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TAG : garden

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 ...

Chayote: A Plant on the Rise

Photo by Adobe Stock/EngdaoMy daughter texted mefrom a Tennessee supermarket last spring, asking, “What the heck is chayote?”Knowing it was a trendy food that year, I informed her that chayote is a squash-like fruit in the gourd family, and jokingly told her to buy one so she could be ...

Kiwis in the Garden

Photo by Adobe Stock/ktwatanabeWho doesn’t lovethe thought of growing fresh, healthy, pesticide-free fruit? And while we’re on the subject, why not consider growing something you don’t find in most backyard settings, something that’ll really wow your visitors? Why not consider ...

Why You Should Keep A Worm Bin

Composting with worms is not a new idea, but I think it is a practice that many people overlook or find too uninviting due to the nature of a slimy, wiggling worm. The fact of the matter is that worm composting is one of the most ideal forms of composting for one sole reason: you are producing ...

Mother Earth Gardener

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