Managing Powdery Mildew!

Powdery Mildew is a common disease that affect many different plants including vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees, shrubs and more.  This fungus grows best in warm and humid environments and it will overwinter in the soil in even the coldest temperatures. 

It is spread by insects, water run-off and wind.  If your plants are affected by powdery mildew there are many things you can do to stop it and prevent it from even happening. 

Identification

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How To Use Shade Cloth!

Shade cloth is a lightweight fabric that has tiny holes throughout. Some sunlight and water are able to go through shade cloth, yet it keeps plants safe from high temperatures and hot sun so they do not burn or dry up.

Agrfabric shade cloth used on a greenhouse.

The shade cloth in the picture above is offered by Agfabric and it can be used in small or large gardens and greenhouses. It can be purchased here. Continue reading

End Bitter Lettuce!

Have you ever taken a bite of lettuce and thought, “Boy this lettuce was really sweet last week but now it is a little bitter?” It happens. Many factors can cause lettuce to become bitter, but the most frequent is the age of the lettuce plant and the amount of heat to which it is exposed.

There are a few other factors too and most of them can be remedied easily. It is not possible to remedy age and temperature, but you can try to fool the lettuce into thinking it is still young and that the temperature is not that hot.

Heat and Age

Lettuce is a cold weather crop, which is why it is planted in the early spring or late fall. When it starts to get hot in mid-July, lettuce tends to bolt.

This means it sends out a stalk and flowers and this is normal maturation process of the plant. Any lettuce that is produced while this is happening will be bitter. Continue reading

7 Veggies to Plant In The Spring When Growing Organically!

Organic gardening not only ensures you will have a beautiful garden that provides you with a bountiful harvest but that the foods you bring into your home or the homes of your family and friends will be safe and healthy.

Enjoying foods that are free of chemicals is important to many of us which is why we choose to garden for ourselves, not to mention the act of gardening is peaceful and relaxing.

The following 7 vegetables are perfect for planting in the Spring and are hearty enough to grow organically without too much trouble. Are you ready to dig into your garden?

Carrots

There are several varieties of carrots that will give you a rainbow when harvesting, from the typical orange, to red, yellow and purple. Grow a rainbow of carrots. They are not only sweet, but they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Continue reading

Famous Female Organic Gardeners Inspiring Us All!

Sometimes, there are misconceptions about gardening. Some people think gardening is for the elderly or for men or for people who want to “be green.” But that’s just not true.

Anyone can be a gardener and for any reason. Maybe you just want to create something beautiful but lack the ability to paint. Maybe you just need to relax and want to be closer to nature. Or maybe you just want to try to make the world a better place.

Here are a few women that you will probably recognize for accomplishments not pertaining to gardening. But they are also making their mark in the world with their beautiful organic gardens.

Kim Wilde. Photo copyright www.independent.co.uk

Kim Wilde.
For many people who were teens in the 1980s, the name Kim Wilde doesn’t exactly scream “organic gardener.” You are probably remembering her for her English pop songs like “Kids in America” and “Chequered Love.”

She is still active in the music world but after she became pregnant with her first child, she decided that she wanted to create a garden for her children. This led to advancing into new career opportunities. Continue reading

Top 5 Historic Gardens Going Organic!

Gardens are a beautiful piece of history that we can often still enjoy today. From the plantation gardens in the southern part of the United States to the palaces around the world with acres and acres filled with breathtaking views of flowers, trees, and everything in between these places are often a snapshot of times long passed.

Many of these historical gems have or are becoming organic gardens, giving them a more modern feel. They are ridding the natural beauty of harmful pesticides and other chemicals that not only damage the earth but also can be extremely harmful to those who simply want to enjoy being close to nature. Here is a list of the top 5 historic organic gardens.

Greys

Greys Court and Gardens

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Best Gifts For The Organic Gardener!

Any gardener appreciates a gift that will help in the garden. Organic gardening tends to be a little costly at first, until the garden starts to thrive, and a little help with things to enhance the garden would be a great help for any organic gardener.

The following are some gifts to be found just about anywhere that will make gardening a little easier.

Organic Seeds

Many different garden companies sell certified organic seed and tomatoes are a big favorite. The organic gardener is always ready to try new things even if it is a new type of pepper or pole bean. Baker Creek has heirloom seeds from over 70 countries and D. Landreth Seed Company has unusual seeds. Continue reading

Protect Your Garden From Frost

Frost warnings usually send shivers down the backs of gardeners. A good frost can kill plants outside in a wink of an eye and they occur in the fall and the spring.

Find out when frost is most likely to occur in your area with a Frost Dates Calculator found on the internet.

This will give you a good idea of when to worry. Your local news station will most likely broadcast frost warnings too, so watch your 10 or 11 PM news.

It is vital that plants be protected from frost or they will die. Temperatures below 32 degrees are devastating to plants and even 40-degree temperatures can damage tender plants.

What Is Frost?

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Space Saving Garden Tips!

Many home gardeners have a limited amount of space in which to grow a garden. Having an acre or two is a luxury most people do not have. What they do have is a tiny little city lot where their house takes up most of the space.

There may be room for a swing set and sand box for the kids, but a large garden is out of the question. Continue reading

How to Attract and Keep Earthworms in Your Garden

Earthworms are essential to a healthy garden. They are but one type of organism in the soil that turn waste into black gold or rich soil. They also tunnel through the soil and bring oxygen to the roots of any plants in the garden.

They loosen the soil so that roots have an easier time growing through it. They eat organic matter and their output is called castings, which are very rich and full of nutrients considered a natural fertilizer.

Attracting worms to the garden only makes your garden grow bigger and better. There are several ways to make worms at home in your garden. Continue reading