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Organic Gardening Done Right – Part 5

Now that you have your seedlings at the right size for transplanting, it is time to make sure the bed is ready for them. According to where you live, you might want to get your plants in the ground as soon as temperature and weather permits. Be sure to check what date your last chance for frost is and then start your seeds a week before that.

Planning an organic garden is just that, planning. You will need to plan far enough ahead to make sure your soil is good to grow, your seeds are started on time so they will be ready to be put in the ground, and that your plan is in writing. Now, once you have your plants in the ground and lightly watered, be sure you do not do this in the heat of the day Young plants will wilt in the hot sun. One other consideration is to not place your garden bed next to a west facing wall. The sun will bounce its afternoon heat off the wall and onto your garden, making it very hot for the plants as they will get double the heat and can wilt before you know it.

Your plants will begin life with just the right amount of nutrients, but after several weeks they will need more. You will need to work in more composted material around the plants. Organic gardening is just that, organic. There are bags of organic humus that you can purchase if you do not have a compost bin, and this will work nicely. There is a better product that I totally believe in and use extensively and that is worm castings. This is commonly known as worm poop.

Once consumed tapeworms live in the intestines of your dog and they do not provoke an immune system response meaning that your dog can be reinfected each time it consumes a tapeworm or tapeworm egg. Dogs and cats get tape worms most often from fleas and other sources such as eating on dead animals etc.

Here’s a typical cycle that can be never ending. Your dog consumes a flea that is acting as an intermediate host for a tapeworm and as a result the tapeworm makes its way out of the flea and now takes up residency in your dogs intestinal tract where it thrives and feeds on your dog for as long as it can.

You’ll notice white like segments in your dogs stool as well as segments in and around bedding areas and you may even see them on your dogs rear end. Gross to say the least. You’ll want to be careful when handling these segments because they are in fact full of tapeworm eggs just waiting for a host.

If you have small children you’ll want to be especially watchful if you have a dog that has tapeworms because small children will put just about anything in their mouth. Your little one could be crawling around the floor and see this white like segment and you know what comes next….down the hatch it goes! Eeewww I know, just the thought of that happening grosses me out. It does happen though.

Your dog will excrete these segments of tapeworm on an ongoing basis until medicine is given to kill the tapeworm. Each excreted segment contains worm eggs. Most dogs have fleas some more than others depending on how well the dog is kept. Flea larva will eat anything and since the tape worm segments are readily available in and around your dogs bedding and or on your dog the flea larva scarfs these tapeworm segments on down like a kid eating his favorite ice cream.

The flea larva goes on to complete its life cycle and hatches as an adult flea which loves to feed on your dogs blood. A fertile female flea lays hundreds of eggs. The flea larva eats the tapeworm segments that are full of eggs and now the tapeworm eggs have their host (the flea) where the tapeworm begins its life cycle. Your dog scarfs down one of these adult fleas that is acting as a host for the tapeworm and viola your dog is infected all over again.

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