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Pest Control – Aphids

As things started to get warm this summer (i.e. late June), we got some major aphid infestations.  I didn’t catch it right away and it was pretty bad on my cabbage. I used an organic spray called EcoSMART which contains Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Thyme Oil, and Clove Oil.  It doesn’t smell very bad.  They…

Summer 2013 Report – Cabbage

The cabbage was moderately successful.  We’ll try again next year and should be able to do better.  I planted three white cabbage and three red cabbage plants. The red cabbage was growing well and then got a rather large aphid infestation.  I was able to fight the infestation but didn’t catch it until it had…

Summer 2013 Report – Broccoli

This was a failure.  I’ve heard that broccoli is not a summer plant.  That seems to be the case.  It started to flower early and while I had four plants that all grew well, there was little edible broccoli produced. What I did get tasted bitter.  I’m assuming that’s because it was just about to…

Summer 2013 Report – Peppers

I planted four different pepper plants, three chile peppers and one bell pepper. The chile pepper plants took a while but eventually produced a lot of peppers.  These were great on salads and other foods, not too spicy.  But they were spicy enough that you couldn’t eat a lot at one time.  Jenny pickled a…

Summer 2013 Report – Cucumbers

As Jenny reported, the cucumbers were easy to deal with and produced TONS of cucumbers.  I planted four of these and they took over a four by four section of the raised bed and spread over the sides as well. No special care was required.  It may look like there are no cucumbers.  Then once…

Pest Control – Snails and Slugs

These slow-moving creatures seem harmless but when you see the large holes in your leaves, or slugs nestling in the base of your plants, you’ll want these guys out of there.  Note that for all pest control, we use only organic methods. Beer!  Yes, this works well.  Simply get a large bowl, pour in the…

WELCOME to our home garden blog!!

As the summer crops were winding down, Jenny prompted me to make notes about what worked and what didn’t.  It was pretty easy to set up this blog so that I could just add my notes as blog posts so that others could read it as well. Jenny and I don’t claim to be experts…