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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 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.