Field Notes

How to Deal with Garden Pests Naturally - Part One of a Series

How to deal with Pests Naturally

Do you hate bugs? You’re not alone. Most of us recall feeling similarly before we started working the earth; our outlook changed after learning, firsthand, how beneficial insects can be to our gardening efforts. For example, lady bugs, ground beetles, lacewings, damsel bugs, and tachinid flies are a few examples of insects who provide benefit in the garden by preying on parasitic insect pests. Opposite of the “good” bugs, garden insect pests such as leafminers, spider mites, mealybugs, and slugs and snails can wreak havoc in the garden in a matter of days in their relentless quest for nourishment which they typically get by sucking the juices out of plant leaves.

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Help! My Lettuce is Bolting. What to Do?

What to do about Bolting

Newly minted (ha! Get it?) vegetable gardeners can be taken by surprise when their beautiful lettuce plants they've been enjoying since the beginning of the season start sending up flower stalks all of the sudden, and go to seed.

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9 Cool Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Wedding Celebration

9 Cool Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Wedding Celebration

So you’ve made the decision to tie the knot—congratulations! As a major supplier of custom seed packets for weddings and bridal showers, we have the privilege of talking regularly with brides and grooms in the midst of planning their weddings, giving us a bird’s eye view into current trends shaping the industry. Even though we’ve been doing this for a while, we continue to be impressed by how wedding celebrations are evolving and becoming more and more personalized to reflect the wedding couple’s values. For example, these days, many couples are designing their wedding celebrations to reflect their passion for healthy living, sustainability, and the environment.

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Canning, Freezing & Fermenting: Preserving Vegetables Grown from Seed

Canning, Freezing & Fermenting - Preserving Vegetables Grown from Seed

If you’re new to vegetable gardening, you may be surprised and overwhelmed by the bounty of your harvest. It’s likely to be much more than you’re able to consume while the vegetables are at peak freshness, in which case, you will need to consider freezing, canning, fermenting, or dry-preserving them so you can enjoy them over time.

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How to Attract Pollinators?

How to attract pollinators? There is much concern about the current well-being of busy daytime pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well those that do their work at night such as bats and moths, given their crucial role in our natural world. They are important because they pollinate—or fertilize—flowering plants, accounting for more than one-third of all food crops worldwide, allowing the plants to reproduce by setting seeds. Over 90% of plants cannot reproduce on their own and need pollinators to propagate.

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