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Growing Great Tomatoes 2013

By Lucy Harrell T.C.N.P. A Specialist On Demanding Environments My Grandmother taught me more then anyone about successful gardening and every time I pass her information along it makes me smile. Since her time we have had many new products appear that I have tested and like also—but it always goes back to her sage advise and her basic principles. First of all your gardens should be a pleasure –not a pressure—-You are the boss and with just a little up front troubleshooting you can rule supreme! Always remember that it is easier to prevent a problem then it is […]

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Organic Insect & Disease Control

My philosophy is “ do no harm’. I teach you to rely on a well balanced organic program that includes depending on beneficial insects and companion planting to keep you garden free of all damage. If you feel that your garden is without a natural population of ladybugs and lace wings then I recommend that you release them. In most cases these are the only two that I feel it is necessary to release, if for some reason you do not have a good natural population. Organic Insect & Disease Control with Ladybugs When introducing ladybugs – Buy them at […]

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DIY Pest Control Reminders

Home Pest Control the Natural Way Hi Everyone– Just a reminder –if you are doing your own exterminating for inside pest control like roaches , silverfish, scorpions, spiders etc–and it has been 6 months since your last application—You need to re-apply The Eco-Exempt G (which is the granular ) outside, around the foundation of your home , garage and other structures–The 22 pound bag treats a foundation around most homes twice–so one bag will cover your pest control for a whole year. The product is applied by just scattering it at the base of your foundations–I use a small bucket […]

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Garden Maintenance Schedule for February and March

*Apply  [Powdered] Corn Gluten Meal at 20 lbs per 1000 sq feet to your lawn and bed area (after it is cleaned up) to control broad leaf weeds—if this is a concern. ( This year you may have already done this) Always remember that  whatever else you are putting down ( soil, compost, mulch etc)–the corn gluten meal must be on top to work. FYI– never trim during rainy weather-it can cause disease in the cuts – trim on dry days — temperatures should be ok for you to be outside — so between 35 degrees  & up while you […]

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Getting the Most Out of Your Garden: Companion Planting

Companion planting is a skill that I was taught by my maternal Grandmother who raised me. It is not new to older gardeners and has been taught in universities to food crop growers for decades. I’ve always used the skill in my organic ornamental designs as well. * The art of good companion planting is very important to the success of my organic program that I teach in my classes. Strong Scented Repellant Plants——Any plant that has a strong scent will repel bad bugs [bugs that eat plants]. Many herbs fall into this category. Below I have listed some of […]

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