12 Ways to Critter-Proof Your Garden

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Back in January, I asked on Facebook which specific critters, insects, or plant diseases have been the most problematic to your garden. So many of you chimed in with responses. Most people named one or more adorable but destructive critter; quite a few people mentioned insects; and no one mentioned any plant diseases.

To keep this post from becoming a novel, destructive insects and plant diseases will be addressed as separate posts.

Here’s how I see these adorable but destructive critters:

Nearly all of them will fit into one, some as many as three, category based on how they move about: flyers, tall walkers, short walkers, climbers, and diggers. Many solutions for one animal will prevent all animals in that category from getting into your garden. Of course, that won’t always be the case, but many times it will be.

I’ve included at the end of this post a nifty little table I created of various critters and the category in which they fit.

1. Cinder Blocks

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Okay. This idea is not for the faint of heart. If you consider yourself a leisure gardener, this will NOT appeal to you. It will take a one-time big investment of sweat and brawn.

If you’re bound and determined to live off your land and keep persistent diggers out of your garden, here’s an idea I had:

  1. Dig a trench 8 inches wide x 8 inches deep around the perimeter of your garden.
  2. Place cinder blocks – with openings vertically oriented!! :) – back-to-back in the trench.
  3. Bury the cinder blocks with the dug-up dirt.

If you’re up to the physical workout, you could even go two cinder blocks deep. (It only took me about 5-10 minutes to dig one hole for a cinder block, as seen in above photo.)

Don’t get in so much of a hurry that you forget the simple things, like making sure the cinder block openings are vertically oriented. Otherwise, you’ve just unwittingly constructed an elaborate underground tunnel highway INTO your garden. :D

2. Motion Detector Sprinkler System

John is an engineer and an amazing problem-solver.

The first house we lived in, we had a very nice neighbor next door who had a few cats. When our gravel driveway got wet from rain or the late night or early morning dew, the cats would walk around gathering the gravel dust onto their paws, as much as their paws could hold, – oh, yes, it was intentional – and then jump onto our cars and make these *adorable* paw prints all over them.

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Mega-Bananza Fall Bundle Sale!! {$2,000 Value for Only $39}

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It’s that time of year again when we all [try to] slow down a bit and get cozied up indoors for the cool weather and long-awaited holiday breaks.

The summer madness has ended, and we can take a deep breath, wind down, and catch up on ebooks and videos.

Today, I’m THRILLED to offer an absolutely phenomenal sale. This sale is a HUGE bundle of ebooks, coupons, exclusive podcasts, online video classes, meal plans, and magazines.

Not only do you get a ton of stuff, you can have them for only a fraction of the retail price. And when I say a fraction I mean a teeny, tiny, itzy bitzy fraction. But the sale ends in less than a week – November 7th!

The Fall Into Health Download Package Includes:

47 e-books – $955 value
21 discount coupons – Over $500 value
15 exclusive podcasts – $45 value
3 online video classes – $277 value
2 meal plans – $223 value
2 magazines – $63 value

ALL THIS FOR ONLY $39

(Total Retail Value – Over $2,000)


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The 47 ebooks consist of these great topics:
Cookbooks
Holidays/Gifts
Fitness and Weight Loss
Getting Healthy
DIY and Crafts
Homesteading and Green Living
Living the Real Food Lifestyle
Feeding Children

Can’t read the ebook names in the photo? No problem. Click the “Learn More” button to find out all kinds of information about each one of these great ebooks and the rest of the great deals.

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Poison Ivy Natural Remedies

Most people have gotten into poison ivy at least once, and suffered the consequences. However, some have been blessed with a natural defense against poison ivy’s urushiol oil. They seem to experience no allergic reaction.

My grandpa is such a person. As a young boy, … I shudder to even say this … he ate poison ivy. I don’t know, or remember, why. Maybe it involved a group of little boys trying to outdo each other in double-dares. Who knows, but he learned he’s not allergic to poison ivy. (Do NOT eat poison ivy. Doing so is EXTREMELY dangerous.)

For those not like my grandpa, the constant itchy and burning sensation can be so intense they’ll go to extreme measures to find relief. I read how one person broke open their blisters, and then poured bleach on them. Someone I know poured gasoline on his poison ivy rash.

In this post, we’re going to stick to natural remedies. ;)

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When Bugs Are Bug’n Ya … Remedies

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Exodus 8:20b-21
20b) “… Then say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 21) Or else, if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand…” ‘ “

I love the detailed, historical account in the book of Exodus of

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Recipe: Garden Facial (Beauty Mask)

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I remember reading a magazine article, back when I was a young or pre-teen, of an actress (don’t remember who it was) who kept her beautiful looks, in part, with the help of a fruit facial. The beauty of this garden facial is it’s simple, frugal, and the ingredients are all natural, and readily available. The only ingredients involved are strawberries, bananas, and cucumbers. (I only remember reading about strawberries and bananas, but figured I’d add the cucumbers to the facial.)

Just about anyone reading this can grow strawberries and cucumbers. Many of you can also grow bananas.

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