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Diatomaceous earth

Postby organic chick » 10 Oct 2013, 22:20

I read recently that this can be made into a paste and painted onto fruit tree trunks to protect against various bugs and other ne'er do wells. Has anyone ever done this and if so how did you make it into a paste?
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Re: Diatomaceous earth

Postby drfish » 11 Oct 2013, 08:56

I've used it as a paste/concoction in a spray bottle for the coop, and it does work quite well. I found it mixed better in warm water than in cold, and if you add a drop or two of washing up liquid, it disperses the surface tension so it mixed better. I used about 2 tablespoons (from memory) to a litre and that seemed to give a reasonable coverage of grey liquid. For a proper paste, I'd guess you'd just reduce the water to suit.
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Re: Diatomaceous earth

Postby organic chick » 11 Oct 2013, 16:52

Brilliant! Washing up liquid - I knew there must be some sort of wetting agent other than water Many thanks.
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Re: Diatomaceous earth

Postby organic chick » 19 Oct 2013, 18:03

Trees 'painted' ready to repel pests. Bonus effect is the trees are now white so less likely to bump into them when I check the hens at night :lol:
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