. Earwigs also produce a pheromone (scent). Scientists believe that this pheromone is the reason that earwigs cluster together in large numbers. Everyone has probably seen an earwig at one time or another in their life. They are everywhere from Aachen to Zyryanka! They are one of the oldest insects on our planet. They will run toward you which makes you think they are aggressive but in reality they are running for the closest dark place to hide, like under your shoe! What do earwigs look like? Earwigs are about 1" long (2.5 cm) with a hard, reddish brown shell and pinchers at…
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Colorado Potato Beetles

Colorado Potato Beetles

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Errrr... Colorado Potato Beetles I have grown potatoes in many parts of the United States and until this year did I have a single potato beetle show up for dinner. I am dead serious. Never. I have always heard about potato beetles I even looked them up once in an old class book from my days in college (Horticulture Science) so I even knew what they looked like, but I had honestly never seen one in my garden. The first time I picked one up, I was really very intrigued. They really are very beautiful beetles. They look like a very neat and tidy, efficient little bug. And they are. They increase their resistance to most pesticides after too long. I have read that the development of many insecticides/ pesticides…
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