How-to Care for Muscovy Ducks

George the Muscovy Duck

George the Muscovy Duck

Self-sufficiency is something we could all try our hand at, it ensures a person’s family will get the very best organic foods, handmade clothing and even the greatest education to be had. Muscovy ducks seem to fit the homesteaders’ bill just right; they provide lean and delicious meat, soft down, perfect insect control along with nearly perfect weed control. A person can have it all, all in the form of a good sized, quiet and easy to care for duck, the wonderful Muscovy.

Getting Started With Muscovy Ducks

Unlike many forms of livestock, Muscovy ducks can just about take care of themselves. They are efficient foragers, excellent broody mothers and have fantastic flying and perching capabilities. They are also not prone to trust potential predators; they will take flight, or stop and defend their offspring viciously. Anyone who has seen the claws on a Muscovy duck can vouch for the possibility of bloody wounds if the animals are not handled correctly or feel very threatened. They also have very powerful wings and a hooked bill to add to their arsenal. This may sound scary but it is a good thing; Muscovy ducks have retained their wild instincts, and this makes them very successful in the natural world. If they lay a fertile egg, you can just about bet that egg will hatch and many of the ducklings will survive. Muscovy ducks are not mean without cause; a “good” Muscovy will not attack unprovoked, as they would rather mind their own business of eating pests as opposed to a bloody battle.

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Introduction: Keeping Freshwater Clams In Aquariums

Clams (bivalves) are wonderful additions to the aquarium. Undue to popular belief, they are not difficult to keep successfully in a properly maintained and aged home aquarium.

Freshwater Clam Care

Freshwater Clam Care

Clams are filter feeders meaning they acquire life-sustaining nutrients by filtering the water around them. In most home aquariums, there are not enough proper suspended particles throughout the water in order to sustain the bivalve’s life. In cases such as these, the clams require supplemental feeding or they will starve.

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Spirulina Face and Body Mask How-to and Review

This is a review on using the algae ‘spirulina’ as a topical treatment for acne, redness and to reduce pore size. Included also are the recipes and techniques I used while doing the treatments.

Author with Spirulina Mask

Author with Spirulina Mask

This recipe I am using is simple and requires only two ingredients; spirulina and carrot juice.

Mix enough spirulina powder with carrot juice to make a runny paste. The paste should be the consistency of melted chocolate.

Apply this mixture to a clean face and allow it to dry for at least twenty minutes. Wash off with cool water and pat your face dry.

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Chantix Review and Results

This is a review and the results I had while taking Chantix to quit smoking. I am not getting paid by the company or trying to promote this product.

Pink Carnation

Quitting Smoking with Chantix

…Avoiding food is hard as well. I am not hungry, just feel the need to nosh because I want to keep something in my mouth. I do not want to gain forty pounds, LOL. So far plastic straws, chopsticks and peppermints are my good friends!

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How to Use a Deodorant Stone

The best method I have found is to apply your deodorant stone directly after bathing. Do not dry your armpits, as the stone needs the moisture in order to work.

Place your thumb where you arm bends—measure 4 inches up and then four inches down. Apply the stone to this area. Swipe it several times. If you apply it to too small an area, it will not work.

Another use for this stone I discovered is it cleared up a contact dermatitis rash I had on my breasts. I simply rubbed a bit onto the affected areas and the next day I had nearly, completely healed. The rash was caused by my favorite perfume. Sighhhhh

Growing Stevia Rebaudiana

Stevia Bloom

Stevia Bloom

The stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana) has a long history of use as a natural, no calorie sweetener. Read More about Stevia Plants …Stevia Care

Just as with many of my Frugal Gardening Momma articles, more in depth work will be found in my upcoming book. Keep a check on my site for updates!

The stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana) has a long history of use as a natural, no calorie sweetener. Stevia is native to the lands of North and South America most notably, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. With a genus of roughly 240 species, the more common S. rebaudiana is one species in a large plant family.

Its growing requirements are simple as it is an undemanding plant that is not often attacked by pests or diseases. The leaves, stems, roots and blossoms of the stevia plant can be used as sugar substitutes—though the parts of the leaf between each vein is thought to be superior as a sweetener with little to no aftertaste.

Place stevia in full sun with well-drained soils that contain a lot of organic matter. The key is to keep the soil moist until the plant is well established. Once established, stevia is drought tolerant–though it grows better if given plenty of water.

