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Posted on 17 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Making Your Own Flying Insect Trap for the Garden

Photo Credit: Aphid Farm On a Tulip Tree Leaf by light2shine used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Aphid Farm On a Tulip Tree Leaf by light2shine used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Everyone who has gardened has had a problem with insects sometime or another.

The first approach that many gardeners try first is an insecticide but since I am an organic gardener I avoid this technique.

Frankly, even though I work very hard in my garden, there is nothing in my garden space that is so valuable that it cannot be replaced if it is eaten by my fellow creatures.

One of my favorite techniques to use when it comes to pest control is to create my own insect traps. I have different kinds of traps for different types of insects but in this case I am going to make one for the flying insects. This includes aphids, and white flies.

The easiest technique I have found is Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 13 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Plant Disease: Bacterial Leaf Spot and How to Treat It

Photo Credit: Small spots and coalescing lesions of bacterial pustule by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Photo Credit: Small spots and coalescing lesions of bacterial pustule by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Bacterial leaf spot is a fungal issue that many gardeners develop in their gardens.

This can be prevented by buying healthy plants, spacing the plants out according to their variety, protecting plants from water splashing up on them with newspaper, and watering at the correct time.

But if you do get bacterial leaf spot, there are two easy organic treatments the can be used and the supplies are no farther than your kitchen.

The main ingredient to the first approach is milk. A spray of milk and water is surprisingly a solution to any bacterial leaf spot and mildew problem. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and lettuce can be susceptible to this plant disease. The success of this treatment depends on when you discover the problem. The sooner the better and the more often you apply the treatment the better the success rate.

To begin the treatment, one must first Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 03 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Cats in the Garden: Shew Cat Shew

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Photo Credit: Garden helper by play4smee used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Photo Credit: Garden helper by play4smee used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

When I was a child, cats in the garden were never really a problem.

My dogs normally chased them up to the barn and that was that.

Once I got married and moved to the urban jungle, I quickly learned about a horror tale called the “Black Cat and the Garden.”

While I am not superstitious and did own two black cats at the time, I did have a problem with this one black cat. My neighbors had associated the sight of the black cat and bad luck, especially in the garden.

I knew this was not true and instead tried to teach them the true reason for their plants dying. It was not black magic or bad luck but instead a cat’s need to go to the bathroom.

At this point, you may wonder, as my Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Simple Ways of Protecting Your Garden from Pest the Organic Way

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Photo Credit: Cat in the garden by Alex Balan used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: Cat in the garden by Alex Balan used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Pests can come in many different forms and can appear at different times of the season.

Some pests are easy to control or eliminate from that part of the garden while others can be more challenging.

The key to organically controlling a pest is a three-fold process.

The first stage is prevention, which is followed by knowing one’s pest and finally coming up with a management plan.

Prevention is an important stage when it comes to pest control. This can range from planting plants that are not susceptible to certain pest, such as nematodes and removing plant material from the garden space at the end of the season.

The next stage is Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 January 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Rooting Hormone Basics

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Photo Credit: Tomato Plant by Suzy Glass used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As an organic gardener and one of Native American heritage, I love to do things as natural as possible.

When my children were babies that included cloth diapers, homemade baby food and breastfeeding.

Back then I was viewed as a little weird but now these behaviors are becoming more common and in doing so more acceptable.

My “back to nature movement” was not limited to childrearing but also to my home and garden. I took down walls because I wanted a home that was more open and natural looking. I did not want to be limited by four walls.

I ripped my carpet up and laid Read the rest of this entry »

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