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 […]

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 […]

Fruit Worms blog post

How to: Manage Fruit Worms in Your Garden

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Fruit worms can be extremely aggravating to deal with. Prevention is key with these pesky critters! It is important to work to try and prevent these from ruining your fruit.   Treatment Options: Removing all the surrounding debris and weeds from around your trees or bushes can help to prevent egg laying by the moths. Hand picking infected fruits and disposing of them can help prevent spread of the worms. Use the organic pesticide, BTK […]

Japanese Beetles blog post_

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 […]

Thrips blog post

How to: Manage Thrips in Your Garden

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Thrips are tiny straw-colored insects with two pairs of wings. They can damage plants by sucking out their juices causing discoloration and even death!   Treatment Options: As with most pests, the best solution is prevention. Placing a floating row cover with insect netting will help to prevent these critters from eating your plants. Another good prevention is to remove excess weeds and grass around the garden areas as this can help to attract them. […]

Deer blog post

How to: Manage Deer in Your Garden

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We don’t have to worry about deer here in the city, but those of you in the country know all too well how destructive and challenging deer can be. They can jump over any fence shorter than 8 feet, and there are very few things they won’t eat. Treatment Options: The best thing to do is to build a fence at least 8 feet tall around the garden. There are a few other ideas that […]

Aphids blog post

How to: Manage Aphids in Your Garden

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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 […]