Category: Pests

Video: Revisiting the Victory Garden

I was actually looking for videos starring Barbara Damrosch but only found one, that I already linked too previously. She is co-owner of Four Season Farm and I read that she appeared in the PBS series The Victory Garden. My search lead me to this old, old video about victory gardens in the US during

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Category: Pests

Category: Pests

How to Propagate Strawberries

If you already have strawberry plants growing in your garden you can make more plants yourself by propagating the old ones. This is preferred over bringing home plants from another garden because you risk bringing home pests with you, like strawberry mites or nematodes. You can propagate strawberries by dividing old plants or by taking

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Category: Pests

Category: Pests

Mulching My Garden Beds

Once a week I mow the lawn and I often use the grass clippings as mulch on my beds. Leaves and small sticks collected by the lawnmower can be used too: A bed of leeks has been prepared this way: When you have a layer of mulch the weeds have a hard time reaching the

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Rescuing My Tomato Plants

When I find these new shoots on my tomato plants I normally pinch them off to force the plant to focus its energy on the developing fruits instead of foliage, but now that all of my plants are affected by blight I suddenly find myself welcoming these new shoots as they provide much needed foliage

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Back From Vacation

I took a week of vacation last week away from home and the garden. I was a bit worried what would happen if my garden was left by itself at the peak of the season. The weather turned out to be windy and wet (and so did my vacation 🙁 ), and below is a

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How to Save Potato Tubers from Blight

Unfortunately all of my potato plants have been hit with blight. After reading a bit about potatoes and blight I found out that Asparagus potatoes is a type that is almost certain to catch the blight each year: I grew this type of potato in previous seasons and didn’t have any problems but I think

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How to Keep Birds Away from Your Strawberries

I’m impressed with my new scarecrow made out of old CD-ROM’s so I thought I wanted to show it to you in live action: [media id=14 width=400 height=320] Now it’s only the slugs that are eating away, but fortunately there are solutions for that: Crushed egg shells around the edges of the bed Copper tape

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Dried-Up Tomato Plant

Okay, here we go again: Another dried-up self-watering box. I have seen this before but apparently I haven’t learn the lesson yet. You need to place your self-watering boxes on something solid if you want to be sure that nothing grows through the bottom, perforating the box and destroying its ability to contain water. It

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