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Controlling Cutworms In Your Organic Vegetable Garden

Posted by admin on Nov 19, 2014 under organic vegetable garden

I ventured out into my organic vegetable garden last week and I was disturbed to find a huge cutwormorganic vegetable garden cutworm had nearly eaten one-fourth of my largest tomato plant. Needless to say, I removed that worm from my plant and I destroyed it with a lot of anger.

Gardening is difficult enough, but adding nasty cutworms into the formula just makes it a little more difficult. These little grubs make my skin shake and I had to find a solution to my problem.

(For more organic solutions on solving other pest problems, visit my posting called Pest Controls From Your Kitchen Cabinet)

Cutworms are the larvae of a lot of different types of moths. They look like caterpillars and are usually green, brown, or yellow in color. … the one I found was a light-yellow. Cutworms usually like the new, tender growth, but some of them will chew through the stem of the plant and sometimes even the roots.

I read a lot of crafty ways to prevent cutworms from eating my plants. I read about placing tin foil around the base of the plants and/or using slitted cardboard to prevent the worms from crawling up the plant. And, of course, I read a lot of suggestions about using chemicals and pesticides… but, these are not an option in my organic vegetable garden.

Easy Solution For Getting Rid of Cutworms

The easiest solution I found for getting rid of cutworms is to simply use corn meal… that’s it!. Simply spread a layer of corn meal around the base of each plant… make that layer about 6″ wide.

As it turns out, cutworms love the corn meal, but they can’t digest.. they consume it and they die.

Originally, I got this idea from the video below, but I also read about it in this eHow article.

Now, in this movie, the girl puts a barrier around each plant such as a plastic bottle and tin can. I didn’t place these barriers… I just put the corn meal directly on the ground with no barrier.

I started doing this in my organic vegetable garden four days ago and I’ve found the dead carcasses of a half-dozen cutworms at the base of my plants… I haven’t found any living cutworms on my plants.

Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog…

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Building A New Organic Vegetable Garden Dome

Posted by admin on Feb 19, 2012 under organic vegetable garden

It’s February, and we are still harvesting an enormous amount of vegetables from our organic vegetable garden. That’s because we (my husband and I) had built a small greenhouse for less than $50organic vegetable garden year-before-last. That small greenhouse allows us continue to grow organic vegetables even when the temperature is freezing outside.

I wrote an article about building this greenhouse in August of 2010 and if you missed reading that article, you can read it here: An Organic Vegetable Garden Dome for Under $50. I encourage you to read this short article.

We’ve had this small greenhouse for nearly 2 years now and we are certainly happy that we did build it. But, it has only made my husband and I more eager to do this type of vegetable gardening in a bigger and easier way. You see, there were some drawbacks to this inexpensive type of greenhouse gardening.

First, the greenhouse we built was low to the ground, so we have to do a great deal of bending to maintain and harvest our garden. As we get older, this is becoming more of a problem.

Secondly, we have to remove the plastic from the “ribs” of the greenhouse whenever we are maintaining and harvesting our organic vegetable garden. And, when we are finished, we have to re-cover the greenhouse with the plastic… not difficult to do, but just a pain to do.

Well, this year, my husband and I have decided to take our greenhouse gardening to the next step. We are going to build a larger greenhouse with raised beds… a greenhouse that has doors on it for ease of entry and windows that will allow ventilation while we are gardening. Best of all, we have found a way to do this for less than $500!

In these tight times, money is important to us as it is to most families.

The idea to build this type of greenhouse was not really our idea, but we found it online in an ebook called the Biodome Revolution. This ebook shows you step-by-step on how to build a Geodesic Greenhouse Dome and where and how to get the materials at a fraction of the cost.

Now, this ebook is being marketed by Clickbank for $49.97, it’s well worth the cost. Otherwise, we would never have ever thought of building a greenhouse like this. And, if we had of thought of it, how much time and materials would we have wasted trying to build this structue? Well, I can tell you… a lot!

My husband and I bought this ebook knowing that we had a 60-day guarantee to return it and to get all of our money back… but, we won’t be returning it! We were surprised at how much info this ebook contained and how good the step-by step instructions were.

Spring is approaching and we plan on building our Geodesic Greenhouse Dome as soon as the weather turns a little warmer… that should be in about seven weeks.

