The pressure was on for the Spy’s Mother’s Day gift, right?! ahahah
In other news, we have a new activity: hanging at the barn/horseback riding!
Our friend/neighbor is the sweetest letting us tag along with her to the barn about once a week so she can learn all about horses!
The planting and spring activities continue in the garden.
The white powdery stuff in the above photo is diatomaceous earth. I bought a big bag of it and am hoping it will cut down on the pests this year (especially squash bugs which are the worst!)
Diatomaceous earth (pronunciation: /ˌdaɪ.ətəˌmeɪʃəs ˈɜːrθ/), also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceoussedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. 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. Diatomite is used as an insecticide, due to its abrasive and physico-sorptive properties. The fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Fick’s law of diffusion. (from Wikipedia)
Plus isn’t the word diatomaceous just great?! It should be an adjective and I may begin using it as such.
We have seen TONS of butterflies; including monarchs which I’ve never seen this early in the season!
Happy Mother’s Day!