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Event Notice: Ronan Spin-In (Weaving & Spinning)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

by Catherine Haug; information from Vicki Faulkner of the Alpine Spinning & Weaving guild

Spin-In

What: Spin-In Pot Luck and Sale

Where: The Red Poppy in Ronan

When: January 23, 2010, 9 AM – 4 PM

This is a pot-luck with the main dish provided.  Spinners & weavers from all over will be gathered.  They are planning various fiber arts demonstrations.  There are usually booths selling fiber & equipment.

For more information, contact Rhonda: rowenppl(at)hotmail.com  (NOTE: email disguised for security.]

ESP’s March Gathering: Spinning and Weaving

ESP is also planning a gathering with the Alpine Spinning and Weaving Guild as presenters, on Saturday afternoon, March 13, at the Swan River Community Hall. Watch your emails for the event notice and more information.

Using Diatomaceous Earth

Friday, August 14th, 2009

by Catherine Haug

I have a problem with slugs in my garden.  I tried the cans of beer, but they attracted bees (including a mason bee) and flying ants, but no slugs. So I decided to try diatomaceous earth (DE).  This all-natural flour-textured substance has many uses around the home including:

  • causing slug, maggot, and insect death in the garden and landscape
  • solving an ant or bedbug problem in your home
  • getting rid of fleas on pets and livestock
  • worming of pets and livestock (and humans)

Diatomaceous earth is made from the silica-rich shells of diatoms. Most diatoms are found in the ocean, but food grade DE is made from freshwater diatoms, mistakenly called ‘algae.’  This is the same brown or golden algae that grows in fish tanks.

I learned from a piece on the local news recently that diatom algae grows on rocks at the bottom of the Clark Fork River in Missoula.  And I suspect it also grows on rocks at the bottom of the Swan and/or Flathead River, which means we would have a local source when we can no longer import it from a distant source.  All we’d have to do is figure out how to harvest and clean it. Does anyone have any ideas on this? (more…)