The Real Paleo Diet…BUGS!

Is seems correct to me. If people want to eat like cavemen they will have to be eating bugs. That was a significant source of protein back in the day. Here is the link to the story.

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An Introduction to Butterfly Gardening

Swallowtail Butterfly larvae

Swallowtail Butterfly larvae


In order to attract butterflies to your garden, you have to make your yard more inviting to them. You’ll need to provide plants that the caterpillars can use, food for the adult butterflies, and a good place for the butterflies to breed.

Most varieties of butterflies will also need some sort of shelter from wind. Although they really like open areas with a lot of sun, you’ll probably need to provide some sort of windbreak to protect them from high winds that can disturb them.

Butterflies often congregate by the edges of mud puddles. You’ve probably seen this before. It isn’t known exactly why butterflies enjoy mud puddles so much, but it’s thought that it may be certain minerals that are present in the muddy water. If you want to attract a lot of butterflies, you might consider keeping some damp areas in your garden.

Female butterflies need plants that can be eaten by the caterpillars that hatch from their eggs. Black swallowtails prefer dill and parsley, for example. Monarch butterflies typically only lay their eggs on milkweed. Female butterflies spend a lot of time searching for these plants to lay their eggs on.

Adult butterflies eat nectars from various flowers. Flowers that contain a lot of nectar are especially attractive to butterflies. These flowers are usually brightly colored and sweetly scented. Some species of butterflies feed on the honeydew produced by aphids. Some even feed on plant spa, bird feces, or rotting fruit!

Your butterfly garden should contain at least one big patch of flowers that will attract butterflies. You may want to get flowers that bloom in sequence, because this will keep butterflies visiting your garden more often.

You should bear in mind that many flowers that are preferred by butterflies are considered weeds. For example, dandelion is very attractive to several types of butterflies. Thistle is another weed that many types of butterflies enjoy.

If you have an herb garden or vegetable garden, you may notice some butterflies congregating on some of your plants there. The European cabbage butterfly enjoys broccoli, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables. The black swallowtail often frequents herbs such as dill and parsley.

Don’t use insecticides in your garden unless absolutely necessary, because they can kill caterpillars. Some insecticides can also kill the adult butterflies if they light on plants that have been treated, or if they drink nectar that was polluted by poison.

Some flowers you should plant if you like to attract butterflies include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, herbs like parsley and dill, and many types of flowers. Some great flowers for butterfly gardens include asters, lilacs, verbena, zinnias, cosmos, marigolds, sunflowers, thistles, butterfly bush, bee balm, and sweet pea.

Making your garden hospitable for butterflies doesn’t take a lot of extra work. Simply keeping a small wet area for them and planting a few plants that they’ll enjoy is often enough to attract a number of butterflies.

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Composting With Worms By Layering Rubbish

has a new article on composting with worms by layering which is very interesting. I has in depth information on what to do step by step for raising worms to make castings out of various garden and yard waste. There is even a trouble shooting section for your compost bin or pile. Check out the Composting with worms article here.

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14 Day Worm Castings

Secret Revealed – How to turn 100% of worm bedding material into Worm Castings (organic fertilizer) in just 14 Days… Same technology we use On Organic Worm Farm! Grow Larger Plants… Faster… Helps Suppress certain plant diseases & pests! This Is The Same Exact Technology We Use On Organic Worm Farm Producing A Granular Type Of Worm Castings With Consistency Week After Week!

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Holtz Heritage Farm is proud to introduce its exclusive wooden worm farm. Handcrafted right here in the beautiful rolling hills of southern middle Tennessee. Bring a unique piece of our southern farm to your patio, balcony, garage or cellar knowing that soon you will reap the benefits of vermicompost.
Vermicomposting turns your green food scraps and light yard waste into rich compost that will naturally aid plant health, tastier garden produce, and raises land productivity. By using vermicompost in gardens, harmful chemicals and pesticides are no longer needed in the cultivation of your produce or household plants.
Vermicompost aids the growing of healthy nutritious and chemical free crops and plants. Here are just another few benefits of vermicompost:
· Promotes faster growth of plants
· Increases crop yield with less irrigation R
· Reduces soil erosion
· Lessens wasteland formation
· Produces crop with a better taste without toxic residues
Why use Holtz Heritage Wooden Worm Farm over the Chinese plastic version?
· Wood allows excellent air circulation, keeping worms healthy and contents odorless
· Wood is an environmentally renewable resource unlike plastics which can be harmful to the environment.
· Made in the USA – support our own economy!
Uses upward-migration system of rotating stacking trays: as the worms consume and process waste, they move up through the composter to new food sources.
This is an unfinished unit. If you are interested in a finished unit we have those also. A single coat of walnut oil is recommended on all wood surfaces to extend the life of the composter.

