February 27, 2017
February 27, 2017
August 17, 2016
Coley and I are excited to present our 3rd episode of Grow It, Cook It, Eat It. You can find the recipe and other garden links below.
This episode is all about Squash and Zucchini. Coley presents 5 tips on cooking and storing the vegetables which includes Zoodles. I focus on pollination and why fruit browns. I also talk at length about identifying and controlling squash bugs, beetles and vine borers. I grow my S & Z up cages and supports for easy spraying. And most importantly, don’t forget to eat what you grow and cook, with your family and friends!
June 30, 2016
Coley and I are excited to present our 2nd episode of Grow It, Cook It, Eat It. You can find the recipe and other garden links below.
This episode is all about Kale and it is a little heavier on the Grow It side. Kale is easy to grow and a great crop, if you can manage 3 annoying pests. I spend time showing you how to do just that. Coley has 5 tips for you to tame that delicious yet sometimes dirty leaf. She shows you how to prepare it, dry it, crisp it, blend it and even massage it. And don’t forget to eat what you grow and cook, with your family and friends.
June 14, 2016
It is best to spray cucumbers and all your vegetables before pests and is diseases arrive. Cucumbers often get spider mites that live on the undersides of leaves. Many types of fungus start on the undersides of leaves. So… spray the tops and bottoms of the leaves every 7-14 days. I show you the sprays I use, the hand pump sprayer I use to make this so much easier and the technique.
(I said 1 teaspoon of neem oil to a gallon of water. It should be 1 tablespoon to a gallon of water)
June 4, 2016
In this episode, John will share with you his top picks for growing organic edible plants that don’t get bothered by pests in his garden, so you can successful growing food without spraying ANYTHING on your plants.
You will learn about some of the compounds the vegetables and herbs make to make them resistant to pest attack. You will also discover why you should eat these foods in your diet.
After watching this episode, you will probably grow some (or most) of the vegetables and herbs that are listed because they require minimal care to be productive.
Source: Urban Farmer
February 25, 2016
Diatomaceous Earth can be used on microscopic worms/insects/larvae in your indoor seed start mixes and transplant mixes. It has sharp edges that damage the pests. This is how my friends use it on microscopic pests like hatched fungus gnats. I also use neem oil and cinnamon and show you how I use a water bottle to create a trick to bottom water my container transplants so the surface is not disturbed. You want the surface to dry out. You don’t need to do all these things but might find an idea that helps you.
Check out my vegetable gardening blog: The Rusted Garden. It is filled with garden information, videos, pictures, seed catalogs and seeds & things I sell. http://www.therustedgarden.blogspot.com
Monsanto promised that its latest and greatest GM crop, MON810, a genetically modified (GM) insecticidal maize banned by most of Europe, would increase yields and stop crop loss due to pests. A new report from the government of Aragon in Spain says those promises are empty. 
There is an inserted gene in the DNA of MON810 which allows the plant to make a protein that harms insects that try to eat it. The inserted gene is from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, which produces the Bt toxin that is poisonous to insects in the Lepidoptera order, including the European Corn Borer.  Three quarters of the corn grown in Aragon, Spain is currently genetically modified, but conventional varieties were tested against GM Maize varieties in 2014.
“Helen,” “Zoom,” and “Kayras” – the non-GM isogenic (parent) lines (plant varieties) – were compared with the GM varieties derived from each line. The genetic insert was the MON810 construct from the US company, Monsanto.
The report found that:
“Per hectare, from 12.6 to 14.3 kg of maize were harvested. The GM varieties and the non-GM conventional comparator had very similar yields – the difference was between 0.2 and 0.3 kilos.”
This means the GM maize did not produce more than conventional strains of maize.