Has anyone tried Diatomaceous Earth?
Lately on the container thread in the gallery, it was mentioned about how many cabbage butterflies there are out now, and my ornamental kale is starting to look a bit lacey. Now a couple of years back I picked up a huge bag of diatomaceous earth to discourage snakes from living in the flowerbed on the south side of the house, and it seems to work. I've tried sprinkling it on the potato beetles and larvae, and again it's worked. So I'm thinking that I'll be powdering my ornamental kale with it and see how that works. Also will be trying it on anthills and for people who have problems with slugs, apparently this will work too. The biggest bonus to DE, is that it's totally harmless to humans and animals, and with kids and a dog around, I really like that.
Check out the link below and see what you think. Oh, also it's cheap. If I remember correctly, I picked up a 50 pound bag for around $40 at a local ag. store. That's way cheaper than buying the potato powder, deritox, etc.
Anyway, would like to hear everybody else's ideas too.
Here is a link that might be useful: Diatomaceous earth