Seed Saving Basics: How to Save Seeds for Beginners

Saving your own sounds super easy. And it is to a degree – but there are some things you need to know to get it right. Otherwise there’s a strong possibility that your saved seeds won’t germinate, won’t produce fruit, will deliver a poor or mutated crop, or otherwise won’t be stable. Learning how to […]

Plant Problems – Onion White Rot

Onion white rot – Stromatinia cepivora (syn. Sclerotium cepivorum) — the unforgiving fungal pestilence of the allium family. There is nothing so annoying as expectantly walking up to the lovely crops you’ve grown, picking your first onion, and looking at it in dismay, wondering what happened to it. This happened to me this week as I picked my […]

Plant Problems: Basil Diseases

    Basil, a fragrant annual herb that is popular in cooking — particularly in Italian dishes. It’s easy to grow indoors and outdoors, but it’s still quite a fragile plant — especially in hot conditions, and is prone to a number of diseases. Basil diseases can prevent the plant from flourishing and, in some […]

how to control bindweed

Plant Problems: Bindweed

Bindweed, or bellbind, is a regular problem in gardens. This weed is incredibly frustrating for gardeners as it literally chokes fruit and vegetables. It is very difficult to control as it attempts to take over the world, or at least the garden, with its winding vines that just want to grow up everything in the […]

Pest Profiles: The Squash Bug, Anasa tristis

The bane of many gardeners life, the squash bug, Anasa tristis, is commonly found throughout the US. Their damage is limited to members of the gourd family including squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins. They attack plants in large numbers and like to gather on the leaves, vines, and fruits of the plant. The bugs cause damage to the […]

Plant Problems – Blossom End Rot

Blossom end rot – not caused by a pesky insect or a disease, but it is caused by adverse growing conditions. Although it most commonly occurs in tomatoes, it also appears on squash, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and melons. What Causes Blossom End Rot? Blossom end rot occurs in plants when there isn’t enough calcium in […]

Tomato Hornworm

Pest Profiles: Tomato Hornworm

As the gardening season progresses, we all have to be alert and ready to tackle those annoying little insects that can decimate our crops and leave us devastated that all the hard work we put into growing our fruit and vegetables was a waste of time and money. For many growers, one of the evilest […]