March 29th, 2011
May 22nd, 2013
We are having a great bean year this year after many of the previous being mediocre at best when it comes to beans. We tried something new this year as well. After seeing this design on Pinterest we thought it was a good idea, both when it came to utilizing walkway space and looking aesthetically appealing at the same time. We planted Louisiana Purple Pod pole beans and are loving it after a suggestion from Johnny. Can’t wait to have them for dinner.
May 14th, 2013
A physiological problem that we see every year is Blossom End Rot. Watch your tomatoes and peppers for a dry, dark spot to develop on the bottom, or “blossom end” of the fruit.
There are a couple of ways to fix or prevent the problem:
Since new soil, be it Miracle Gro Potting or our bulk planting mix, doesn’t usually have enough calcium to begin with, it is always best to apply lime or gypsum as an easy source.
Before seeing any symptoms, watch your moisture levels, especially in potted plants as they tend to dry out quicker. When a soil has large fluctuations in moisture, the calcium cannot efficiently trans-locate to the fruit which then leads to blossom end rot.
If you already notice issues with blossom end rot, spray the plants with Calcium Chloride for an immediate dose of calcium.
May 10th, 2013
May 9th, 2013
Squash plants are blooming. The fruits of your labor are finally becoming apparent. Be careful though as warmer temperatures bring more pests looking to make a meal out of your vegetable plants. One of the biggest problems we have with squash is the squash vine borer. The borers are from the Sesiidae moth family and resemble red wasps. The moth lays its eggs at the base of the leaf stalks, on the vine or even on the soil next to the vine where the larvae will hatch and enter the plant tissue, eating its way down towards the base of the plant. In other years we have sprayed with topical controls with little residual and, in turn, little control. This year we have a new control: Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Insect Killer with Acetamaprid. Spray to prevent every 2 weeks with a zero day to harvest waiting period. They are becoming active now so control them while you still have your squash plants.
May 2nd, 2013
More and more we are hearing customers ask about organic pest controls for their gardens. The herbs you may already have at home may be just the answer. The list below has the pest and the plants that control it.
|Pest Insect||Organic Control|
|Aphid||Pennyroyal, spearmint, allium, cilantro, hyssop, nasturtium, sunflowers|
|Asparagus beetle||Parsley, petunia|
|Bean beetle||Summer savory, rosemary, petunia|
|Carrot fly||Rosemary, sage, allium, cilantro|
|Colorado potato beetle||Bee balm, marigold.|
|Cucumber beetle||Marigold, nasturtium, oregano,|
|Mosquito||Basil, lemon balm, pennyroyal|
|Nematode||French/African marigold, black-eyed Susan, dahlia, pyrethrum daisy (Tanacetum coccineum)|
|Squash bug||Marigold, nasturtium, bee balm, lemon balm, borage|
|Tomato worm||Borage, opal basil, marigold, petunia|
|Whitefly||Nasturtium, marigold, zinnias|
April 30th, 2013
April 20th, 2013
For all those looking for a solution for a simple trellis, look no further! We carry trellis netting to secure your vining cucumbers or pole beans. Johnny has been using the trellis netting in out demo garden for a year now. Check out how he did it. Cost effective and super cheap compared to the ready made counter parts.
April 13th, 2013
Look out! They are among us. The Buck Moth Caterpillar, better known as a “Stinging Caterpillar”, has arrived. Be sure to wear shoes in the yard and watch where your put your hands. For those that like to eradicate the caterpillars, then Bonide Caterpillar killer, is the thing to use.
April 7th, 2013
April 5th, 2013
After a short hiatus, we now have Sunsugar Cherry tomato plants. Come and get them while they’re in stock!