Kale blog post

How to Grow Kale!

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Kale is one of the things we grow the most. Its leaves are very nutritious, containing high levels of vitamins A, B, C, and K and large amounts of fiber, potassium, and calcium. It is also one of the few plants that we can grow all winter long. We plant it in the fall, and it typically grows all the way until the following summer.   How to Grow: Kale is a cool season crop […]

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 […]

Root Maggots blog post

How to: Manage Root Maggots in Your Garden

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There are many species of root maggots. Root maggots come from dark green-black fly that look like small houseflies. These flies lay their eggs in the roots of your plants. These maggots are very small, yellow-white larvae with pointed heads. They feed upon the roots causing stunted growth, deformaties, and could lead to death of the plant. Treatment can vary depending upon the type of fly that lays their eggs, but there are many organic […]

Rabbits blog post

How to: Manage Rabbits in Your Garden

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While we love having our pet rabbit to help with making free fertilizer, wild rabbits can be quite troublesome for your garden. These small mammals like to eat a lot of your greens and can be tricky to manage once they know where the food is. It is important to keep them out of your garden to protect your food!   Treatment Options: Placing an automated sprinkler to scare the rabbit away is helpful.   […]

Slugs_Snails blog post

How to: Manage Slugs and Snails in Your Garden

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These slimy creatures will eat just about anything in the garden. They typically will come out during the night time or on cloudy days.   Treatment Options: Nighttime hunts are the best way to go about finding these creatures! Hand-picking and placing the slugs or snails in a salty or soapy solution will ensure that they are killed.   You can set beer out in shallow saucers to attract then drown your slugs.   Diatomaceous […]

Cutworms blog post

How to: Manage Cutworms in Your Garden

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Cutworms are the caterpillar of a brown or gray night-flying moth. The caterpillars are black, gray, or brown and are about an inch and a half long. These jerks can go through your entire garden of new seedlings extremely quickly! It’s important to watch out for them in your garden and do your best to protect again them. They look like little brown worms, and they like to spin around into circles around the plant, […]

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 […]

Cabbage worms blog post

How to: Manage Cabbage Worms in Your Garden

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Cabbage worms are the caterpillar of a white butterfly with black wing tips and black spots. You can distinguish them from the cabbage looper by looking for faint yellow stripes on its back. The eggs are cone shaped, whitish-yellow, and laid on the underside of the leaves. Treatment Options: Head-pick (or pay your kids a quarter each to handpick for you like we do!) Cover the plants with insect netting (floating row covers) from when […]

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Yummy Mix and Match Fruit and Veggie Juice Recipe!

Trying to stay healthy can always be quite the challenge. It can also be like pulling teeth to get kids to eat their daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Luckily, with these juices, it makes it so much easier! My kids all love these juices and enjoy drinking them with us. Typically, I make a large amount in the morning of whatever fruits and veggies we have on hand and we all drink on […]