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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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Companion Planting: Cool Season Crops

Companion Planting Cool season crops—the plants that draw benefit from each other are within 6 feet of each other. Thyme is planted by the strawberries to attract pollinators (bees) so we will have a lot of strawberries. Lettuce, beets, broccoli and carrots ( round French carrots are best in the ground here) make good friends and don’t share any of the same problems. Butter heads are so cute Leaf lettuce-cut and come again & tasty Radishes like being planted next to carrots and lettuce because they do not share any pests or diseases. Cilantro/ Coriander- repels aphids which are a […]

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My Grandmother’s Garden

By Lucy Harrell Her name was Lucille—I called her Mommy Cille- she loved her garden-it was her place to escape –with me by her side. Lucky me– to have learned so much from such a sage—and I was lucky enough to have her with me until my 48th year. She never went shopping for plants or garden products-she divided our perennials and collected annual seed for the next years planting. She traded plants and seeds with neighbors and we put everything we didn’t use or share in the compost piles-she had several different piles-that she made for different types of […]

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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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