Last week was National Moth Week. Here’s my blog post from the GROBigRed Blog last week about some of the moths you don’t want in your garden – vegetable pests! So this week is National Moth Week. Much of the info you’ll see online is about how to attract nice moths to your garden, how some moths are pollinators, and other interesting moth facts. … Continue reading National Moth Week: Not all that flutters is friendly
These destructive pests can decimate a landscape, but they can also do some serious damage to vegetables and fruits. Adult beetles will feed on just about anything if they are hungry enough, but they definitely have their favorites. Most commonly, they feed on fruits such as apple, crabapple, grapes, peach, cherry, blackberries, and raspberries and vegetables such as asparagus, corn (foliage and silks), beans, okra, and rhubarb. Continue reading Controlling Japanese Beetles in Fruits and Vegetables
Storm damage to fruits and vegetables can take various forms. From broken limbs in fruit trees to hail damage on fruits and vegetables or flooding raising food safety concerns, severe weather can have significant effects for the health and productivity of the garden. Some damage will require maintenance, while other warrants a wait-and-see approach. Here’s a list of some common types of damage to fruits and vegetables and what you should do (or shouldn’t do) about it. Continue reading Storm Damage in Fruit and Vegetable Gardens
I wrote and published this post for the GROBigRed blog on 6/21/17. Check out that blog for great gardening information from all of my Nebraska Extension colleagues in Omaha. Pollinators and the food we eat – GRO Big Red It has been well-established and well-discussed that pollinators are responsible for the production (and reproduction) of about 35 percent of the crops that we grow for … Continue reading Pollinators and the food we eat
Many gardeners keep their ornamentals and edibles segregated: fruits and vegetables go in neat rows or tidy boxes in the backyard and ornamentals are given domain over the front yard landscape. But what if we blurred the lines a bit? Continue reading Edible Landscaping: Play with your food
My latest contribution to the GROBigRed blog… GRO Big Red Flowers are wonderful. They fill our lives with color, help provide us with food and ensure plants can reproduce. Gardeners, whether they grow ornamentals or vegetables, try to encourage flowers on their plants. However, flowers are not always a positive in the life of a plant. There are times when a gardener, especially one who … Continue reading Sometimes Late Bloomers are Best
A post I wrote for the GROBigRed blog on selecting tomato varieties, check it out below… GRO Big Red Tomatoes are perhaps the most popular plant grown in the home garden., both because home grown tomatoes are often higher quality than those found in grocery stores and because they are common in many different types of traditional dishes cuisines. Even people who don’t have a … Continue reading Choosing the Best Tomatoes for Your Garden
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you are out and about looking for a four leaf clover on this auspicious day, keep in mind that the thing that makes them lucky is that they are hard to find. A true four leaflet (a clover technically only has a simple leaf with multiple leaflets) clover is a four-leaved variation of the usually… Continue reading What makes a four-leaf clover a lucky legume?
Here’s wishing you a happy CSA Day! What’s that, you say? You don’t know what a CSA is? CSA stands for “Consumer Supported Agriculture” and it is a great way for the community and consumers to support their local farms by taking some of the monetary risk out of farming. The easiest way to think about it is like an investment – you give the … Continue reading Happy CSA Day!
Its been about two weeks since I got started in my new job with Nebraska Extension and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Now that the hubub of getting all of my “official” paperwork done is settling down, I’m starting to get to the meat and potatoes of my work. But since I’m settling into my new office “home,” I’ll have to make sure everything is … Continue reading Getting settled in