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 […]
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 […]
The harlequin bugs, or stink bugs, are primarily black with brightly colored markings in orange, red, or yellow on the wings. It lays its barrel-shaped eggs in clusters. These bugs pierce the plant and suck out the juices, causing them to wilt and turn brown. If left untreated, the plant will eventually die. Treatment Options: Hand-picking bugs and tossing them in soapy water is one of the best ways to ensure that they are […]
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 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 […]
I walked by this okra and saw it had a lot of flies on it. That gave me a clue in to a potential aphid problem. I also talk about how to handle aphids both manually and with nature’s help.
This is an update and tour of our zone 7 Oklahoma urban backyard organic food farm! I show what we’re currently growing, talk about what we are planting right now, and share some tips and lessons I’ve learned from the summer!
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 […]