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Successfully germinating seeds
It's planting time! We want you to be successful when starting your seeds. Here are a few tips to remember when you get to growing your seeds: The basics of seed germination: Healthy seeds are little protected packets of everything a plant needs to get off to a great start. As a survival mechanism, seeds are dormant and protected by a hard seed coat until the right conditions arrive for them to grow. They've evolved this as a protection, otherwise they would germinate in unfavorable conditions. When we germinate the seeds for our garden, we strive to create just the...
Organic pest management: Imported Cabbage Worm
Cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, is one of the most visible insects, pest or otherwise, in our garden. It looks lovely and innocuous, dozens of white yellow butterflies floating around the garden on a warm summer day. But watch them closely and find that what they're really doing is laying their eggs on host plants, which are those in the brassicacea family. For us, the larva are mostly a problem in cabbage, as the leaves they feed on are also the part we eat. They're frass fills the crevices of the growing cabbage, making it a disgusting mess. Their feeding can stunt broccoli,...
Growing vegetables in part shade
Some people want to grow a garden, but only have shade in their yards. Shade is a blessing in almost every other way- it often means trees are present, it keeps the soil from drying out, and keeps the house cool in the heat of the summer. But for growing a vegetable garden, shade is tricky. Most vegetables require 7-10 hours of full sun to thrive, flower, and set fruit. However, if you only have shade and still want to grow at least some of your own food, you can! As a general rule, many crops that we only eat...
Honoring Homero Gomez Gonzales- Activist who fought to protect monarch butterflies
This week Homero Gomez, a leading activist for monarch butterflies in Mexico, was found dead in a well in Michoacan. Homero was an outspoken advocate for the monarch and fought for the protection of their vital overwintering habitat in Michoacan state, where millions of butterflies journey each year from Canada seeking the shelter and warmth of old-growth trees. Though cause of death is still not known, Gomez disappearance one week prior to his death led to speculation of his being a target of illegal logging operations in the area. Michoacan state is home to Mexico's largest butterfly reserve, El Rosario...
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