Fertilize stevia plants with organic foods such as worm castings, tea and coffee grounds, cow and chicken manure, and compost teas. Avoid the use of synthetic fertilizers whenever possible. Pinch the growing tips of each branch to promote a bushier habit and more sweet-tasting leaves. USDA zone 11—or 32 degrees fahrenheit.

How to Harvest Clay for Shampoo, Face and Body Masks

The process is simple and only takes a few hours to get usable results. This project is best started outside as it can be very messy. Baking the clay is an essential step to kill any parasites that may be living in the soil. Try to save the water runoff for flowers or other gardening chores. Remember, “Waste not, want not.”

Finished Clay

Things You’ll Need

  • Bucket
  • Shovel
  • Cheesecloth
  • Baking Pan
  • Oven
  • Water


  1. In an area that you know to be clean and free of all pesticides/herbicides, get a shovelful of yard clay and place it in a bucket. Use a strong jet of water from the hose to fill the bucket.
  2. Stir the soil vigorously to dislodge large particles. Wait a few seconds before scooping the floating debris off the top. Repeat this step several times until most of the large particles are removed.
  3. After the last stirring, before the particles settle, pour the water out slowly. Fill the bucket again and repeat step 2.
  4. The final step in rinsing the clay is to stir and the pour the clay and water through cheesecloth into wide mouthed containers. Allow this mixture to settle for several hours. The sediment is very fine and can take overnight or longer to completely fall to the bottom.
  5. Once the clay has settled, pour off as much water as possible.
  6. Place the clay into baking dishes and bake at 350-degrees until the clay is fully dried. The time depends on how much water is left in the clay.
  7. Once finished baking, pound the clay into a fine powder or leave it in chunks.

To use this mixture as shampoo simply add enough to a bowl of water that a runny “melted chocolate” consistency is achieved. Apply to the scalp, roots and oily part of your hair and massage gently. Leave on for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water. This mixture is easy to remove and leaves hair clean. For blondes; it may be a good idea to do a strand test or use a clay that is white. I am a brunette so if this mixture stains hair I wouldn’t notice.

The same consistency should be made for face and body masks. Leave on the skin until completely dry. Rinse with warm and then cool water. Moisturize as needed.

Natural Garden Ideas

A natural garden will usually combine plants native to your area. Non-native plants will look like they belong if colors and textures match the surrounding, native flora. A natural garden forgoes the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides. These plans offer wildlife sustenance and shelter in such a manner with no obvious formal lines and detail. Once established, natural gardens should remain easy to care for.

Bloody Cranesbill Geranium and Trillium

Hummingbird Garden

Providing perches of varying heights will allow dominate birds to choose their favorite spot for preening, sunning and checking out their territory. Dominant hummingbirds are aggressive, pushing meeker birds away from feeders and watering stations. Provide several feeding stations hidden from one another so subordinate birds can feed unbothered by the more aggressive dominates. Add red accents and plants to attract hummingbirds to the area. Provide a mixture of nectar rich plants to keep them coming back. Plants suitable for hummingbird gardens include trumpet vine, columbine, larkspur, jasmine, soapwort and sweet peas. Humming birds require protein, especially during the breeding season. In the wild, they catch small insects to supply this need. Set out dishes of rotting banana and other fruit to attract fruit flies. Shallow dishes with water provide a place for the birds to bathe and condition their feathers.

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Guar Gum Conditioning Hair Glaze

Use this conditioning guar gum hair glaze to lock in moisture from your catnip or other conditioning treatments. This product can be used alone but works better when used with another conditioner. I use catnip with mine. This adds shine and strength to hair. This solution will aid in setting a style, such as, waves after removing braids.

Hair After Catnip Curls

Guar Gum Conditioner Recipe

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Guar Gum Powder
  • 2-4 Cups Warm Water
  • Essential Oil (optional)

Slowly mix the guar gum powder into the warm water.  Make sure you are stirring constantly or the guar gum will congeal.

The finished product should feel slicker than plain water but only a tad bit thicker. Rinse solution through shampooed and conditioned hair. Treated hair can be wrapped beneath plastic for as long as desired before rinsing. Rinse excess out with cool water. Towel or air dry.

Preparing and Painting Laminate Countertops

Creating a beautiful counter-top need not be an expensive hassle; in fact it can be an inexpensive, and fun, endeavor. Say goodbye to that ugly laminate, and hello to a gorgeous finish!

Porteranthus Stipulatus

Porteranthus Stipulatus

Painted Laminate Countertop Supplies

  • Medium & fine grit sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Craft paints
  • Clear waterproof sealant
  • Paint rollers & craft brushes

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