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Diatomaceous Earth to Get Rid of Pests By David Wall
Aug01

Diatomaceous Earth to Get Rid of Pests By David Wall

An easy, safe, and effective ways to prevent garden pest outbreaks and prevent them from starting, is to use food grade diatomaceous earth (DE).  It’s harmless to humans and safe for animals.  The pest list thatDE is effective on is long, while the time to control is short.  It’s a jack of all trades and master of all of them. For those unaware, DE is fossilized algae in powder form.  The fossils were tiny...

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Pruning Tomato And Pepper Plants By David Wall
Jun26

Pruning Tomato And Pepper Plants By David Wall

Many have never heard of pruning tomato plants except for those pesky secondary branches and the central stem top a month before frost to force the plant into ripening the final fruit.  Now, we’re learningthere’s more to do. For tomato plants, is pruning necessary?  For determinate plants, the answer is usually no.  They produce a crop and are finished by late July to early August, so why bother.  For determinate...

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This And That For June 2023 By David Wall
Jun22

This And That For June 2023 By David Wall

Water availability will continue to be a problem now and in the future. You can help by storing rain water, saving bath water wasted by running until the water gets warm, drip garden irrigation, saving the water from boiling vegetables which contains nutrients plants will love, enlarging ponds when they are very low, and so many more ways. In the NETSEO area, there are probably several hundred thousand gardens. If each of us could...

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Should You Prune Cucumber Plants? By David Wall
Jun19

Should You Prune Cucumber Plants? By David Wall

We’ve discussed pruning tomato and pepper plants, but the literature suggests you should consider pruning cucumber plants. Yes, it seems weird, but better results can be obtained by pruning. The problem is most of us never heard of such pruning. So, how can pruning help? If growing bush cucumber plants, you can probably forget this article. They grow very little laterally, so there’s little to be gained by pruning. Also, if you allow...

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Growing Cucumbers In Containers By David Wall
Jun05

Growing Cucumbers In Containers By David Wall

If you don’t feel you have enough garden space to grow cucumbers, consider growing them in containers.  It’s easy and you can get a really good crop of this second most popular vegetable after tomatoes (which can also be grown in containers).  Since cucumbers have a smaller root structure than many vegetables, there is little worry about them becoming root-bound in the container. Your first requirement is 6-8 hours of...

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A Potential Danger In Sweeteners By David Wall
Apr26

A Potential Danger In Sweeteners By David Wall

For so many of us, especially for diabetics, it’s important to check the sugar content in products. We normally think “no sugar,” “less sugar,” or “lite” must be better for us, and in most instances, such is smart thinking. Recently, however, an ingredient often found in regular or no-sugar products has been found to be unwanted, an in some case, perhaps downright dangerous. Some years back, I wrote an article about artificial...

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This and That for April 2024 From Master Gardener David Wall
Apr09

This and That for April 2024 From Master Gardener David Wall

April 9, 2024 – For those who, for whatever reason, choose to cut the corn off the cob after cooking and before eating, holding on without burning or scalding you hand is always a problem. Fortunately, a simple, easy, and mess-free solution is to use an angel food cake pan. Simply place the stem end in the center hole and then slice downward with a knife to remove the kernels. Plants don’t just emit water vapor to the sky, they...

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Growing Vegetables In 5 Gallon Buckets From Master Gardener David Wall
Apr03

Growing Vegetables In 5 Gallon Buckets From Master Gardener David Wall

April 3, 2024 – Whether lack of garden room, sick of a large garden, unable to bend over to pick fruit, or just want a few peppers, tomatoes or cucumbers, consider growing the plants in 5-gallon buckets. They’re low maintenance (easy watering and fertilizing), higher above ground, and virtually weed free. The depth and circumference can support the roots for any pepper plant. A stake, trellis or cage is still necessary, but you...

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Marigolds and Tomato Plants Together From Master Gardener David Wall
Mar31

Marigolds and Tomato Plants Together From Master Gardener David Wall

March 31, 2024 – Growing marigolds with your tomato plants is one of the best ways to keep tomatoes happy, healthy, and productive. Marigolds are considered to be one of the best companion plants for many vegetables, but especially for tomato plants. Unlike other annuals, marigolds stay with you under the lousiest of conditions, including drought, bright sunlight, and strong winds without damage while they deter many of tomato...

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What’s the Best Shovel for Your Garden From Master Gardener David Wall
Mar26

What’s the Best Shovel for Your Garden From Master Gardener David Wall

March 26, 2024 – For most of us, a shovel is a shovel is just a shovel, never mind that there are so many types; short-handled, long-handled, rounded, round-point, flat, ditching, long bladed, trenching, and serrated.  Additionally, there’s the digging spade, garden spade, perennial spade, and scoops. They’re made from steel, plastic, stainless steel, carbon fiber, and aluminum. And, there’s the price from under $10 to over...

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