Common Pepper Plant Diseases and Treatments

Fungus related diseases are the most common in Pepper plants. Plants generally display discoloration, spots, and poor growth. Pepper leaves may yellow and drop off. Many of these diseases of pepper plants can be prevented by: Planting disease-resistant varieties Rotating vegetable crops every other year Implementing proper watering and cultivation techniques. Keeping the area free of … Read more

Pickleworm Control – Identification and Treatment (Pictures)

What Are Pickleworms? Pickleworms [Diaphania nitidalis] feed on circubits, which includes all types of cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and melons. Their life cycle is approximately one month. Overlapping generations occur. Their minute eggs are white when deposited on the buds, flowers, and other portions of the plant, but change to yellow after the first day. They … Read more

Bonsai Coffee Trees

Bonsai, in English, is an all encompassing term used to describe miniature trees grown in containers or pots. Although the original Japanese definition was slightly different from modern interpretations, the sum and substance remaining is a potted tree trained to grow in a miniaturized fashion. To start your own Bonsai is relatively simple, to maintain … Read more

Leafroller Caterpillar Control: Identification and Treatments (Pictures)

What are Leafrollers? Leafrollers are small greenish to green/brown caterpillars (moth larvae) that feed on leaves, buds, and fruit. They’re the worm in your apple (Or 1/2 worm as the case may be). They are a common problem on fruit trees and ornamental trees, occasionally on vegetable garden plants, but rarely. Some of the more … Read more

Gooseberry Compatible Companion Plants

Companion PlantingĀ is the placement of various crops in close physical proximity to one another so as to symbiotically compliment each others health, vigor, growth and the flavor of their produce. It also naturally involves separating plants whose development is antagonistic to each other. Gooseberry doesn’t have very many known friends in the plant realm, nor … Read more

Cabbage Looper (Trichoplusia ni) Control and Identification (Pictures)

If you think you may be suffering from a cabbage looper infestation, the first step is to confirm that cabbage loopers are present. Below we will help you identify cabbage loopers and if it is indeed what is invading your garden, help you control and eliminate the unwanted pests. Identifying Cabbage Loopers Trichoplusia ni, otherwise … Read more

Why Corn Stalks and Leaves Turn Red and How to Prevent It

Corn plants will sometimes turn red to reddish-purple, generally later in the season. That’s not something you really want to see when you’re anticipating roasting or boiling some juicy ears of sweet corn. The redness is indicative of a sugar accumulation in the leaves and stalks which results from too few kernels being developed on … Read more

Epsom Salts as Fertilizer and Pest Control

A picture of Epsom salt in a glass jar with some leafy garnish laying next to it. Text reads using epsom salt in the garden as fertilizer and pest control.

Discovered in the well water of Epsom, England, from which the name “Epsom” salts is derived it has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments, of people, animals and plants. Epsom salt is comprised of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen and in gardening, it is used to correct a magnesium or sulfur … Read more

What is Pickling Salt and Can Table Salt be used instead?

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Salt is a crucial part of the pickling process. It works in combination with an acidic liquid (usually vinegar or apple cider) to create an environment that is inhospitable to bacteria. Adding salt also improves the flavor of the pickled foods that you create. But is pickling actually salt safe to eat? Does pickling salt … Read more

Using Cinnamon On Plants: A Fungicide, Pesticide, and Rooting Agent

The culinary attributes of Cinnamon are well noted, it’s a great flavoring for a multitude of recipes. What is not well noted is it’s usefulness in the garden. The Cinnamon that we know from our kitchens is derived from tree bark – you guessed it, the cinnamon tree. To the more scientifically astute cinnamon trees … Read more