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 […]

Marjoram blog post

How to Grow Marjoram!

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Marjoram is a beautiful evergreen plant that is a great addition to your garden. It helps to attract bees, butterflies, and birds.   How to Grow: Plant marjoram 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. Marjoram seeds will be planted 1/4 inch deep, 4 per square foot, in the full sun. Take […]

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 […]

How to Grow Raspberries!

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Raspberries come in various shades of red and gold. These berries are super juicy and are very flavorful! Raspberry bushes will continue to give fruit year after year, however it takes 2 years for the plant to first produce berries. You can cut any canes that produce fruit at the base after the season is over since they won’t produce again.   How to Grow: Plant raspberry bushes after your last spring frost and 8 […]

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 […]

Blackberries blog post

How to Grow Beautiful Blackberries!

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Blackberry bushes are fairly easy to grow and are well worth the reward! Some blackberry bushes grow very tall and will require a trellis to help support the height. Blackberry bushes will continue to give fruit year after year, however it usually takes 2 years for the plant to first produce berries. You can cut any canes that produce fruit at the base after the season is over since they won’t produce again.   How […]

Strawberries blog post

How to Grow Super Strawberries!

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Strawberries are one of our favorite things to grow! The sweetness and flavor in home-grown strawberries simply can’t be beat! They’re easy to grow and will come back year after year and continue to spread. Strawberries are one of the few plants that we don’t even attempt to grow from seed. It takes up to three years for a plant to produce fruit, so it’s generally better to buy transplants from the nursery instead of […]

Onion Fly Maggots blog post

How to: Manage Onion Fly Maggots in Your Garden

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The adult onion fly resembles the house fly, but smaller. The larvae are legless and creamy-white and will cause the plants to wilt and die.   Treatment Options: Attracting birds or parasitic wasps can help you fight these onion maggots.   Sprinkling cayenne pepper or chili pepper can help prevent the laying of eggs.   Placing insect netting (floating row covers) over your garden will help to protect your plants against the onion fly maggot. […]

Bush Beans blog post

How to Grow Your Own Green Beans (Bush)!

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You can grow beans as snap beans, shell beans or dry beans. They are extremely easy to grow and will always be a staple on our garden. We plant new rounds of them every 3 weeks from spring until the end of summer. How to Grow: Bush beans can be planted as soon as the last spring frost has occurred until 10 weeks before first fall frost. In milder climates, bush beans can be planted […]

Birds blog post

How to: Manage Birds in Your Garden

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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 protect your seeds by covering them with a layer of burlap or shade cloth. I typically hold it down with a hardware mesh panel because that’ll help keep cats […]