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.  

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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]

Spider Mites blog post

How to: Manage Spider Mites in Your Garden

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These mites are extremely small relatives of spiders. They are typically found on the undersides of leaves. An easy way to check for them is to place a sheet of white paper underneath the leaves and gently tap. If you see moving specks on the paper then you have a problem.   Treatment Options: Putting your beneficial insects to work is one of the best ways to help with spider mites! Releasing or attracting green […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cucumber Beetles blog post

How to: Manage Cucumber Beetles in Your Garden

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Cucumber beetles look similar to ladybugs. They can either be spotted or striped with yellow and black coloring. The adults feed on stems, foliage, and flowers. The larvae weaken the plant by feeding on the roots. They also spread bacterial wilt and squash mosaic virus. Treatment Options: Cucumber beetles can be extremely difficult to control. You can buy commercial cucumber beetle traps or build them yourself. We build DIY cucumber beetle traps using yellow cups, […]