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 Why Corn Stalks and Leaves Turn Red and How to Prevent It
Sodium Bicarbonate, commonly known as Baking Soda works well as an efficient and cost effective fungicide and insecticide. It is actually registered with the EPA for use against certain plant fungi, powdery mildew. Sprinkled near the base of plants it will kill and or deter slugs and cutworms, it is also useful against roaches and … Read more Using Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) As a Fungicide and Insecticide
Tomato Leaves turning purple is a cause for concern. The most common reason this occurs is a phosphorus deficiency. Tomatoes are heavy phosphorus feeders. The most common and logical reason for a phosphorus deficiency is simply that there is not adequate phosphorus in the soil, but it is not the only reason. At times there … Read more Purple Tomato Leaves: Why Are My Tomato Leaves Turning Purple?
Melon Varieties Prone to Splitting Some thin-skinned watermelon varieties are prone to splitting and cracking. They are sometimes dubbed ‘exploding melons’ for this very reason. Thin rind varieties are infamous for this and tend to split more often on the vine. But even Thick Rind varieties can at times burst or split. Thin rind varieties … Read more Watermelon Splitting: What Causes a Watermelon to Split?
What is Edema and What Causes it? Edema, also known as Oedema, is [caused by] an irregular, abnormal, excessive water retention by plants. It is generally the result of environmental factors, such as heavy rains and wet weather sometimes coupled with over -watering by over-attentive gardeners. The plants basically become bloated and gorged with moisture. … Read more Edema (Oedema) Disease in Plants | Identification, Symptoms, and Cures
You’ve been toiling in the garden all year now the harvest is in. What you have is an abundance of onions. If you have more onions than you can eat in a few sittings, you’ll want to preserve them. Here we will share 3 common methods for preserving onions: freezing, canning, and dehydrating. 3 Ways … Read more 3 Methods for Preserving Onions: Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating
Ground Cherries are siblings to tomatillos and cape gooseberries, and cousins of tomatoes. If you’ve grown them in the past you are well aware that under the correct conditions and tutelage from you, a bumper crop is easily obtained. I like eating them raw just as they are, or in salads, but at times there … Read more Preserving Ground Cherry Drying
Green garlic is immature garlic cloves harvested early in the season before the bulb fully matures. Garlic scapes are the spindly curled shoots that grow above ground, they mature into curly green stalks topped by tightly closed buds. Garlic Greens are the immature top growth that pops up shortly after you plant garlic cloves, if … Read more Grow Garlic Greens Year Round
Garlic accumulates a naturally occurring fungicide sulfur, which also is helpful in pest suppression, it discourages many common garden pests. Unfortunately you repel some of the bugs some of the time and all of the bugs some of the time but you can’t repel all the bugs all the time. There are insects and fungal … Read more Garlic Growing Problems. Cause, Prevention, Treatment
If you planted Garlic early this fall in anticipation of a spring harvest you may have noticed that it has already sprung up. In all but the coldest of regions such as Canada and the very Northernmost USA it will do just fine all winter long. Come the warm weather again in spring, say March … Read more Garlic Sprouting Early