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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News: Cool Schools: St. Thomas School builds community garden via ABC 57 News

News: Cool Schools: St. Thomas School builds community garden via ABC 57 News

News: Cool Schools: St. Thomas School builds community garden via ABC 57 News

ELKHART, Ind. — St. Thomas School in Elkhart is growing the minds of its students, while teaching them how to grow their own food.  

The students there are practicing hands-on learning through a new community garden.

“It was an under-utilized space i think that we had,” said Principal Chris Adamo.

An unused courtyard has been transformed into a garden budding with laughter.

The idea was executed beyond expectation, according to Adamo. He said, it was the director of lunch services, Immacolata Varacalli, who originally thought of a use for the courtyard.

She says after walking through the empty space every day she thought, what about a school garden?

“After researching, the school garden benefits the school so much, said Varacalli. “The children learn from beginning to end about fresh produce and how beneficial it is for us.”

But they are also learning about teamwork. Students say, it was a bonding experience.

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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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News: New Community Garden Project At University Of Indianapolis Enhances Healthy Options For Neighborhood via UIndy 360

News: New Community Garden Project At University Of Indianapolis Enhances Healthy Options For Neighborhood via UIndy 360

News: New Community Garden Project At University Of Indianapolis Enhances Healthy Options For Neighborhood via UIndy 350

With gloves and shovels in hand, volunteers got to work on a community garden on the University of Indianapolis campus, with the goal of bringing access to fresh produce to the surrounding neighborhood. The UIndy and CHNw Community Garden (Serve360°) project is part of an ongoing partnership between the University of Indianapolis and Community Health Network to provide health- and wellness-related opportunities to the Indianapolis southside.

The garden is located on the west side of the United Methodist Church at 4002 Otterbein Ave. From 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20, volunteers from the University of Indianapolis, Community Hospital South, Purdue Extension and South Indy Quality of Life Plan cleaned nine raised garden beds, glued the bed’s cement blocks, shoveled and spread dirt, pulled weeds, and did some planting. 

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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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News: Community garden plants seeds of grow-your-own via Daily Journal Online

News: Community garden plants seeds of grow-your-own via Daily Journal Online

News: Community garden plants seeds of grow-your-own via Daily Journal Online

Most everyone agrees there’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh, homegrown produce. But, what if the thought of a backyard garden is harrowing? A group in one community came up with a perfect solution – and the interest is growing as fast as the plants.

This spring marks the second growing season for the Farmington Community Garden. Melanie Montgomery is with the group and says the garden is made up of a “group of residents who have come together to build a garden.”

There are 42 raised beds on the corner of Perrine Road and Boyce Street in Farmington. Each bed measures four feet by eight feet.

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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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