Our Favorite Root Crops!

Our Favorite Root Crops!

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Root crops are not only fun to grow as adults, but our kids love to dig in the dirt to collect them! It is hard to narrow down the list because all of these root crops are simply amazing and we enjoy them for different reasons! Carrots: need no explanation as to their greatness! What makes growing carrots even more amazing to grow is the fact that you can grow rainbow colored varieties! So fun 🙂 […]

Potatoes blog post

How to Grow Potatoes!

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Potatoes are one of the most popular things grown in the garden. We like to grow them in SmartPots containers so they’re easier to harvest!   How to Grow: Potatoes are planted 2-4 weeks before your last spring frost and 10 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App. Seed potatoes are planted 4-6 inches deep, 4 per square foot, […]

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 […]

Potato Beetle blog post

How to: Manage Potato Beetles in Your Garden

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The Colorado potato beetle is one of the major pests that can affect your crops. Adults are round beetles with orange/yellow and black stripes on their wings. Their head is orange with black spots. If left unchecked, they can destroy your plants in no time!   Treatment Options: Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of them.   Companion planting can help deter potato beetles. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leafhoppers blog post

How to: Manage Leafhoppers in Your Garden

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Leafhoppers are tiny insects that suck sap from your plants while spreading pathogens.   Treatment Options: Our DIY cucumber beetle traps using yellow cups, sticky glue, and clove essential oil have also been shown to catch leafhoppers. See our blog post for more details!   Placing insect netting (floating row covers) over your garden is the best way to prevent leafhoppers from attacking your plants.   Yellow sticky traps have been shown to be effective […]

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 […]

Tomato Hornworm blog post

How to: Manage Tomato Hornworms in Your Garden

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Tomato hornworms are huge caterpillars that are green with a spiky tail and orange spots on the abdomen. These giants are monsterous and can destroy a tomato plant in the course of a day, so it is important to catch them fast! These extremely large caterpillars can be shockingly difficult to spot sometimes, so make sure you are checking your tomato plants thoroughly. To help with the hunt, we pay our kids a quarter for […]