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Deadly Tomato Horn Worm – And How To Find Them

“The worm appearing on it was an object of much terror, it being currently regarded as poisonous and importing a poisonous quality to the fruit if it should chance to crawl upon it.” –  The Illustrated Annual Register of Rural Affairs and Cultivator Almanac (1867) John J Thomas Picture a large green caterpillar like creature with diagonal white stripes and a small red horn protruding…

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Green Beans, Peppers, and the Mystery of the Fallen Corn Stalks

At the beginning of the growing season, it’s hard for me to contain my excitement for that first harvest. I will check my plants daily, sometimes twice, to see if anything is ready to be picked. In August however, I don’t think a day goes by where something is not taken out of the garden. To be honest, it can be somewhat difficult to keep…

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Five Tools For Starting A Garden

“I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” – Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes If you had seen me come inside from the garden the other night, you would believe I was living by that quote. I was out kneeling in and around the boxes pulling out some very resilient weeds. Being that…

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Building A Garden Fence

How To Build A Panel Style Garden Fence

Rabbits, woodchucks, and deer. All three are not necessarily a welcome site for most gardeners to see in their garden. If they can catch them in the act that is. Oftentimes it is the decimated aftermath of leaves, half eaten crops, and plant stems that show any evidence of them being there. If you’ve had this happen to you, I don’t have to explain the…

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July 2017 Update

The month of July is a time where the garden really comes alive. It’s when most plants put on a large amount of green growth, and many of the leaves are still really green because diseases and blight have not changed their color otherwise. With so many plant varieties ready for harvest, the time between July and the end of August will inspire even the…

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How To Kill Japanese Beetles

My War With An Unrelenting Insect

About three years ago I had my first encounter with Japanese Beetles. The encounter happened to be death and destruction of a massive portion of my, at the time, small garden. The newly planted apple trees and rose bushes got the brunt of their assault. Everything had at least some damage by these insects. They land on the leaves and flowers of my plants and…

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Garden Like Thomas Jefferson

Four Plants I'm Growing From Thomas Jefferson's 1777 Garden

Happy 4th of July everyone! In honor of Independence Day, I thought it might be fitting to take a look back at the life of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. Don’t worry, this won’t be a history lesson, or at least not one that you would have sat through in grade school! Many of you already know that Thomas Jefferson was America’s 3rd…

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4 Ways To Preserve Strawberries

A few posts back I talked entirely about strawberries. This time of the year, strawberries are incredibly abundant and affordable. I challenged many of you to head out to your nearest U-Pick to get a bucket of strawberries and if you are like me, you “accidentally” picked many more than you could ever hoped to eat fresh. I for one, hardly expected to end up…

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An Unwanted Guest

A Failing Defense Against Tiny Rabbits

So I have a bit of a dilemma. I built a fence this year to keep out unwanted animals like rabbits, woodchucks, and deer. And for the most part it seemed to be working. That is until this week… About a month ago I saw a pretty large rabbit hanging around the outside of my fence. This guy, in size, was more a raccoon than…

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June 19, 2017

Tomatoes and Peppers and Ground Cherries Oh My?

It is the middle of June and I thought it worth providing an update on my three oldest (aside from the perennials) plants of the year. At almost five months old, the tomatoes, peppers, and ground cherries are really coming to life in the garden. If this is the first you’ve heard of the experiment I am doing with these plants, check out the previous…

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