Beneficial Nematodes blog post

What the Nematode? How These Soil Dwellers Regulate the Underworld

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Beneficial nematodes enter pests through the skin and once they are inside they release bacteria to kill the insect. These nematodes do not harm ladybugs, earthworms, or other beneficial insects and are harmless to plants and humans. Beneficial nematodes help to control countless pests including fire ants, flea beetles, cabbage root maggots, corn earworms, cucumber beetles, onion maggots, white grubs, cutworms, and wireworms.   How to Attract or Encourage: First off, make sure that you […]

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 […]

Cucumber Beetles blog post

How to: Manage Cucumber Beetles in Your Garden

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Cucumber beetles look similar to ladybugs. They can either be spotted or striped with yellow and black coloring. The adults feed on stems, foliage, and flowers. The larvae weaken the plant by feeding on the roots. They also spread bacterial wilt and squash mosaic virus. Treatment Options: Cucumber beetles can be extremely difficult to control. You can buy commercial cucumber beetle traps or build them yourself. We build DIY cucumber beetle traps using yellow cups, […]

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Planting Okra, Cucumbers, New Zealand Spinach, and Watermelon!

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We just harvested carrots and onions from this raised bed and now we’re planting more stuff in its place. I originally planned on planting peppers, beans, and squash but that didn’t work out. I couldn’t find any peppers for transplant and didn’t have any southern peas seeds. We’ve loved having fresh greens again from the NZ Spinach and decided I wanted to have a large section of It. I also spotted a cucumber beetle and […]

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Q&A – What’s the Big Deal with Cucumber Beetles Anyway? Why Are You Trying to Trap Them?

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This is a question I received in response to our blog post about cucumber beetle traps. I realized I hadn’t really explained why I’m so concerned with these and wanted to share the answer in a blog post.  “I find your cucumber beetle cups interesting. I’ve looked a little and did some shopping carts. I haven’t bought anything yet. Do the beetles do enough damage to warrant spending $15-$25 in trap supplies? I haven’t ever […]