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Sunday, April 25, 2010

5 Ways to Use Eggshells in Your Garden from PLANET GREEN

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5 Ways to Use Eggshells in Your Garden

posted by Megan, selected from Planet Green Apr 24, 2010 3:02 pm

A normal person looks at an egg and thinks “omelet” or “frittata.” A gardener (especially one who tends to be on the obsessive end of the spectrum) looks at an egg and thinks “yes! Eggshells!”

Five Ways to Use Eggshells in Your Garden

1. Add crushed eggshells to the bottom of planting holes, especially for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. These crops are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is caused by calcium deficiency. While this deficiency is most often caused by improper watering, there’s no harm in making sure your plants have a steady source of calcium. As the eggshells break down, they’ll nourish the soil, and your plants.

2. Use eggshells as pots for starting plants from seed. Then plant the seedling, “pot” and all, into the garden.

3. Use crushed eggshells to deter slugs, snails, and cutworms. These garden pests are a real pain in the gardener’s neck, and cutworms are the worst, killing seedlings by severing the stems at soil level. All three of these pests have soft undersides, and dislike slithering across anything sharp. Crushed eggshells, applied to the soil’s surface, may help deter these pests.

4. Add them to the compost pile. If you aren’t planting tomatoes or trying to deter slugs, add the eggshells to your compost pile, where they’ll add calcium to your finished compost.

5. If you are feeding birds in your yard, crush up the eggshells and add them to a dish near the feeder. Female birds, particularly those who are getting ready to lay eggs or recently finished laying, require extra calcium and will definitely appreciate it!

No matter how you want to use them, be sure to rinse the shells out well before using them in the garden.

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Friday, April 23, 2010


A lady in Canada just gave my pain eaters their genus name!  Loctollipops!

Loctollipops look like octopus, but are suckers for pain~

Isn't that Perfect?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Are you old enough to rememer Purple People Eater

Ae you old enough to remember Sheb Wolley's song, Purple People Eater?

Well, Description if you are near my age, you will remember the song, Purple People Eater . . . Written and sung by Sheb Wooley
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Well I saw the thing comin' out of the sky
It had the one long horn, one big eye
I commenced to shakin' and I said "ooh-eee"
It looks like a purple eater to me

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
(One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater)
A one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me (One eye?)

Well he came down to earth and he lit in a tree
I said Mr. Purple People Eater, don't eat me
I heard him say in a voice so gruff
I wouldn't eat you cuz you're so tough

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
One-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me (One horn?)

I said Mr. Purple People Eater, what's your line
He said it's eatin' purple people and it sure is fine
But that's not the reason that I came to land
I wanna get a job in a rock and roll band

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater
Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin' purple people eater
(We wear short shorts)
Flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me

And then he swung from the tree and he lit on the ground
He started to rock, really rockin' around
It was a crazy ditty with a swingin' tune
Sing a boop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater
Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin' purple people eater
I like short shorts
Flyin' little people eater
Sure looks strange to me (Purple People?)

And then he went on his way, and then what do ya know
I saw him last night on a TV show
He was blowing it out, a'really knockin' em dead
Playin' rock and roll music through the horn in his head


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My version is on my Etsy site, they are crocheted and have feather 'wings' and craft 'pipe cleaners' for his horn, so he not for young children.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

My latest finished crochet object - now in my Etsy store

* * * * * This is Pinkie Pain Drain * * * * *

Pinkie is a Loctollipop, she looks like an octopus but is a Sucker for pain!

She helps those of us with chronic pain, by easing our pain. Of course one has to believe that Pinkie can do her job, before she is able to.
Pinkie sits nearby, so she can keep her pearlized eyes on us, and using UPS, ummm I mean ESP, she does her best to drain the pain from our bodies, leaving us relaxed and contented.
Pinkie is an Animagurumi and her body is approximately 3" tall. She is NOT approved by the AMA nor by the FDA. But I have great faith in her.

DISCLAMER: Pinkie Pain Drain is only an Amigurumi. She is NOT a medical device, and other than being cute and relaxing to hold and look at, I make no claims about her powers of healing.  Well, she does make one smile, and helps us to remember that others care about us.  Those things alone help us feel better~

Pinkie is for sale at my Etsy shop;
There will be other pain & depression critters as time and energy permit~

If you are a fellow sufferer of chronic pain, visit our group, Chronic Stitchers, on Ravelry - - -

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