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Red Wiggler Composting Worms 3lb Pack

YOU MUST PROVIDE A PHONE NUMBER IN ORDER TO GET YOUR WORMS SHIPPED!! Red Wigglers are tough and hardy. Adaptable to many environments, Redworms have been breaking down organic waste to make natural fertilizer for millions of years. They also aid in the breaking down of pathogens. These worms are prolific breeders, laying one egg capsule as often as every seven days. Each worm capsule will hatch an average of 3 to 4 earthworms. The hatched earthworms will grow into breeders in about three months. They are very popular live bait for fish that prefer small baits, such as trout, bluegill, perch or crappie. Red Wigglers are easy to use as bait, easily surviving in temperatures between 38 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Worm Castings – 4qt

WHAT IS WORM CASTING? "Worm castings" is the name of the digested organic matter that earthworms produce. It is often called "vermicompost" because it is a mixture of castings and decayed organic matter with nutrients. It is dark colored, soil-like, earthy, and odor-free, and it is the finest soil amendment known to man! Vermicompost feeds your soil, so that your soil can feed your plants. Think of it as TLC for organic gardeners. Vermicompost contains a biologically active mixture of bacteria, fungi, and microbes that break-down organic matter forming humus and releasing nutrients and plant growth hormones to the soil naturally. It contains more nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium than in topsoil plus other elements that plants require. As earthworms digest their food, a coating is formed around the castings, allowing the nutrients to slowly ''time-release'' into the soil. These particles withstand water erosion and compaction, drain more freely, but retain thin films of water for the roots, resulting in less water use. Research at Ohio State University shows that vermicompost protects plants from soil pathogens and predators, resulting in healthier plants. OUR WORM CASTING: Our vermicompost contains no weed seeds, and may be used indoors or outdoors on any tree, plant, lawn, or vegetable garden. Add to the hole when planting, mix with organic potting soils, top-dress existing plants, or soak in water to make an extract for spraying on foliage and for watering. Use sparingly! A little vermicompost goes a long way

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Worm Castings – 2qt

WHAT IS WORM CASTING? "Worm castings" is the name of the digested organic matter that earthworms produce. It is often called "vermicompost" because it is a mixture of castings and decayed organic matter with nutrients. It is dark colored, soil-like, earthy, and odor-free, and it is the finest soil amendment known to man! Vermicompost feeds your soil, so that your soil can feed your plants. Think of it as TLC for organic gardeners. Vermicompost contains a biologically active mixture of bacteria, fungi, and microbes that break-down organic matter forming humus and releasing nutrients and plant growth hormones to the soil naturally. It contains more nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium than in topsoil plus other elements that plants require. As earthworms digest their food, a coating is formed around the castings, allowing the nutrients to slowly ''time-release'' into the soil. These particles withstand water erosion and compaction, drain more freely, but retain thin films of water for the roots, resulting in less water use. Research at Ohio State University shows that vermicompost protects plants from soil pathogens and predators, resulting in healthier plants. OUR WORM CASTING: Our vermicompost contains no weed seeds, and may be used indoors or outdoors on any tree, plant, lawn, or vegetable garden. Add to the hole when planting, mix with organic potting soils, top-dress existing plants, or soak in water to make an extract for spraying on foliage and for watering. Use sparingly! A little vermicompost goes a long way

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What's included: Worm Farm 20 live red worms Bedding/Soil Sand Water Sprayer Starter Feed 2 Packs of stickers (letters for name of worm farm and decorative stickers) Care Instructions Description: Kid's Worm farms were rated as the number 3 organic gift of last year. This is that perfect gift for any child from ages 2 to 99. Worm Farms let kids of all ages enjoy observing the weird and wiggly world of worms as they go about their amazing daily business. Raising worms is educational and fun!

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Red Wiggler Composting Worms 5lb Pack

YOU MUST PROVIDE A PHONE NUMBER IN ORDER TO GET YOUR WORMS SHIPPED!! Red Wigglers are tough and hardy. Adaptable to many environments, Redworms have been breaking down organic waste to make natural fertilizer for millions of years. They also aid in the breaking down of pathogens. These worms are prolific breeders, laying one egg capsule as often as every seven days. Each worm capsule will hatch an average of 3 to 4 earthworms. The hatched earthworms will grow into breeders in about three months. They are very popular live bait for fish that prefer small baits, such as trout, bluegill, perch or crappie. Red Wigglers are easy to use as bait, easily surviving in temperatures between 38 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

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