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Fig Trees and Chicken Manure

October 29, 2014 – 9:06 am

It’s amazing what difference a little chicken manure can make!

Hornworms & Braconid Wasps: Nature’s Organic Pest Control

September 10, 2014 – 1:00 am

Hornworms can be devastating to your tomato or pepper plants. Here’s one awesome way Nature takes care of them for you!

Squash Planting Mistakes, and Killing Squash Bugs Naturally

July 8, 2014 – 11:30 am

A few lessons learned in the cucurbit patch this year. Plus, a few organic methods I use for controlling squash bugs naturally.

How and When To Harvest and Store Carrots

June 15, 2014 – 12:54 pm

Here’s how to know when it’s the right time to harvest your carrots, how to harvest them properly, and what to do with them to keep them fresh longer. Plus, an experiment in cellaring them in a cool crawl space under the house.

June 2014: In The Garden

June 8, 2014 – 12:47 pm

Here’s an update on how my garden is doing so far. I think this has been my best garden year to date! Lots of lessons in what to do and what NOT to do this month.

Garden Pests: Grapevine Moth Caterpillar

May 22, 2014 – 3:17 pm

I discovered a new garden pest on my grapevines this morning. Here’s what I’ve learned about this pesky caterpillar, and what I’m doing to control it organically.

May 2014: In The Garden

May 2, 2014 – 12:43 pm

A quick peak into my garden as it looks right now.

Pruning Grape Vines… and Leaking Cuts

April 15, 2014 – 6:30 am

Timing is essential when pruning grape vines. Get it wrong, and “bleeding” will occur. (As I found out the hard way.)

How To Plant Peas

March 28, 2014 – 7:54 am

We love picking fresh peas and eating them right off the vine. Here’s how easy it is to plant your own peas…

Cat Proofing The Garden

March 23, 2014 – 8:05 am

Cats can be a real pain in the garden. Here’s what I do to keep them from digging up my freshly planted beds.

Fruit Tree Diseases. Black Rot and Frogeye Leafspot.

March 14, 2014 – 7:07 am

Last year I noticed signs that something was wrong with my fruit trees. I think I’ve diagnosed the problem, and am working on eradicating the disease. (Advice welcomed!!)

Starting Seeds With A Soil Blocker

March 5, 2014 – 10:04 am

I’m trying something new this year for starting my seeds: Soil Block Makers. Here are my thoughts on the product and my experience so far. (Hint: LOVE THEM!)

Starting Seeds for My Snow Covered Garden

February 14, 2014 – 8:20 am

Even though the ground is covered with a thick blanket of white snow, my Spring garden is busy growing indoors.

10+ Winter Chores To Do Before Your Spring Garden

January 23, 2014 – 11:02 am

Dying for Spring so you can get back in the garden? There’s a lot you can do right now to be getting prepared! Here are a few ideas to keep you busy until the cold months have passed.

Our First Radishes From The Garden

October 21, 2013 – 6:23 am

We never ever eat radishes, but I wanted to see how well they would grow in our garden. If they grew nicely, we’d learn to like them! Here’s what we’ve discovered…

It’s Muscadine Season!

October 9, 2013 – 8:55 pm

Three years after planting our grape vines, we’re enjoying the best harvest yet!