How to Make Stir Fry

Garden Vegetable Stir Fry

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 […]

Raccoons blog post

How to: Manage Raccoons in Your Garden

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Raccoons are huge corn-lovers, and they will destroy the corn in your garden in a hurry. Keeping them out of your garden is imperative to protecting your corn.   Treatment Options: Placing a motion-activated sprinkler near where the problem area is will help to scare the raccoons away.   Raccoons are scared of larger predators. Applying blood meal around the perimeter of your garden has been shown to deter small mammals. Raccoon repellent, fox urine […]

Stinkbug blog post

How to: Manage Stinkbugs in Your Garden

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Adult stink bugs are green or brown and grow up to ¾” long; they have distinctive shield-shaped bodies.  Young stink bugs are smaller, rounder, and more colorful, with highly patterned black, red, white, and green colored bodies. When held or squished they emit a foul-smelling fluid from glands located on the thorax. It’s released as a defensive mechanism and can be a nuisance, especially, if found in clusters.  Populations peak in late summer and early […]

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 […]

Corn Borers blog post

How to: Manage Corn Borers in Your Garden

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Corn borers are the caterpillar of a yellowish-brown moth with dark, wavy bands across the wings. The borer usually has a bit of a pale pink color. The eggs are whitish-yellow and laid in clusters on the underside of the leaves.   Treatment Options: Use the organic pesticide, BTK (bacillus thuringiensis Kurstaki). BTK is a naturally occuring microorganism that sickens and kills caterpillars without harming butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. There are varied opinions […]

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 […]

Squirrels blog post

How to: Manage Squirrels in Your Garden

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These small rodents can be challenging and can destroy a garden! They can be pesky, so trial and error is important to see what works best for your visitors.   Treatment Options: Stationing a fake owl or scarecrows around the garden are helpful tricks to scare away squirrels. Be sure to move them around every day or so, or they might figure out your trick!   A motion-activated sprinkler in the problem areas can help […]

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How to: Manage Japanese Beetles

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Japanese beetles, or june bugs, are metallic green with bronze wing covers. The larvae of the beetle, called grubs, are white with a brown head. The adults eat and attack foliage, fruits, and flowers while the grubs eat the roots of your plants.   Treatment Options: Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of these pests.   Companion planting plants with a strong odor, such […]

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 […]