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Garlic: Kills bugs dead.

In the course of some reporting for a freelance article, I stumbled across this list of pesticides that farmers can use and still be considered for the coveted "organic" label. Along with such common materials as "sodium fluoaluminate," which is apparently something mined in Greenland, organic farmers can keep the bugs away with:

  • Boric acid
  • "Codling moth granulosis virus"
  • Garlic
  • Insect extracts
  • Nematodes
  • Pheromones
  • Pyrethrums (I believe these are based on a chemical found in chrysanthemums)
  • Shells, ground (oyster, clam, lobster and crab)
  • Soaps
  • Sulfur
  • Tree seals

I'm assuming that "tree seals" don't actually live in trees...

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]

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