Lacewings blog post

Green Lacewings Are Incredible Garden Friends!

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Lacewings are light green with long skinny antennae and almost transparent wings. Lacewings love to eat insects and can eat over 200 aphids in a week! They also can prey on other soft-bodied insects such as mites, thrips, whiteflies, and small caterpillars. How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Lacewings are attracted to […]

Minute Pirate Bugs blog post

Are Aphids Stealing Your Garden Treasures? Minute Pirate Bugs to the Rescue!

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Minute pirate bugs love to eat various pests such as aphids, spider mites, thrips, caterpillars, and their eggs.   How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. Minute pirate bugs can be attracted to your garden with vetch, sweet clover, alfalfa, and daisies. Learn more about how to manage pests and attract beneficial insects […]

Birds blog post

Your Garden Friends: Birds!

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Birds are one of those critters that can be both good and bad in your garden. Birds help with pest control eating a wide variety of insects including aphids, caterpillars, mosquitos, and spiders. How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests. The most obvious way to attract birds to your garden is to set […]

Apples blog post

How to Grow Your Own Apples!

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Apple trees can be grown in even the smallest of backyards by keeping pruned down. Growing your own apples can be such a tasty reward and you will not regret it! There are many varieties of apples and they have different temperaments for your climate. The best zones to grow apple trees in are USDA Zones 4-8.   How to Grow: Apple trees are best planted after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before […]

Elderberries blog post

How to Grow Elderberries!

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Elderberries grow on large shrubs. They produce beautiful white flowers in the spring followed by the dark berries in the summer. This large shrub is a terrific attractant to beneficial insects and hummingbirds as well!   How to Grow: Plant elderberry shrubs after your last spring frost and 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App. Dig a hole […]

Blueberries blog post

How to Grow Blueberries!

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Blueberry bushes are a great addition to your garden! These bushes are easy to grow and care for and thrive in acidic soil. You may need to add an acidifier to the soil to help these bushes thrive in your garden. They will not produce fruit until it is a couple years old, but patience is a virtue! Enjoy these tasty berries!   How to Grow: Blueberry bushes are best planted after your last spring […]

Grapes blog post

How to Grow Great Grapes!

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Grapes are one of the most popular fruits to eat, but are not commonly grown in many backyards! As beautiful and tasty as they are, grapes should definitely be grown more! How to Grow: Grapes are a perennial fruit. They are planted after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App. Grapes are planted […]

Rosemary blog post

How to Grow Rosemary!

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Rosemary is a beautiful bush that can be planted either in a raised bed or around your beds as a shrub. Its distinctive aroma is very pleasing, and it is a wonderful companion plant to almost anything.   How to Grow: Rosemary can be planted indoors 8-10 weeks before your last spring frost and transplanted outdoors 2 weeks after your spring frost. You can also plant in the fall 8 weeks before your first fall […]

Artichokes blog post

How to Grow Artichokes!

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Artichokes are a perennial that does best in an environment with cool summer temperatures and mild winters, but can be grown in any environment. They not only provide artichokes, but also add beauty and color to your garden! They are commonly grown for ornamental purposes since their flowers add such beauty! Once they are established they will need very little care.   How to Grow: Artichokes can be planted indoors 8 weeks before your last […]

Rhubarb blog post

How to Grow Rhubarb!

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Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that is easy to grow in certain areas. It is best grown as a perennial in climate zones 6 and cooler, but can be grown in others as an annual in the cool season in warmer climates. The plant will die back after the first frost, but will come back in early spring. Rhubarb will thrive in a cool climate and can keep giving you a harvest for up to […]