To give you an idea of what my husband and I are looking forward to, watch this short video:

Now, watch this short video that shows some of the construction steps. Supposedly, this dome was assembled in four hours, which may be true if all of the sections were previously constructed and assembled.

The Geodesic Greenhouse Dome that we are going to construct is going to be a 32 foot diameter dome. This dome will allow us to grow some citrus trees that we have previously been unable to grow in our organic vegetable garden.

Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog…

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Grow Incredible Tomatoes In Your Organic Vegetable Garden

Posted by admin on Apr 19, 2011 under organic vegetable garden

Spring has sprung and I’ve just planted the tomatoes in our organic vegetable garden. There is something about growing tomatoes that really gets my juices flowing. And this year, I’m doing it a little differently. You see, I found this incredible e-book that’s called Organic Tomato Magic and I’ve learned some really neat things that I had never thought of before.

For example, did you know that most tomato plants have too many leaves? These leaves consume nutrients from the stem of the tomato plant which robs the nutrients from getting to the actual fruit of the plant. If you don’t prune these leaves, the tomatoes will be smaller.

Likewise, too many leaves on the tomato plant reduces air circulation around the fruit. The tomatoes need this air circulation to help make the skin on the tomatoes stronger and more elastic…thus, reducing cracking on ripening tomatoes.

Watch this quick video to get a better idea on how to prune your tomato leaves in your organic vegetable garden:

This is only a pinch of information that I got from Organic Tomato Magic. If you enjoy growing luscious red tomatoes like I do, I know you will enjoy this book.

Right now, you can enjoy a few more of these tips for FREE…just click this LINK. After submitting your first name and email address, you’ll be sent a FREE REPORT called 3 Secrets To Growing Incredible Tomatoes. Even if you don’t buy this book, you can still keep this FREE REPORT!

But, if you love to grow tomatoes like I do, I think after you read this FREE REPORT you will really want to buy the book. I grow tomatoes for 5-months every year and I’m sure glad to have it.

This year, I’m looking forward to picking the biggest, red tomatoes that I’ve ever picked from my organic vegetable garden.

Until next time from the Organic Gardening How To Blog

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Expert Help To Grow An Organic Vegetable Garden

Posted by admin on Aug 30, 2010 under organic vegetable garden
It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional gardener or a novice at it, it’s always good to have some expert help in raising an organic vegetable garden. Now, there is some super new online software that will provide you that expert help. It’s called EZGarden.

EZGarden will walk you through the entire process. It will help you design, plant, tend, and harvest your organic vegetable garden.

The software is designed to help anyone to be successful at gardening, no matter where you live. To begin with, EZGarden will ask you to provide the zip code for your gardening area. EZGarden goes out and retrieves valuable data concerning your soil type and climatic conditions.

Based on other information that EZGarden will ask you, EZGarden will help you to decide what to plant and when to do it. It will provide you information on how deep to plant and what the spacing should be. EZGarden will even make suggestions on companion planting and crop rotations.

Once your organic vegetable garden is planted, EZGarden will provide you a weekly task list on things that should be done in your garden. You can even ask EZGarden to send you this weekly task list in a separate email.

Watch this video for some more info on EZGarden:

Pretty cool software, isn’t it!

Give EZGarden a try. It certainly makes growing an organic vegetable garden a whole lot easier!

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An Organic Vegetable Garden Dome House For Under $50

Posted by admin on Aug 17, 2010 under organic vegetable garden

Fall is quickly approaching and all organic gardeners know what that means – frost followed by snow. Extend your organic vegetable garden’s life by building this simple-to-build dome house. You’ll be able to grow delicious organic vegetables long into the fall season and perhaps all winter long!

The only materials that you’ll need are:

5 Pcs. – 1/2″ PVC schedule 40 pipe, each 10′ long

3 Pcs. – 1/2″ x 1″ x 8′ (1×2’s) pine boards (preferably treated)

2 Pcs. – 1-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ x 8′ (split one 2×4) pine boards (treated)

16 Ea. – 1/2″ roofing nails

1 Pc. – Sheet of heavy duty clear plastic

String or wire to secure the wood to the top of the PVC

Construction is simple. Watch this short video to see how easy it is to keep your organic vegetable garden growing during the approaching cold weather months:

And, what’s great about this is that you’ll be able to start next year’s organic vegetable garden much earlier in the spring!


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