I haven't used the clay scooping litter, so I can't give a direct
comparison, but yes the Sweat Scoop seems to clump OK. The clumps
have something of a loose structure (can tend to fall apart) when they
are still wet. If they dry out for a day or so they are more
cohesive. Sometimes you get wet litter on the bottom of the pan -
I've never seen this as a huge or unsolvable problem but some people I
know can't stand it.
There's a strong element of preference in this (both your preference
and your cat's). My cat was very tolerant when she was new and I was
trying out different litters.
We still keep one litter box of pine or cedar shavings for the cats that
don't like the clumping litter.
I'll have to experiment in a separate litter box with the new stuff. I'd
really like to start being able to put cat waste on my Canna bed again.
It did them a LOT of good.
That's part of it, although the plant looks like maybe it got too much
nitrogen because it doesn't have many blooms nor tomatoes yet. I think
those will just come later than on the plants that aren't doing so well.
I think next year when I do the "spring cleaning" in my back yard, I
will follow that umn.edu page's advice about burying dog waste at least
6" deep in the soil. I'll bury it about 10" deep under my tomato
The clumping after a number of hours (vs. within minutes) would be an
issue for those of us who have automatic litter boxes. I would really
like a "friendlier" litter, but clumping for the rake is important as it
rakes ten minutes after the cat has been there. The clay litter works
fine, but I have little choice but to send it to the dump as I have pretty
much put it all the places I can without compromising my garden. :-(
replying to Omelet, frugalmoving wrote:
I would try using diatomaceous earth (food grade) powder for the bugs. I use it
on my tomato plants and it works wonders. It is completely harmless to the
plant, but bugs hate it. It is like razor blades to them. They get cut up and
dry out. Its also harmless and it can be ingested for cleaning your colon or
used externally for skin exfoliation . I use it to keep ants out of certain
areas as well.
For the other problem with your water, I have a solution: colloidal silver. I
use it personally for a million things. The latest one is when I had a really
bad strawberry plant that litterally had mold growing all over the plant and was
inches from death. As a last resort to save it and to test out the silver, I
put some in a spray bottle and sprayed the entire outer leaves and stems of the
plant. I also applied some to the water and roots.
What happened next was better than I expected. The plant made a full and
speedy recovery, all mold was gone, and since silver really doesn't go away, the
plant will most likely be free from bacteria and disease for a long time to
come. Try it out!
Oh yeah another benefit: colloidal silver kills bug eggs and makes some bugs
sterile. Check it out!
I've never used silver . DE works well for some bugs , esp. those
with hard outer shells like beetles but for hornworms the solution is
Dipel , also known as Bacillus Thurigensis Kurstaki . I find it easier
to get a uniform application using dust and a small hand pump duster . I
use the same unit to apply DE - the thing is that if DE gets wet it
loses effectiveness and must be re-applied . We get heavy dew here
almost daily this time of year ...
I take exception to a caterpillar/worm that eats all the foliage -
and green tomatoes - off my tomato plants . I've been plucking and
stomping , but as much fun as that is it gets old after a while . BtK is
harmful only to certain caterpillar-type pests . DE will also affect
pollinators , which is one of the reasons I don't often use it . I'm
VERY careful with what I use and when , I'd hate to poison my bees .
i've not seen any this year so far, they usually appear
early to mid July. *knocks on wood* :)
they are not impossible to control here with manual
methods. we don't grow many plants compared to before
so to go out in the early morning to check plants can
be quick. just look for any damage and then look on
the ground for where the droppings are at and see if i
can find it. sometimes i can't for a day or two and
yes the damage can be more than i'd like, but i'll
get into why below...
i'm not convinced that most of what is being done
these days with bacteria and other controls is actually
studied enough and i sure don't want any collateral
damage to creatures not directly causing harm. so to
me if i can't do it manually or close to that then i
tend to avoid it. i've just seen too many examples
of where people who develop such things say one thing
but years later scientists who study such things find
out the damage is different than what was originally
i am in big favor of studing as much as possible
and learning, but there has to be a point where some-
one stands up and says that we need to be a lot more
careful with things than we have been up to this
the big collapse in many insect populations is
not a good thing. not if you understand ecosystems
and how energy and plants and insects work together
and how they are broken down by fungi and such. it's
a very interconnected system and yes there are
various pathways, but a lot of those pathways are
now being disrupted and it's going to come back on
the older generations seem to say "so what, it's
just a bug, it carries disease or eats my crops or
whatever get rid of it" but that approach is laden
with future problems. there are other ways of
dealing with damage, plant more, increase diversity
and accept some losses where you can. this planet
now needs every break it can get.
i took a drive the other day. in the middle of
summer a drive in the car would often result in
plenty of bugs on the front of the car or the
windshield. not this time and not for a while. this
is in a state and area with plenty of woodlands and
some wild areas. we've lost a lot of the frogs and
toads that used to be common too.
I've seen waxing and waning of insects and animals around here.
We got invaded by gypsy moths years ago and now they are gone.
Stink bugs too now gone. Japanese beetles are no longer a problem.
I think it is the balance of nature. For example when stink bugs were
taking over, birds and bats were not eating them but maybe discovered
they liked that peppery taste. The bugs are around but are not a
I used to hunt central PA and during bow season at friends camp saw
scads of wild turkeys so I came back in the spring to turkey hunt for a
few days and did not see any or even hear anyone else shooting. Friend
figured fall turkey hunt and foxes wiped out the turkeys.
Someday this the balance of nature will occur with people.
i assume anything coming from gardenbanter or homeowners hub
to be likely ancient, but if the topic is interesting and i
have time to reply i don't much mind it. it's not like this is
a high volume group now...
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