Squash Pest

MotherHen68 from The Chicken Coop asked us: Any suggestions on how to prevent my squash from getting those nasty green worms that demolish the entire plant? I’m guessing these are squash vine borers and the offending egg layer is a brown moth. I’d rather not use poison, but I’m fed up. Thanks!  ———————————————————— It sounds…

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What to do with Extra Herbs

We got a question from Jen from Diet Plaid: I have a ton of mint, lavender, and rosemary in my garden. I’ve never done any of them so I’m not sure if I should dry them or freeze them or what before it gets too cold outside. Halp? ————————————————————– LAVENDER, MINT & ROSEMARY_MG_8874, originally uploaded…

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Monday’s Guests – Organic Fertilizer | How to Use and Make Organic Fertilizer

 This week’s post is by Marco from Livetogarden.com which is a fantastic site for learning all things gardening from outdoor living to garden design to organic gardening. Not to mention the website itself is gorgeous! I love all the photos so go check it out!  —————————————————————– As we become more and more focused on maintaining…

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No Spraying

This year we’ve decided to go the “no-spray” route in regards to pests because of the honeybees. Every day I’m amazed by the biodiversity in our crops. A couple of weeks ago I saw my very first Green Lacewing. The larva of which feeds on soft-bodied insects, such as aphids, spider mites, immature bugs, and…

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Giant Produce

Squeek and her pumpkin As discussed before, Squeek prefers to romp around the vegetable garden rather than stay on her side of the fence. Since she insists on being in there I’ve decided she might as well be useful (other than chasing rodents with fluffy tails).  Sitting politely next to one of our volunteer pumpkins you can get…

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Peculiar Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit, originally uploaded by jazmyn. Not many people are aware that you don’t have to live in the tropics to grow passion fruit. There are hardy varieties, such as the Maypop Passion Flower, you can grow in Zone 5. In colder climates you can find varieties that adapt well to containers, such as the…

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The Mysterious Medlar

Flowering Medlar Small Medlar Fruitlets If you’ve looked at our list of what we’re growing there’s this strange name under our Fruit Tree heading – Monstruese de Evreinoff Medlar. If you’re in the U.S. chances are you have no idea what that is. I honestly don’t even know how I found out about it. The…

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What’s on the Horizon?

Greenhouse will go on far side of beds It’s never ending around here. A week doesn’t go by where we don’t have some crazy project in the works. And it’s always a mad rush trying to find the time to get everything done before winter. Some projects just seems to take on a life of their own and end…

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Monday’s Guests – Hopping on board the urban farming trend

Lucy from the Drinkable Garden (isn’t that the coolest idea ever?) has been kind enough to give us some instruction on how to grow your own hops. ——————————————————————– We’re not ones for travel guides and tourist maps so it stands to reason our hop growing adventure is also unplanned and self taught.  As home brewers…

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