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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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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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Insect Pest Control: How to Manage the Leaf-Footed Bug in Your Garden

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Leaf-footed bugs are approximately 1 inch long, some with a white zigzag pattern on their wings. They have long legs similar to a cricket with an oval shaped body. They are recognizable by their hind legs which look leaf-like. They have piercing mouthparts which probe into plants to suck their juices. This can cause discoloration and damage to the plants.