Q&A_ Tomato & Pepper plants

Q&A: What To Do With Pepper and Tomato Plants Over Cool Seasons?

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Q: What do you do with pepper and tomato plants over the cool seasons? Do they survive the winter outside or do they come back in the spring? A: Pepper and Tomato plants will start to die off as soon as temps start to get into the 30’s-40’sF. If you live in an area that stays above those temps they can stay alive, but in most places they will die off over winter. You could […]

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 […]

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 Earworm blog post

How to: Manage Corn Earworms in Your Garden

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Corn earworms (also known as tomato fruitworms) are small caterpillars that vary in color from different shades of brown, yellow, pink, green, and black. The light yellow adult moth lays white, circular eggs on leaves or corn silk in the spring time. The earworm consumes the silk and then moves on to the ear. On other plants, earworms consume stems, leaves, and fruit.   Treatment Options: Green lacewings and trichogramma wasps can help to fight […]

Harlequin bugs blog post

How to: Manage Harlequin Bugs in Your Garden

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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 […]

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 […]

Cutworms blog post

How to: Manage Cutworms in Your Garden

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Cutworms are the caterpillar of a brown or gray night-flying moth. The caterpillars are black, gray, or brown and are about an inch and a half long. These jerks can go through your entire garden of new seedlings extremely quickly! It’s important to watch out for them in your garden and do your best to protect again them. They look like little brown worms, and they like to spin around into circles around the plant, […]

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 […]