Spinach blog post

How to Grow the Most Superb Spinach in Your Own Backyard (or Porch)!

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Spinach is an amazing cool weather crop that is one of our favorites! It tastes so much better directly from your garden than buying from the grocery store. You will be so impressed just like we were the first time we tried it! Spinach is a staple of our garden in the spring and fall. We eat it nearly every day when it is in season. It is considered to be one of the healthiest […]

Leaf Miners blog post

How to: Manage Leaf Miners in Your Garden

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Leaf miners that affect vegetables refers to a small gray-yellow fly. These flies lay tiny white eggs that turn into green maggots. These maggots can destroy the leaves of the plants in your garden.   Treatment Options: As always, prevention is key, which includes placing an insect netting (floating row cover) over your plants.   Yellow sticky traps have been shown to be effective at catching these pests.   Beneficial insects, such as green lacewings, […]

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 […]

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.   […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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FAQ – “I want to start growing food but I don’t know what to try first”

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One of the most common questions I receive is “What should I grow first?”. Here’s what I tell people our strategy was in response: Start with something you like and buy a lot of – We started with kale, spinach, lettuce. These items cost us $10 a week at the grocery store whenever we tried to eat healthy and I loved the idea of having unlimited salad greens in my backyard. I had a feeling it […]