We (Home Depot) started carrying a line of Environmentally safe pest-control products called “EcoSmart”
Unlike most pesticide brands, which use harmful chemicals that contaminate ground-water, and are also harmful to native wildlife and humans, “EcoSmart” uses a mix of Botanical Oils that…
I’ve noticed that “real” farmers do not stake their tomato plants. Any thoughts on whether the home farmers should go that route too? What’s the real reason for staking, anyway?
The reason for staking is to help the plant from falling over and reduce the risk of breaking in half. It also helps to make a path so you don’t step on the plants while harvesting.
'Real' farmers basically don't have the time to stake their whole crop.
I had a customer over the weekend asking about asparagus plants and how to care for them.
When you purchase and plant your asparagus, don’t expect to start seeing asparagus soon. It takes at least two years for the plant to make a good root system and start producing the veggie. When the two years are up and the plant is growing asparagus only harvest from spring to June, if you continuously harvest you’re going to tire out the plant. After June just take care of the plant like you were and in the next spring you could start harvesting again.
Good luck and happy planting!
Rabbits nibbling at your veggies? Here’s a few tips on how to rabbit proof your garden.
1. Build a fence around your garden using 36” mesh chicken wire attached to stakes. Bend the top 6” of the fence outward to ward off other animals that may try to climb it. Make sure to put wire 6” below grade.
( if animals, like birds are getting in cover the top of the fence with more chicken wire to make a ‘dome’.)
2. If you have a cat use the soiled(no feces) litter and sprinkle it around the perimeter of the garden. The scent will have rabbits running the other way. I suggest you sprinkle the litter every week.
3. If you don’t have a cat or find the soiled litter idea kinda gross, plant catnip in the corners of your garden…rabbits hate that smell and would never come near your veggies.
4. Try to elimate any wood piles or dead stumps that rabbits might call home.
Hoped that solved your rabbit problem. Good luck and happy planting!
It sounds simple but I have so many customers saying that they’ve killed their plants by over watering or not watering them enough, so here’s an easy way to know when to water.
For baskets or pots, just test the dirt with your fingers. Moist feeling dirt naturally means that you don’t have to water. For dirt that feels more on the dry side just give it a small drink. Now, if the dirt has no moisture in it then that’s when you could give the plant a nice big drink.
For in ground plants and or veggies you could get away with one long watering in the afternoon, if it’s a hot day water in the morning and then again in the afternoon.
Good luck and happy planting!
for those in my area make sure you water your plants more than usual, especially if they’re in full sun!
Live near a wooded area? Do you wake up and find that a deer made your flower bed his breakfast? Here’s a list of flowers that would make that deer turn his nose at.
Shrubs and Trees
Are your pansies looking sad? Is the heat getting to them? Don’t worry it’s normal for these guys. Pansies are not fond of the summer heat so they tend to look ‘tired’. Just keep them in part shade, water them like usual, and give them a cleaning once in awhile and they’ll be looking pretty when late summer/fall comes around.
Spider mites or white mites attacking your flowers or veggies? It’s ok there’s a solution for these pesky guys. Usually a simple insecticide would kill them, but if you want to be ‘green’ about it or the mites are on your veggies a simple mix of a few squirts of dish soap in a spray bottle filled with water will send them away. You would have to spray the plant accouple times to get the best results.
Also, ladybugs love mites as a meal. You could buy ladybugs online for a reasonable price and since the ladys know where the good food is they’ll never leave your garden.
Hope this helped solve your mite mayhem!