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Know Your Onions Part 1

Monastrell still glistening after 4 months in storage.

Onions (Allium cepa) are biennial members of the Amaryllidaceae family and Allium genus which also includes leeks, garlic and chives and shallots. They are an important food crop worldwide, and feature in the cuisine of many different...

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 7:23 PM

Most Unusual Biological Control?

eggs and chicks © 2006 John Isaac Holson

Biological controls seem the ideal solution to insect pests. No poisonous residue to harm the plant—or the consumer if the plant is one grown for food. Unlike broad-spectrum insecticides that can damage beneficial insects along with the pest,...

Posted on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:08 PM

The Bag Lady


  I love apples…crisp and juicy, sweet and tart, green or red. I eat one daily, sometimes with peanut butter or almond butter… I even add a few raisins and some cinnamon now and then for a special treat. I have four lovely apple trees...

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2:19 PM

Garden Clean-up

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 Fall is here and that means there is work to do in the garden. Here are some fall tips! Finish or Continue the Harvest Preserving, dehydrating, and canning. Harvest remaining fruits and vegetables. Or cover beds where you wish to extend...

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:16 AM

Birds - A Free Pest Service!

Baby Birds in Nest

Pest services, courtesy of your neighborhood bug eating birds, are free!     The estimate in a recent study is that the world's birds eat 450 million to 550 million tons of insects and other arthropods each year.  450 million tons...

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12:09 PM

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