Watch Mary’s Expert Bean Picking Skills

Watch Mary’s Expert Bean Picking Skills!

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Dale shares our strategy for growing peas and beans in our garden. We have a constant supply of peas, bush beans, pole beans, and/or southern peas! Then Mary shows off her expert bean picking skills! Learn more about growing over 70 different foods, including how to manage various pests in our FREE iOS, Android, or new Universal Web App by visiting seedtospoon.net.  

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 […]

Cabbage Loopers blog post

How to: Manage Cabbage Loopers in Your Garden

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The cabbage looper is the caterpillar of a grayish moth with a silver spot in the middle of each wing. You can distinguish them from the cabbage worm by looking for 4 white stripes running down the body. The eggs are dome-shaped, light green, and are laid on the underside of the leaves.   Treatment Options: Hand-pick (or pay your kids a quarter each to handpick for you like we do!) Cover the plants with […]

Mexican Bean Beetles blog post

How to: Manage Mexican Bean Beetles in Your Garden

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Mexican bean beetles look very similar to ladybugs. They have a tan back with black dots, and the younger ones do not have any spots. If left unchecked, they can destroy foliage and pods.   Treatment Options: Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of them.   Companion planting potatoes can help prevent Mexican bean beetles.   Placing insect netting (floating row covers) over your […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gophers blog post

How to: Manage Gophers in Your Garden

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These small rodents can create quite a challenge in your garden. They create tunneling systems and eat roots along with shrubs and vegetables.   Treatment Options: Cats & dogs are effective hunters of gophers, mice, and other small rodents! Flooding the tunnels with water can be effective. The gopher hawk is a reusable trap that’s very effective and doesn’t use any chemicals or poisons! The Victor Black Box is a reusable trap that’s very effective […]