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Organic Gardening

Pest Control

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How to Fight Hornworms

Photo by Getty Images/Lawrence GlassOne July day, in two 80-foot rows of tomatoes in our hoophouse at Twin Oaks Community, I found 42 hornworms varying in length from 1 to 4 inches — a collective total of 85 inches of pests! They were stripping the tomato leaves and munching on the green fruit.Hornworms are large caterpillars capable of doing serious damage to ...

Pam Dawling | May 27, 2020

Techniques

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Your Winter Garden: From Season Extension to Microgreens

Winter is a time of rest in the garden throughout most of the country. It’s a time when gardeners traditionally get comfy near the stove or fireplace, delve into the new season’s seed catalogs, revisit the last season’s triumphs and disasters, and plan for next year. But sometimes, gardeners miss getting their fingers in the dirt. They miss those summer ...

Randel A. Agrella | Nov 12, 2020

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Tools

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The Loy Spade: An Ancient Irish Tool

Photo by Adobe Stock/GregoryUse of the Irish foot plough called a loy nearly died out in the 1980s, after centuries of farmers and gardeners using it to dig neat furrows all over the island. From the Irish laí, meaning “spade,” the loy’s fall from grace had been a long time coming: In the mid-18th century, the familiar broad-bladed ...

Caitlin Wilson | May 27, 2020

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