Stir fry has long been one of my favorite meals. Once we started a garden, this meal has gone from good to absolutely amazing! I started experimenting with what I could put in here from the garden and it has been fantastic! Each season there are different vegetables that can be added in to keep the flavor fresh and unique. This way you won’t get tired of the same meal and be able to keep […]
Fall is a great time to grow greens! It’s our favorite time to grow because there are less pests about as well. It makes these easy-growing plants even easier to grow! Greens are so expensive at the grocery store and we save a lot of money with growing our own.
This fast-growing, cool-season salad green (aka “Rocket”) – often ready to harvest as early as 4 weeks after seeding – adds a tangy, peppery or mustard-like flavor to salads and mesclun mixes. It can be incredibly spicy as the temperature warms up, but sweetens as it cools. How to Grow: Arugula can be planted 4-6 weeks before your last spring frost and 10 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates […]
Leaf miners that affect vegetables refers to a small gray-yellow fly. These flies lay tiny white eggs that turn into green maggots. These maggots can destroy the leaves of the plants in your garden. Treatment Options: As always, prevention is key, which includes placing an insect netting (floating row cover) over your plants. Yellow sticky traps have been shown to be effective at catching these pests. Beneficial insects, such as green lacewings, […]
The cabbage looper is the caterpillar of a grayish moth with a silver spot in the middle of each wing. You can distinguish them from the cabbage worm by looking for 4 white stripes running down the body. The eggs are dome-shaped, light green, and are laid on the underside of the leaves. Treatment Options: Hand-pick (or pay your kids a quarter each to handpick for you like we do!) Cover the plants with […]
Flea beetles are the extremely tiny insects that jump when disturbed. Even though these beetles are super small, they can quickly move through the leaves of plants, destroying the foliage in its path and spreading diseases. Treatment Options: Insect netting (floating row covers) provide the best form of protection against flea beetles. Applying beneficial nematodes and neem oil can also be effective. Make sure not to apply the neem oil when the temperature is above […]
Aphids are tiny insects that can usually be found in groups on the undersides of leaves and stems. A few aphids can’t do much, but they reproduce quickly, are born pregnant, and can take over a plant in no time at all! Treatment Options: Spray aphids off leaves with a blast of water from the sprayer and repeat as necessary for a few days Ladybugs are valuable ally and can be purchased to help with […]