Natural diatomaceous earths uses in agriculture are many. It is a useful addition to compost heaps and the soil because it is a once living form of silica. It stimulates healthy growth of plant root systems and conditions the soil by making silica available to plants and helping the soil to retain water. Useful as an insecticide against small hive beetle in bee hives, red mite and lice in chicken sheds, in grain storage and as an essential ingredient of biodynamic tree paste, can also used as a wormer for farm animals when mixed with their food.
Precautions: Wear a good dust mask when applying dry, as it is very dusty. Do not use diatomaceous earth sold for swimming pool filters. (It has been partially melted and sometimes chemically treated).
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