I live and garden in Central Texas. This means we've got our hands full with critters and creatures of all dietary needs. I've found a few great tricks for keeping them out of our backyard garden, without the use of harmful chemicals!
Who doesn't love the smell and feel of clean, right-out-of-the-dryer, laundry?! Exactly. So, I hate to spoil the fun, but would you like to know what’s in your dryer sheets and fabric softeners? I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet (and I mean REALLY sweet!) so you don’t nod off before you get to the best part.
It's no mystery that we should all wash our produce (organic or non organic) due to some pretty shocking abuse of pesticides (up to 48 different kinds of pesticides have been found on apples grown in the USA) as well as the growth and transference of bacteria on the surface area. So what's the best method for washing produce? Well, after some research, I found several studies (from the University of Maine) that compared the effectiveness of washing your fruit with plain distilled water vs a store-bought produce wash. All three top brands of "produce wash" actually cleaned fruit less effectively than distilled water alone. I'm not really sure why that surprised me, however I have to admit that the feeling of disappointment is one I am still struggling to get used to. It's always my next step to figure out how to take matters into my own capable hands.