Natural Pest Control, Marking Territory, and Other Country Lore

A Pennsylvania couple who gather toads and praying mantises for natural pest control in their garden and families in Oregon, Maine, and Wisconsin who protect their gardens by "marking territory" with excrement are among the readers who submitted country lore and homesteading tips to this ongoing feature.

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Toads and praying mantises gathered from their natural habitat provide an excellent form of natural pest control.
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