best apple recipes

76 Delicious Apple Recipes

It’s that time of year – and you’ve got more apples than you can shake a stick at. Bags and boxes of apples all over your house – and more coming off the trees every day. Even if you don’t have your own apple trees, at this time of year, you can forage for wild […]

dehydrator recipes

175 Dehydrator Recipies

So, you’ve finally done it. You read our article on buying a dehydrator and now what do you do? Your brand new machine is in your kitchen, but you’re not sure where to start. What do you try first? There are literally thousands of recipes available, and not just dehydrating apples and grapes. We’ve compiled […]

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

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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

n style=”font-weight: 400;”>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 […]

Tomato Hornworm

Pest Profiles: Tomato Hornworm

n style=”color: #000000;”>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 […]

Natural Uses of Vinegar

Vinegar: Not Just For Chips

Vinegar is one of the most commonly found ingredients in the cupboard at home. As well as being used for pickling onions and adding flavor to dishes, vinegar has many other uses around the home and the garden. We’ve already talked about how to clean carpets using vinegar as one of the main ingredients, but […]