Garden Help Desk: Keeping aphids off your trees and plants via Daily Herald

Garden Help Desk: Keeping aphids off your trees and plants via Daily Herald

Garden Help Desk: Keeping aphids off your trees and plants via Daily Herald

Question: I think my peach tree has aphids, but how can I be sure?

A: Green peach aphids are the most common aphids on peach trees. They are small and can be difficult to detect, but their damage is very noticeable.

Some of the telltale signs of aphids are curling leaves at the tips of branches and twigs or a sticky coating called honeydew on the leaves. The sticky coating can attract nuisance pests or cause sooty black mold growth. Although these symptoms look distressing, aphids don’t really harm healthy trees. Very high aphid populations can also cause wilting, yellow leaves, stunted growth, premature leaf drop, deformed fruit, or staining on fruit in peach trees.

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Recycled Wood Chevron Planter Box via Stuff Seth Makes

Recycled Wood Chevron Planter Box via Stuff Seth Makes

A few years ago I had some scrap wood laying around and wanted to upcycle and build something with it.  This was also around the time when the chevron pattern was getting popular and starting to pick up momentum.  What I came up with was a really cool and fun chevron pattern garden box using recycled wood.  After I completed the build, I shot the following photos of it and put it on our blog:

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27 tips, tricks and hacks for creating your very first vegetable garden via The Los Angeles Times

27 tips, tricks and hacks for creating your very first vegetable garden via The Los Angeles Times

27 tips, tricks and hacks for creating your very first vegetable garden via The Los Angeles Times

Oh, vegetable planting time! Tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin, basil and other delicious summer edibles can all be planted now.

If you are building your first vegetable garden, here are some tips for success:

1. Put the garden near your kitchen door. That might not be the most attractive spot for it, but the easier it is to get to, the more attention you will give it.
2. Build raised beds. Our soils here in Southern California are not naturally fertile enough for vegetables so rather than struggle to add amendments to the soil, build a big “container” and fill it with the best soil possible. That’s a raised bed.

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The Best Vegetables to Grow in a Community Garden Plot via The Creative Vegetable Gardener

The Best Vegetables to Grow in a Community Garden Plot via The Creative Vegetable Gardener

The Best Vegetables to Grow in a Community Garden Plot via The Creative Vegetable Gardener

Growing food in a community garden plot is a very unique style of gardening with great benefits and some tough challenges that home gardeners don’t experience.

The benefits: meeting kind and generous people from all over the world who share a love of gardening and learning from each of them by watching what they grow and how they set up their gardens.

The challenges: the far distance from your house which often limits how frequently you can visit your garden, and the difficulty of managing your garden from afar.

If you’re not careful, these challenges can make community garden plots feel more like a burden than a joy.

But, don’t worry! A lot of the hardship can be avoided if you pick the right vegetables for growing in a community garden.

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News: Community garden celebrates Earth Day with learning, vendors, games and music via Pensacola News Journal

Some great ideas for events that you can hold in your own community garden that go far beyond gardening itself. — Douglas

News: Community garden celebrates Earth Day with learning, vendors, games and music via Pensacola News Journal

News: Community garden celebrates Earth Day with learning, vendors, games and music via Pensacola News Journal

Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m., Tom Garner, from East Hill Edible Gardens will be teaching the Tough Weed Clinic to educate gardening enthusiast how to get rid of dollarweed, Florida Betony, and nutgrass. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the gate or online as well.

Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. over a dozen vendors will be set up around the garden to welcome Slow Ride participants and guests. While exploring and supporting local handmade goods and crafts, visitors can also tour the grounds and play lawn games before and after the bike ride. This event is free and open to the public. 

Throughout the day, Dixon School of the Arts Scholars will perform music. At 3:30 p.m. author Krissy Bystrom Emery will take the stage with story time, where she will read from her book, The Paw Paw Fruit Does the Cha Cha Scoot; she will also have books available for purchase.

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How To Build An Elevated Garden via Addicted 2 Decorating

How To Build An Elevated Garden via Addicted 2 Decorating

How To Build An Elevated Garden via Addicted 2 Decorating

Good morning, all! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! The weather here was absolutely gorgeous, so I took the opportunity to work on a project outside–building an elevated garden table. These table gardens can be made to any size, and are perfect for people who live in apartments or condos, or who people who have a tiny back yard with no space for an in-ground garden.

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How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches via Bonnie Plants

There are lots of ways to plant your community garden plot. Starting today I’l be highlighting a variety of methods, plants and designs I have found on my Internet travels. Hopefully, something here will spark with you and get you planting your own plot, whether in a community garden or elsewhere. — Douglas

How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches via Bonnie Plants

How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches via Bonnie Plants

This half-day project makes gardening easier and more comfortable. It’s higher than most raised beds, so you don’t have to bend over quite as much, plus it has a bench on each side so you can sit while you plant, weed, and harvest. This is an ideal garden set-up for older gardeners, folks with back or knee problems, or anyone simply looking for an attractive, unique style of raised bed to add to the yard.

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