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My Homemade Seedling Protectors

My Homemade Seedling Protectors

Seeds that are directly sown into the garden need protection.  I have had many new seedlings emerge in the garden only to have them accidentally dug out by foraging birds or purposefully eaten by hungry garden visitors. I invented my own method to protect my emerging seedlings.  Small, simple to make, re-usable covers that pin into the soil with wire hooks.

How to Save Crops from Cabbage White Butterfly and Other Pesky Caterpillars

How to Save Crops from Cabbage White Butterfly and Other Pesky Caterpillars

Those white butterflies flapping merrily around your vegetable garden may look lovely and whimsical but they are the bane of most gardeners.  Once their eggs hatch into plump green caterpillars your crops leaves will slowly but surely develop ever increasing holes.  It’s not impossible to beat this plant predator but it does require planning and forward thinking to save yourself from an infestation where you have more holes in your vegetables than leaves.

How to Identify and Control Spider Mites

How to Identify and Control Spider Mites

It was the start of September and I excitedly sowed my bean seeds.  They sprouted and grew well but just as they started to flower they began to show signs of what I thought was nutrient deficiency.  They had pale mottling across their leaves and lacklustre growth, which didn’t abate with the application of liquid fertilisers so I went in for further examination.  A close look revealed little tiny rust coloured speck like bugs.  Once again I had to refer to my gardening books and the internet, I found the tiny little blighters were in fact spider mites.