Bell Peppers blog post

How to Grow Bell Peppers in Your Backyard or Patio!

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Bell peppers produce a variety of different colors and look beautiful out in your garden! These sweet peppers grow really well in the summer and thrive in our hot conditions. They are relatively pest-free and can actually help keep pests off other plants, making them a valuable companion plant. It’s easy to grow your own bell peppers with our free mobile app! Learn more in the details below.

How to Make Stir Fry

Garden Vegetable Stir Fry

The great thing about this garden stir fry is that you can make it unique each time with different veggies never growing tired of it!

Q&A_ Tomato & Pepper plants

Q&A: What To Do With Pepper and Tomato Plants Over Cool Seasons?

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Q: What do you do with pepper and tomato plants over the cool seasons? Do they survive the winter outside or do they come back in the spring? A: Pepper and Tomato plants will start to die off as soon as temps start to get into the 30’s-40’sF. If you live in an area that stays above those temps they can stay alive, but in most places they will die off over winter. You could […]

Potato Beetle blog post

How to: Manage Potato Beetles in Your Garden

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The Colorado potato beetle is one of the major pests that can affect your crops. Adults are round beetles with orange/yellow and black stripes on their wings. Their head is orange with black spots. If left unchecked, they can destroy your plants in no time!   Treatment Options: Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of them.   Companion planting can help deter potato beetles. […]

Flea Beetles blog post

How to: Manage Flea Beetles in Your Garden

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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 […]

How to Preserve Peppers

How We Have Peppers All Year Long!

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Peppers are one of those things that we absolutely love to grow in our garden! It adds so much color out there and the kids love to watch them grow. We always plant so many each year to make sure to have plenty out there. One large benefit from this is the fact that we have not bought a single pepper from the store now in several years! One way we preserve our extra peppers […]

Corn Earworm blog post

How to: Manage Corn Earworms in Your Garden

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Corn earworms (also known as tomato fruitworms) are small caterpillars that vary in color from different shades of brown, yellow, pink, green, and black. The light yellow adult moth lays white, circular eggs on leaves or corn silk in the spring time. The earworm consumes the silk and then moves on to the ear. On other plants, earworms consume stems, leaves, and fruit.   Treatment Options: Green lacewings and trichogramma wasps can help to fight […]

Voles blog post

How to: Manage Voles (Field Mice) in Your Garden

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These small rodents can be challenging and can destroy a garden! They’re usually first spotted by their ~3-inch holes they make in raised beds. Once you see these, it’s time to get into action before they get out of hand. They multiply quickly and will wreak havoc on not only your garden, but also your garden supplies like tarps, sheeting, and other materials. They can be pesky, so trial and error is important to see […]

Tomato Hornworm blog post

How to: Manage Tomato Hornworms in Your Garden

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Tomato hornworms are huge caterpillars that are green with a spiky tail and orange spots on the abdomen. These giants are monsterous and can destroy a tomato plant in the course of a day, so it is important to catch them fast! These extremely large caterpillars can be shockingly difficult to spot sometimes, so make sure you are checking your tomato plants thoroughly. To help with the hunt, we pay our kids a quarter for […]