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How to Manage Pests for Tomatoes Organically in Your Backyard Vegetable Garden

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Tomatoes are fun to grow and even more fun to eat! The wide usage of tomatoes makes this one of our favorite things to grow in the garden. Bush tomatoes (or determinate tomatoes) only grow to 3 or 4 feet tall, but they bush out and require caging. Vining tomatoes (or indeterminate tomatoes) grow indefinitely until it freezes. Because of this, they require trellising on a tall support structure. Beware of the tomato hornworm, though. […]

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How to Manage the Most Common Pests for Blackberries Organically in Your Backyard Vegetable Garden

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Blackberry bushes are fairly easy to grow and are well worth the reward! Luckily there are few pests that bother these bushes and many organic options to help manage them! Birds can be both a pest and an ally in the garden. Birds help with pest control eating a wide variety of insects including aphids, caterpillars, mosquitos, and spiders. On the downside, they will also steal seeds and eat your tomatoes! Treatment Options: You can […]

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How to Manage the Most Common Pests for Peas Organically in Your Backyard Vegetable Garden

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You won’t be able to truly appreciate peas until you’ve had fresh Sugar Snap peas from the vine. These peas are extremely prolific and typically give us more than we can handle in a season. Because of the versatility of peas in cooking, everyone should be able to find a way to enjoy this vegetable! Peas can be attacked by a variety of different pests, but can be managed easily with organic methods. The cabbage […]

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How to Manage the Most Common Pests for Lettuce Organically in Your Backyard Vegetable Garden

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With all of the colors, shapes, and flavors of lettuce available, you can have a different salad every day of the week! Lettuce is adaptable to many different growing conditions but likes to stay in a cool 60 to 65 degrees. It will happily grow in the spring and fall, but you should plan to grow them in the shade during the hotter months to slow bolting. Bolting is whenever the plant turns bitter and […]

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Top 5 Plants to Grow to Help Improve Your Anxiety & Depression

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Mental health refers to decreasing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. Eating a healthy diet is essential for those who struggle with anxiety and depression. By limiting the amount of sugar and eating more vegetables you may notice a change fast! A diet with Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), B12, B6 (Pyridoxine), Folate/Folic Acid, Panthothenic Acid, and other herbs can be helpful to relieve some of these symptoms. This topic is near and dear to us because this was […]

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How to Manage the Most Common Pests for Carrots Organically in Your Backyard Vegetable Garden

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Carrots are tough to germinate, but are easy to take care of once they do. We love to grow all different colors and varieties, and the kids have a blast pulling them up! Luckily there are not many pesky pests to deal with for carrots and the ones they do have are fairly easy to manage organically! The carrot rust fly looks similar to the common house-fly with a dark-green body and yellow extremities and […]

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How to Grow & When to Plant Parsnips in Your Backyard Garden

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Parsnips are an extremely tasty addition to your garden! They have been known to be tough to germinate, but are easy to take care of once they do. It is important to use fresh seeds for parsnips to ensure germination success. How to Grow: Parsnips can be planted outdoors 2-4 weeks before your last spring frost and again approximately 12 weeks before your first fall frost. Parsnips can be continued to plant over the summer, […]

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How to Grow & When to Plant Hops In Your Backyard Garden!

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Hops are a perennial bine that is grown for its flowers that is used commonly in home beer brewing. It is important to have both a male and a female plant as the male pollinates the flowers on the female bine. How to Grow: Hops rhizomes can be planted as soon as the last spring frost has occurred. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App. […]

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April: What Food We’re Growing in Our Backyard Garden!

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April’s frequent showers combined with longer days and climbing temperatures help plants around Oklahoma flourish. However, the bugs know this too and it’s their prime time for feeding as well! This sets up battle ground in your garden, and what you do now will affect your harvest in the summer. There are lots of companion plants, tools, and tricks you can use around your garden to help repel pests and attract beneficial critters. Check out […]