• Mexican Bean Beetle: Learn How to Id and Prevent it.
  • Radish Health Benefits + Recipes (Using Leaves & Pods Too.)
  • Get Rid of Squash Bug Eggs with this Simple Hack

Mexican Bean Beetle: Learn How to Id and Prevent it.

Mexican Bean Beetle Destroy Beans

Last year I thought my bush bean leaves were ravished by the Japanese beetles.  The beetles didn’t touch my black or white beans  So I ignored the beetles to focus on bigger problems–the cabbage looper.  Well, ignorance is not bliss  since that “beetle” was the Mexican bean beetle which ravished all of my bean leaves [...]

Radish Health Benefits + Recipes (Using Leaves & Pods Too.)

Radish Health Benefits

Radishes are an acquired spicy taste but are quite healthy for you.   Hubs love them– especially the the black radishes. This year I decided to grow Daikon radishes as well as Hub’s beloved black radishes.  But the root is not the only star in the game. The leaves as well as the beans pods [...]

Get Rid of Squash Bug Eggs with this Simple Hack

squash bug egg removal made easy

Who dislikes squash bugs?  Raise your hands.  I have 8 ways how you can keep those bugs at bay.  Well, if all your efforts fail, you still need to remove the eggs from the back of your leaves.  Why?  They can suck the life out of your squash leaves.  (Those little vampires.)  So every summer, [...]

Squash Bug Control: 8 Ways to Kick their Butts in the Garden

Squash bugs detrators

Squash bugs are notorious for destroying your pumpkins and squashes.  They suck the life out of your leaves.Then, they invade your house in the winter.  I am not sure who is worse–the squash bug or the squash vine borer.  (Learn some tricks on keeping the vine borer hopefully out of the garden.)  I think the [...]

Natural Weed Killers. Learn What Works.

weeds

I hate weeds.  You think you got them all and then suddenly, there is twice as many as you previously picked.  It’s maddening.  But the worse weeding is removing ones that are stuck between the itty bitty cracks of pavement, pavers, and sidewalks.  Crabgrass and dandelions adore these spaces.  Instead of cursing them, banish them [...]

Low Flow Faucets Can Change the World

facucet

Even though we all still need to brush our teeth, flush the toilet and take showers, California is in the throes of an historic drought that makes every drop of water precious. You can do your part to conserve our water supplies – not to mention save money — with some simple changes in your [...]

Prevent Squash Vine Borers from Killing Your Squash & Pumpkins

Squash Vine Borer Preventer

June is the beginning of summer, kids get out of school, and graduations.  For gardeners it is the beginning of squash vine borer season.  Yes, the dreaded squash vine borer that can decimate your pumpkin and squash crop with a blink of an eye.   In fact last year, I think the borer also attacked [...]

Square Foot Gardening Layout so Easy with the Seed Square!

Seeding Square

Gardening is incredibly enjoyable but it takes a lot of work.  One of the reasons I  converted to a square foot gardener was this method increased yields and reduced weeding.  However, laying out the grids and planting easily 300 seeds in an 8 by 4 foot bed is back breaking and time consuming.   Jennifer and Karl [...]